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Novel synthesis and properties of hydrogen-free detonation nanodiamond

Batsanov, Stepan S.; Osavchuk, Alexander N.; Naumov, Stepan P.; Gavrilkin, Sergey M.; Leskov, Anatoly S.; Mendis, Budhika G.; Beeby, Andrew; Batsanov, Andrei S.

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Stepan S. Batsanov

Alexander N. Osavchuk

Stepan P. Naumov

Sergey M. Gavrilkin

Anatoly S. Leskov

Andrei S. Batsanov


Practically hydrogen-free nanodiamond (HFND), a prospective neutron-optical material, was prepared (in up to 3% yield) by detonating pure or graphite-doped RDX in an ice shell and comprehensively characterized by elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, TEM, SAED, EELS, Raman and IR spectra, ESR, DSC/TGA, and specific-surface (BET) determination. The primary diamond grains are larger (15–16 nm) than in ordinary nanodiamond from RDX/TNT blends (ca. 5 nm) but smaller than in HFND from benzotrifuroxan (27 nm), with electron spins distributed in volume. HFND is much less hygroscopic and more prone to oxidation than ordinary nanodiamond. When heated in air up to 400°С, HFND shown a drastic increase of oxygen/carbon ratio without an apparent loss of mass. The mechanism of hydrogen non-contamination (through segregation of detonation gases) and particle growth is discussed.


Batsanov, S. S., Osavchuk, A. N., Naumov, S. P., Gavrilkin, S. M., Leskov, A. S., Mendis, B. G., …Batsanov, A. S. (2018). Novel synthesis and properties of hydrogen-free detonation nanodiamond. Materials Chemistry and Physics: Including Materials Science Communications, 216, 120-129.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2018
Online Publication Date May 31, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2019
Journal Materials Chemistry and Physics
Print ISSN 0254-0584
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 216
Pages 120-129


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