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In the January 7 edition of Angewandte Chemie International, they announced the creation of a substance called octanitrocubane. What's it good for?
After nearly 20 years of effort, researchers have achieved the synthesis of octanitrocubane, a compound that could be one of the most powerful nonnuclear explosives known.
In the early 1980s, Army researchers recognized that cubane derivatives, especially octanitrocubane, could pack an incredible punch.
Octanitrocubane could be twice as powerful as trinitrotoluene (TNT), and "it's thought to be 20 to 25 percent more effective than HMX [octogen], which is the state-of-the-art military explosive right now," says Peter M.
Researchers haven't yet made enough octanitrocubane to check its explosiveness, but tests on the small samples made by Eaton's group show that the compound has a density close to 2 g/[cm.sup.3].
Even though octanitrocubane may pack a powerful punch, it's safe to handle.