Volume 89 Issue 16 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 18, 2011

Green-Lighting Boron Carbide

A new pyrotechnic material burns green in color, is greener for the planet, and is easy on the greenbacks
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: boron carbide, pyrotechnic

A boron carbide-based pyrotechnic that’s green in color, greener for the planet, and easy on the greenbacks has been reported by chemists at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., DOI: 10.1002/anie.201007827). Pyrotechnics that burn green in color are among the least environmentally friendly because such formulations usually contain toxic barium and chlorinated organic compounds. Although alternative green-emitting pyrotechnics have been . . .

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