Novel Superthermite Nanocomposite Hybrid Material Based on CuO Coated Carbon Nanofibers for Advanced Energetic Systems

  • Sherif ElbasuneyEmail author
  • M. Gaber Zaky
  • Rakesh P. Sahu
  • Ishwar K. Puri
  • Mostafa Radwan


The surfaces of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were first pretreated with a catalyst to enable metal deposition and subsequently coated with a nanoscale layer of copper through electroless deposition. The resulting Cu-coated CNF hybrid was annealed at 250 °C to obtain CuO-coated CNFs that were ultrasonically suspended with aluminum nanoparticles (100 nm) in isopropyl alcohol to produce nanothermite colloid; where CuO coating can act as an effective oxidizer for Al nanoparticles. The developed nanothermite colloid was integrated and effectively dispersed in molten tri-nitro toluene (TNT). This novel colloid offers an increase in TNT shock wave strength of by 26% using a ballistic mortar test. Moreover it offers an increase total heat release by 75% using DSC. This is the first time ever to report on nanothermite particles supported on CNFs for highly energetic systems.


Electroless plating Nanoparticles Carbon nanofibers Nanothermites Energetic materials 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherif Elbasuney
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Gaber Zaky
    • 1
  • Rakesh P. Sahu
    • 3
  • Ishwar K. Puri
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mostafa Radwan
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringMilitary Technical CollegeCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Engineering PhysicsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  4. 4.British University in EgyptElshorouk City, CairoEgypt

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