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Chemistry Laboratories

Chemistry Laboratories

Contact:Mike Stanley
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Phone: 575.835.5312

The primary focus of the Chemistry Laboratories is to develop answers to research questions both for energetic materials and other materials. The synthesis of new energetic materials, their testing and performance products are analyzed to provide safety information.

A variety of research projects supported by private and public corporations, the National Science Foundation, DoE, and DoD are ongoing in the laboratories each year. These projects make use of the laboratories' state-of-the-art equipment, including Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Fourier Transform Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), an Agilent Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) with an autosampler and other equipment designed to provide information with a high level of accuracy and precision.

Equipment utilized in the Chemistry Laboratories includes the following:

Other equipment available:

The EMRTC Chemistry Laboratories work closely with the other divisions of EMRTC and its affiliates such as METTOP, IERA and the Playas Training and Resource Center. The Chemistry Laboratories also work closely with The Center for Energetic Materials and Energetic Devices (CEMED) an organization that solves practical problems utilizing the skills and facilities of New Mexico Tech/EMRTC, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.

The primary focus of the Chemistry Laboratory is the thermal decomposition mechanisms of explosives and propellants. The reaction products and kinetics of decomposition are analyzed to provide necessary safety information on these materials.

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