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(7) Selected Research Projects

  • May 2008—April 2014, "Spray and Combustion of Gelled Hypergolic Propellants for Future Rocket and Missile Engines," (Sponsor: Army Research Office).
  • March 2007—March 2011, "Ignition and Combustion of High Nitrogen Energetic Materials," (Sponsor: Army Research Office).
  • April 2007—May 2010, "Thermal Decomposition of Energetic Ionic Liquids," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research).
  • October 2008—March 2009, "Ionic Liquid Monopropellant Based Gas Generator," (Sponsor: Physical Sciences Inc./Army Research Office).
  • October 2007—October 2008, "CO2 Laser System for Ignition and Combustion Studies of High-Nitrogen Energetic Materials," (Sponsor: Army Research Office).
  • September 2003—September 2007, "Plasma-Propellant Interaction Studies," (Sponsor: ARO).
  • April 2003—December 2006, "Energetic Ionic Liquids," (Sponsor: AFOSR).


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