Hydronium Copper(II)‐tris(5‐nitrotetrazolate) Trihydrate – A Primary Explosive

Stephen R. Anderson, Pascal Dubé, David D. Ford, Jerry S. Salan, Shannon Lenahan, Neha Mehta, Clifton R. Hamilton, Hydronium Copper(II)‐tris(5‐nitrotetrazolate) Trihydrate – A Primary Explosive, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 40(4) 2015 pp: 457-459.



The long‐time elusive structure of the acid copper(II) salt intermediate in the production of DBX‐1 is presented. The single‐crystal X‐ray shows infinite chains of copper(II) ions complexed by six 5‐nitrotetrazolate anions are aligned along the sixfold axis. Hydronium ions are located on the threefold axis with additional neutral water molecules.


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