In this field the CNST works in collaboration with forensic science and DSTO investigating areas such as:
Energetic materials are explored within the security area of CNST research. Such structures are defined as a class of material with a high amount of stored chemical energy that can be released. These have novel applications through a range of areas including munitions, detection and neutralisation of explosives and the mining sector. The CNST focusses on exploring the chemistry of nano-energetic materials and examining the structure of these explosive molecules.
Porous Silicon (pSi)
Porous silicon energetic materials are a new class of explosives called “nano-energetics.” They work because of an extremely intimate mixture between the fuel (silicon) and oxidizing agent – reactions that would otherwise not happen now occur explosively. The advantage of these materials is the way that the porous silicon can be prepared using standard techniques available to the electronics industry, and the way that the performance of the material can be tuned by controlling the preparation conditions.
pSi energetic material initiated by a spark