A New Method for the Production of Tetranitroglycoluril From Imidazo-[4,5-d]-Imidazoles With the Loss of Dinitrogen Oxide

Report No. ARL-TR-6829
Authors: William M. Sherrill; Eric C. Johnson
Date/Pages: February 2014; 26 pages
Abstract: A new method for the preparation of tetranitroglycoluril (TNGU) (also known as Sorguyl), is described in which imidazo-[4,5-d]-imidazoles are nitrated with the elimination of dinitrogen oxide (N2O) to generate TNGU. This method of TNGU synthesis results in material that is less sensitive than material produced via alternative routes.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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