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Hydrazoic acid (HN(3))--potentially explosive, highly toxic, and very hygroscopic--is the simplest covalent azide and contains 97.7 wt % nitrogen. Although its molecular structure was established decades ago, its crystal structure has now been solved by X-ray diffraction for the first time. Molecules of HN(3) are connected to each other by hydrogen bonds in(More)
Two recently introduced concepts in the design of new energetic materials, namely complexation and cocrystallization, have been applied in the synthesis and characterization of the energetic copper(II) compound "[Cu(dt-5-e)2(H2O)](ClO4)2," which consists of two different complex cations and can be described as a model energetic ionic cocrystal. The presence(More)
Much of the rapid change in industry, science, and society is brought about by the meteoric development of the microelectronics industry. Daily life is affected by this development; one has only to think of mobile telephones and the chips on modern credit cards. The raw material for microelectronics is the single crystal of silicon, with very high purity(More)
Expensive and explosive! The reaction of ammonia and gold(III) compounds leads to explosive products known as “fulminating gold”. Gold scientists should be aware of the potential hazards involved in the reaction of these starting materials. Herein, a historic and scientific review on this fascinating substance is presented. Fulminating gold has been known(More)
The ambient pressure phase of silicon disulfide (NP-SiS2), published in 1935, is orthorhombic and contains chains of distorted, edge-sharing SiS4 tetrahedra. The first high pressure phase, HP3-SiS2, published in 1965 and quenchable to ambient conditions, is tetragonal and contains distorted corner-sharing SiS4 tetrahedra. Here, we report on the crystal(More)
The alpha-beta phase transition in the novel energetic material 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene, C2H4N4O4 (FOX-7), has been studied by single-crystal X-ray investigations at five different temperatures over the 200-393 K range. In these investigations, the positions of the hydrogen atoms were experimentally determined without any geometric constraints. In(More)
SiO2 exhibits a high-pressure-high-temperature polymorphism, leading to an increase in silicon coordination number and density. However, for the related compound SiS2 such pressure-induced behavior has not been observed with tetrahedral coordination yet. All four crystal structures of SiS2 known so far contain silicon with tetrahedral coordination. In the(More)
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