Dan Ward, a student in Professor Colin Pulham's group, recently won the oral presentation prize at the Open Day for the EPSRC Centre for Continuous Manufacture and Crystallisation held at the University of Strathclyde. He talks about the award here.
My talk was on 'Controlling a polymorphic transition in the energetic material DNAN'.
DNAN is being researched as a less sensitive replacement for TNT, thereby making it safer to transport and handle. One issue with DNAN is that it has numerous polymorphic forms, which may be the reason why DNAN undergoes irreversible swelling when temperature cycled. The research conducted looked at how to eliminate one such transition - which may then prevent this problematic irreversible swelling.
The CMAC Open Day had over 230 delegates from industry and academia. Industries such as Bayer, AstraZeneca, GSK and Siemens were present. There were numerous invited speakers from both industry and academia and then some researcher presentations. I was selected to present at the open day by CMAC and won 1st place prize for the presentation.