Trinitrotriazidobenzene
Title: Trinitrotriazidobenzene
CAS Registry Number: 29306-57-8
CAS Name: 1,3,5-Triazido-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene
Additional Names: TNTA
Molecular Formula: C6N12O6
Molecular Weight: 336.14
Percent Composition: C 21.44%, N 50.00%, O 28.56%
Literature References: Nontoxic, metal-free, high energy density material. Explodes to produce gaseous nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Prepn: I. O. Turek, Chim. Ind. (Paris) 26, 785 (1931). Use as a fixative in immunofluorescence microscopy: E. McBeath, K. Fujiwara, J. Cell Biol. 99, 2061 (1984). Thermal decompn studies: A. D. Yoffe, Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. A 208, 188 (1951); D. Adam et al., Heteroatom Chem. 10, 548 (1999). Synthesis, crystal structure, and detonation properties: idem et al., Propellants Explosives Pyrotechnics 27, 7 (2002).
Properties: Bright yellow plates from acetic acid, mp 128-130° (dec). d 1.84. Explosive!
Melting point: mp 128-130° (dec)
Density: d 1.84
CAUTION: Sensitive to electrostatic discharge, friction and impact; rapid heating above 168° causes explosion (Adam, 2002).
Use: Initiator or solid rocket propellant in military explosives.

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