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Energetic Materials (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular to Macroscale Mechanisms in Energetic Materials Performance


June 4-5, 2016


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT


Katie E. Brown & Hayleigh J. Lloyd

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Energetic Materials is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 Energetic Materials GRS will focus on the mechanisms behind energetic materials performance, from the chemical and molecular to large-scale effects. Graduate students and early career scientists are encouraged to present not only the "what", but also the "why" or "how".

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Energetic Materials" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmNanostructured Materials
Discussion Leaders: Christopher Molek (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA) and William Shaw (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmRachel Huber (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"The Role of Atmosphere in Nanocarbon Formation Under Extreme Conditions for Detonation of Composition B"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmChristopher Shuck (University of Notre Dame, USA)
"Quantitative 3D Analysis of the Ni-Al System: Nanostructure-Reactivity Relationship"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCombustion and Ignition
Discussion Leaders: Brian Barnes (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA) and Will Bassett (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmVincent Baijot (Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, CNRS, France)
"A Bottom-Up Micro-Kinetic Approach to the Al Combustion Modeling in an Oxidizing Atmosphere"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmKerri-Lee Chintersingh (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
"Oxidation Kinetics and Combustion of Boron Particles with Functionalized Surfaces"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmJeffery DeLisio (University of Maryland, USA)
"Reaction Mechanisms of Air Sensitive Aluminum Clusters at High Heating Rates"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pmMichael Soo (McGill University, Canada)
"Combustion Regimes of Aluminum Particles in Dense Suspensions"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Grapes (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Fundamentals of Ignition in Reactive Materials"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNovel and Unexpected Energetic Materials
Discussion Leaders: Devon Swanson (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Daniel Ward (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amJonathan Bennion (University of Michigan, USA)
"The Quest for a Better Boom: Cocrystallization of Energetic Materials"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amTomasz Witkowski (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
"5,5'-Bis(2,4,6-Trinitrophenyl)-2,2'-Bi(1,3,4-Oxadiazole): The Novel Heat Resistant Explosive"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amMatthew Schmitt (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"Shock-Driven Reactions in Nano-Sized Aluminum and Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amBrad Steele (University of South Florida, USA)
"Novel High-Nitrogen Energetic Materials"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amMin Sheng (The Dow Chemical Company, USA)
"Reactive Chemical Hazards of Azide Compounds: A Case Study and Lessons Learned"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Careers in Energetic Materials Research
Discussion Leaders: Rachel Huber (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) and Philip Myint (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmDaniel Hooks (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"Explosive Careers at U.S. National Laboratories"
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other documentation.
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