New Paper: High-pressure structural studies and pressure-induced sensitization of 3,4,5-trinitro-pyrazole
Can pressure accidentally increase the reactivity of energetic materials? It can! A new paper exploring this effect is now out in PhysChemChemPhys, with our friends at the University of Edinbrugh!
New team members!
Oct marks 1 year at the University of Birmingham, and our team is growing! A huge welcome to our two new PhD students Mateusz and Tahlia, and our MSci students Katie and Peter!
New Paper: Role of Mechanical Activation in the Polymorphism of Organic Crystals
Our new paper investigating the role of mechanical activation in the polymorphic transformation of organic crystals by ball milling is now out in Chem. Eur. J! An exciting paper with our friends at the BAM!
Jake has joined the group on a collaborative BAM-Birmingham PhD project to explore the mechanochemistry of battery materials. Looking forward to some exciting science and continued collaboration with the BAM!
ISIS Impact Award 2022 for Adam!
Adam was awarded a 2022 ISIS impact award for his research using neutron scattering and ab initio simulation to study the initiation behaviour of explosive materials. This project, in collaboration with Prof Carole Morrison and Prof Colin Pulham (both U. Edinburgh) and Dr Svemir Rudic (TOSCA, ISIS), has developed new theoretical models to predict explosive sensitivity and opens the door towards in silico design of next generation energetic materials. You can read more about the award here, and an interview with Adam is online here.
New paper in Nature Communications
Our paper describing a new approach to follow mechanochemical reactions using time resolved in situ (TRIS) X-ray powder diffraction has been published in Nature Communications! For the first time we can now follow phase composition and crystal microstructure with high resolution, opening new directions in mechanochemical research.
Research highlighted by ISIS Neutron Facility
Our paper 'Predicting the impact sensitivity of a polymorphic high explosive: the curious case of FOX-7', which used the TOSCA instrument at the ISIS Neutron Facility has been highlighted as an ISIS Research Highlight