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The crystal structure of beta-RDX-an elusive form of an explosive revealed

Millar, David I.A. and Oswald, I.D.H. and Francis, D.J. and Marshall, William G. and Pulham, C.R. and Cumming, A.S. (2009) The crystal structure of beta-RDX-an elusive form of an explosive revealed. Chemical Communications (London), 5. pp. 562-564. ISSN 0009-241X

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Abstract

The crystal structure of the highly metastable β-form of RDX shows that the molecules adopt different conformations compared to the α-form and that, contrary to previous reports, the β-form obtained at ambient pressure is not the same form as that obtained at elevated temperatures and pressures.