Catalytic ignition of ionic liquids for propellant applications.

Department of Chemistry and Center for Green Manufacturing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA.
Chemical Communications (Impact Factor: 6.38). 10/2010; 46(47):8965-7. DOI: 10.1039/c0cc02162h
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ABSTRACT In this proof of concept study, the ionic liquids, 2-hydroxyethylhydrazinium nitrate and 2-hydroxyethylhydrazinium dinitrate, ignited on contact with preheated Shell 405 (iridium supported on alumina) catalyst and energetically decomposed with no additional ignition source, suggesting a possible route to hydrazine replacements.

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