Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN)
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  • Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) is a compound commonly used industrially in the manufacture of detonating fuse and therapeutically as a vasodilator
  • PETN – C5H8O12N4 – is a white crystalline substance that feels powdery to the touch. In its pure form, PETN melts at 141.3 degrees centigrade
  • PETN remains one of the most powerful conventional explosives ever developed, rivaled only by HMX and RDX .The military, as might be expected, is the largest user of PETN, with annual purchasing well over 2,000 tons. Nonmilitary use is primarily limited to demolition work and as a booster material for secondary explosives such as ANFO, dynamite ..
  • PETN can be made in a number of different ways, but the overall process is always the same.
  • PETN does not occur naturally, so the production and use of this kind of compound can lead to contamination of the environment.
  • PETN's preparation involves the nitration of pentaerythritol with a mixture of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acid. The preferred method of nitration is the ICI method, which utilizes concentrated nitric acid (98%+) alone, as mixed acid can create unstable sulfonated by-products.
  • PETN is subject to biodegradation in untreated or unpreserved urine and feces. There also have been some reports of its degradation by bacteria, whose PETN reductase sequentially denitrates PETN into tri- and dinitrates

Basic Information & Properties

  • Product Analysis

  • Product Information

  • Properties

  • Vibrational properties

  • Kinetic and Structural Basis of Reactivity

  • Biodegradation of Pentaerythritol
    Tetranitrate by Agrobacterium radiobacter

Companies & Products

  • Company Catalogue

  • Company - Sweden

  • Company - India

  • Company - USA

  • Products of Sweden

  • Product Datasheet

  • Company - Trading

  • Company - explosives

  • Product of North America

  • Accident in company

  • Company Profile


  • Process of making PETN
  • Process of Preparation
  • PETN Coated with silicone
  • Purification by Crystalization
  • Pharmaceutical Preparation
  • PETN Recovery

Technology Information

  • PETN Synthesis
  • Technology Source
  • Aging of Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate
  • The medicinal treatment of angina
  • Contaminated Water and Soil
  • Explosives Detection
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Explosives at the Nanoscale
  • Nitropenta charges in air
  • Laser-driven flyer plates
  • The feasibility of titrating PETN
  • Defence Standards
  • The detonation velocity
  • Effect of Zn Doping
  • Effect of zinc doping on single crystals
Trade Information
  • The neopentyl polyhydric alcohols
  • Blowing Agent
  • Chemical Profile : Pentaerythritol
  • Consultant - market reports
  • Angiotensin II–induced vascular oxidative stress and dysfunction
  • Raw Material source

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