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— Posted by georgekh on 8:21 pm on Mar. 12, 2002

i just read about it and it said that it is more stable and powerfull than C4 and RDX. does anyone know how its done? the chemical formula is C8N8O16.

— Posted by Hergor on 6:31 am on Mar. 13, 2002

i just read it is harder to make than any kind of conventional plastic explosive. and they said that the scientists had many problems making it. so it’s nothing we’ll ever handle, me thinks… ūüôĀ

— Posted by Zambosan on 10:39 am on Mar. 13, 2002

The compound is based on the precursor cubane; this is a molecule where 8 carbon atoms are arranged in a cube, bonded to each other. ¬†A lot of scientists didn’t even think this arrangement was possible due to the bond angle. ¬†I don’t know what the reaction is, but I imagine it must take place under strictly controlled temp, pressure, concentrations, etc. ¬†Octonitrocubane is nitrated at each carbon, hence 8 nitro groups. ¬†It’s so powerful due to its molecular density, allowing a detonation wave to travel thru it at insane speeds.

They’re doing all sorts of neat things with carbon these days… buckminster fullerenes (buckyballs), which are like hollow footballs made of carbon, are extremely strong lubricants, and carbon nanotubes are being used in medical research as well as superconducting interconnects for microelectronic machinery.

— Posted by Potassium on 11:51 am on Mar. 13, 2002

He-he-he! First of all I’d say that it is perspective explosive. It means that it is very hardly to make. It can be make by nitration phurane many times (not a lot of ! )

— Posted by georgekh on 6:25 pm on Mar. 24, 2002

so all you ahve to do is nitrate small amounts of phurane to make it?

— Posted by Zambosan on 1:12 pm on Mar. 25, 2002

GAAAA no. ¬†The chemists researching this stuff managed to nitrate the first four sites using fairly simple substitution reactions, but the other four proved to be very difficult, and the methods they used are as of now *not* published. ¬†They haven’t even managed to synthesize enough of it to test its explosive properties, although it is *very* dense. ¬†So forget about it already.

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