Matzger Research Group

March, 2017: We have two new rotators this semester -- Nate and Justin. Welcome! Additionally, first year students Greg and Ryan have joined the group.

Also, we are saddened to say goodbye to postdocs Raj and Yiyang. Thank you for the hard work and expertise over the past years. You both will be missed.

December, 2016: Congratulations to now Dr. Jon Bennion for defending his dissertation!

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

McDonald, K. A.; Seth, S.; Matzger, A. J. "Coordination Polymers with High Energy Density: An Emerging Class of Explosives" Cryst. Growth Des., 2015, 15, 5963-5972 (online)

Bennion, J. C.; McBain, A.; Son, S. F.; Matzger, A. J. "Design and Synthesis of a Series of Nitrogen-Rich Energetic Cocrystals of 5,5'-Dinitro-2H,2H'-3,3'-bi-1,2,4-triazole (DNBT)" Cryst. Growth Des., 2015, 15, 2545-2549 (online)

Landenberger, K. B.; Bolton, O.; Matzger, A. J. "Energetic-Energetic Cocrystals of Diacetone Diperoxide (DADP): Dramatic and Divergent Sensitivity Modifications via Cocrystallization" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 5074-5079 (online)

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

Updated May 2016