Rocket and Missile Propellants

SERDP and ESTCP projects are developing and demonstrating new propellant formulations that do not contain perchlorates, lead compounds, RDX, or other environmentally objectionable materials.

Completed Projects List
Project Title Completed

Environmentally Sustainable Liquid Gas Generator Formulations

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2400
Principal Investigator: Nora Dimas, Aerojet Rocketdyne
SERDP Oct 2019

Eliminating Lead, RDX, and AP in a Castable EMMS-Configured Propellant While Maintaining Performance

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2143
Principal Investigator: Mr. Bradley Sleadd, Indian Head Division, NSWC
SERDP Jul 2019

Nitration Enzyme Toolkit for the Biosynthesis of Energetic Materials

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2332
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Graham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
SERDP Feb 2018

Applying Synthetic Biology Principles to Increase Biocellulose (BC) Production

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2333
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Fuller, APTIM Federal Services, LLC
SERDP Aug 2017

The Development of Novel Environmentally Sustainable Binders for Energetic Formulations

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2407
Principal Investigator: Dr. Matthew T. Burk PhD., Nalas Engineering Services
SERDP Jun 2015

Novel Energetic Polyphosphazene Polymer Binder System for Environmentally Benign Rocket Propellants

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2141
Principal Investigator: Mr. Joseph Clubb, Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division
SERDP May 2015

Lead-Free Ballistic Modifier for Rocket Motor Propellants

Project Information
Project ID: WP-200727
Principal Investigator: Mr. Darren Thompson, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
ESTCP May 2015

Evaluation of Metal-Bound Porphyrins and Porphyrazins as Lead Salt Replacements for Ballistic Modifiers in Minimum Signature XLDB Propellants

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2140
Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Riley, ATK Missile Subsystems and Components
SERDP Jul 2014

Novel, Oxygen Rich Materials as Potential Ammonium Perchlorate Alternatives

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1764
Principal Investigator: Dr. Greg Drake, U.S. Army
SERDP Mar 2012

Trinitromethyl Ethers and Other Derivatives as Superior Oxidizers (SEED Project)

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1766
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Chapman, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
SERDP Aug 2011

Perchlorate and Halogen-Free High Energy Dense Oxidizers

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1765
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Klapotke, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
SERDP Jun 2011

Robust, Perchlorate-Free Propellants with Reduced Pollution

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1404
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Ciaramitaro, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
SERDP Apr 2008

Synthesis, Evaluation, and Formulation Studies in New Oxidizers as Alternatives to Ammonium Perchlorate in DoD Missile Propulsion Applications

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1403
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dewey, ATK Thiokol
SERDP Apr 2007

Nitrocellulose-Based Propellant Manufacturing Waste Minimization

Project Information
Project ID: WP-199804
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suzanne Prickett, Naval Surface Warfare Center
ESTCP Dec 2006

Elimination of Toxic Materials and Solvents from Solid Propellant Components

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1058
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Stanley, AMSAM-RD-PS-R
SERDP Jan 2001

Photocatalytic Destruction of Nitrate Esters in Air

Project Information
Project ID: WP-199506
Principal Investigator: Mr. Michael Lateulere, NSWC Indian Head Division
ESTCP Apr 2000

Green Energetic Materials

Project Information
Project ID: WP-1115
Principal Investigator: Mr. Marc Magdinec, Naval Surface Warfare Center
SERDP Nov 1999

DoD/DOE Clean Agile Manufacturing of Energetics

Project Information
Project ID: WP-63
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jim Short, Office of Naval Research (Code 333)
SERDP Oct 1998