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DFT calculations on nitrodiborane compounds as new potential high energy materials


We have used DFT methods to determine the structures and thermochemistry of several nitro-substituted diborane molecules in an attempt to rate their potential as high energy materials. The properties of nitrodiborane, three isomers of dinitrodiborane, trinitrodiborane, and tetranitrodiborane were calculated using the B3LYP density functional method. Our results indicate that the absolute enthalpy of combustion decreases with increasing nitro content, in contrast with other nitro-substituted systems that have been studied previously.

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Abdelmalik, J., Ball, D.W. DFT calculations on nitrodiborane compounds as new potential high energy materials. J Mol Model 16, 915–918 (2010).

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  • Nitrodiborane
  • DFT calculation
  • High energy material