SERDP and ESTCP Webinar: Energetic Materials and Munitions

July 21, 2021

SERDP and ESTCP Webinar: Energetic Materials and Munitions

This Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) webinar focuses on Department of Defense-funded research to replace hazardous delay compositions used by the military with environmentally benign alternatives.

Specifically, investigators will discuss environmentally-sustainable, gasless delay compositions for use in fuzes for hand grenades, as well as a strontium molybdate-based and chromium-free delay composition to replace the standard T-10 pyrotechnic delay composition.


Dr. Jay Poret has worked in the Pyrotechnics Technology Division of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) since 2003. His research interests include the development of environmentally benign pyrotechnic compositions, combustion modeling, and optical measurement systems. Dr. Poret earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in materials engineering from the University of Alabama. He received a doctoral degree in materials science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Anthony Shaw has worked in the Pyrotechnics Technology Division of ARDEC since 2010. His research interests include the thermodynamics of energetic materials, the design of pyrotechnic systems, and high-temperature inorganic chemistry. Dr. Shaw received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He subsequently earned two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in chemistry from Columbia University.

Dr. Andrew Ihnen is a research scientist at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California. He has worked for the U.S. Navy since 2012. He is currently investigating the formulation of energetic materials for printing using a wide range of additive manufacturing technologies. Dr. Ihnen’is the recipient of both the Dr. William B. McLean Award and the Michelson Laboratory Award in recognition of his work from the Naval Air Systems Command. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in materials engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.