Matzger Research Group
Porous Materials
Crystal Polymorphism
Physisorbed Monolayers
Energetic Materials
Energetic Materials

Traditional methods of improving the power and stability of energetic materials have focused primarily on modifying chemical structure, uncovering denser polymorphs, or formulating composite materials. Cocrystallization, a method that combines existing compounds into a single crystal lattice to realize new and unique materials, is an alternative way to achieve significant improvements while avoiding the challenges and uncertainty associated with traditional methods. By cocrystallizing energetic compounds of complementary oxygen balance, stability, or density, novel and attractive energetic materials are created. Furthermore, energetic cocrystals have the potential to act as smart materials by offering solid state properties more complex than those of pure materials.

Recent Publications

Landenberger, K. B.; Bolton, O. J.; Matzger, A. J. "Two Isostructural Explosive Cocrystals with Significantly Different Thermodynamic Stabilities" Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6468-6471 (online)

Bolton, O.; Simke, L. R.; Pagoria, P. F.; Matzger, A. J. "High Power Explosive with Good Sensitivity: A 2:1 Cocrystal of CL-20:HMX" Cryst. Growth. Des., 2012, 12, 4311-4314 (online)

Landenberger, K. B.; Matzger, A. J. "Cocrystals of 1,3,5,7-Tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazacyclooctane (HMX)" Cryst. Growth. Des., 2012, 12, 3603-3609 (online)

Bolton, O.; Matzger, A. J., "Improved Stability and Smart-Material Functionality Realized in an Energetic Cocrystal" Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 8960-8963 (online)

Updated 6/29/2013