O-121 Magnesium/xenon(II) fluoride (max) A new high energy density material

July 2008
Dr Ernst-Christian Koch (Energetic Materials) , Volker Weiser, Evelin Roth and Stefan Keizenberg Fraunhofer Institut für Chemische Technologie (ICT), Germany

For the first time a high energy density material based on magnesium and xenon(II) fluoride, XeF2, has been prepared and characterized spectroscopically. With Tc = 2575 K MAX exceeds the combustion temperature of magnesium/Teflon/Viton (MTV) in air which is ~2100 K. MAX displays very high mass consumption rate and similar exothermicity as MTV.

The UV spectra of MAX combustion flames under nitrogen atmosphere show Mg* and MgF as a transient species.

Presentation details

This paper was presented to the 39th International Annual Conference of ICT on Energetic Materials: Characterisation and Performance of Advanced Systems held in Karlsruhe, Germany on 24-27 June 2008