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Energetic Materials

From Cradle to Grave

  • Manoj K. Shukla
  • Veera M. Boddu
  • Jeffery A. Steevens
  • Reddy Damavarapu
  • Jerzy Leszczynski
  • Describes recent advances and the future of energetic materials as well as remediation strategies

  • Includes contributions from theoretical and experimental researchers working in the field of energetic materials

  • Features “cradle to grave” information on energetic materials

  • Written by leading international experts


Part of the Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics book series (COCH, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alexander J. Paraskos
    Pages 91-134
  3. Chris Haines, Lauren Morris, Zhaohua Luan, Zac Doorenbos
    Pages 135-170
  4. Ryan A. Austin, H. Keo Springer, Laurence E. Fried
    Pages 243-270
  5. Veera M. Boddu, Carmen Costales-Nieves, Reddy Damavarapu, Dabir S. Viswanath, Manoj K. Shukla
    Pages 343-371
  6. Susan Taylor, Katerina Dontsova, Marianne Walsh
    Pages 407-443
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 481-482

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive account of energetic materials, including their synthesis, computational modeling, applications, associated degradation mechanisms, environmental consequences and fate and transport. This multi-author contributed volume describes how armed forces around the world are moving their attention from legacy explosive compounds, which are heat and shock sensitive (thus posing greater challenges in terms of handling and storage), to the insensitive munitions compounds/formulations such as insensitive munitions explosive (IMX) and the Picatinny Arsenal Explosive (PAX) series of compounds. The description of energetic materials focuses on explosives, pyrotechnic compositions, and propellants. The contributors go on to explain how modern generation energetic compounds must be insensitive to shock and heat but at the same time yield more energy upon explosion. Nanoinspired and/or co-crystallized energetic materials offer another route to generate next-generation energetic materials, and this authoritative book bridges a large gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive analysis of these compounds. Additionally, it includes a valuable overview of energetic materials, a detailed discussion of recent advances on future energetic compounds, nanotechnology in energetic materials, environmental contamination and toxicity, assessment of munitions lethality, the application quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) in design of energetics and the fate and transport of munition compounds in the environment.


Energetic Materials Explosives Pyrotechnic Compositions Propellant Explosive Compounds Insensitive Munitions Compounds Insensitive Munitions Formulations Explosives Modeling Explosives Fate Explosives Environment Explosive Compounds Modeling Explosives Applications Explosives Synthesis Co-crystallized Energetic Materials Nano Energetic Materials Remediation Technologies QSAR Energetic Materials QSAR Energetic Compounds

Editors and affiliations

  • Manoj K. Shukla
    • 1
  • Veera M. Boddu
    • 2
  • Jeffery A. Steevens
    • 3
  • Reddy Damavarapu
    • 4
  • Jerzy Leszczynski
    • 5
  1. 1.US Army Engineer Research and Development CenterVicksburgUSA
  2. 2.US Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research ServicePeoriaUSA
  3. 3.US Army Engineer Research and Development CenterVicksburgUSA
  4. 4.US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering CenterPicatinnyUSA
  5. 5.Jackson State UniversityJacksonUSA

About the editors

Manoj Shukla is Computational Chemistry Team Leader at the Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA.

Veera M. Boddu is the Research Leader of the Plant Polymer Research Unit (PPL) at the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (NCAUR), Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, ARS/USDA, 1815 N. University St., Peoria, IL  61604, USA

Jeffery Steevens is a Research Toxicologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, MO, USA.

Damavarapu Reddy is Research Chemist at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ, USA.

Jerzy Leszczynski is a Professor of Chemistry and President's Distinguished Fellow at the Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA. 

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