Nanoscale Additives Tailor Energetic Materials Academic Article uri icon


  • The effect of anatase, rutile, and amorphous TiO 2 nanoparticles on the combustion of solid rocket propellant was investigated. Each additive increased the burning rate of propellant strands by 30%. Typical fast-burning propellants are unstable due to oversensitivity to pressure variations, but the anatase additive yielded propellants with high yet stable burning rates over a broad pressure range. Anatase nanoparticles also catalyzed the high-temperature decomposition of ammonium Perchlorate, a key component of solid propellant. © 2007 American Chemical Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Reid, D. L., Russo, A. E., Carro, R. V., Stephens, M. A., LePage, A. R., Spalding, T. C., Petersen, E. L., & Seal, S.

citation count

  • 94

publication date

  • July 2007