Conference  /  06/26/2018  -  06/29/2018

49th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT...

... with a different emphasis each year, cover scientific and technological progress in the entire field of energetic materials and the related disciplines. Held annually for over 40 years, the conferences have gained worldwide importance, with hundreds of participants from more than 30 nations each year. The conferences are held in Karlsruhe’s Convention Center, one hour south of Frankfurt International Airport.

Energetic Materials – Synthesis, Processing, Performance

The research and development of new energetic materials and formulations for ammunitions, propellants and pyrotechnics is an ongoing process worldwide. Energetic materials must meet a variety of requirements, some of which may be contradictory. Requirements relate primarily to the performance, but insensitivity, stability and vulnerability also play an important role. However, new perspectives have recently emerged in this field. Increasing awareness of the risks that toxic compounds pose to humans and the environment has led to the banning of hazardous materials, and stimulated the search for non-critical substitute components. Other new perspectives include synthesis and processing methods that are environmentally friendly or give access to new materials such as co-crystals, nanocomposites, energetic ionic liquids and 3D energetic metal–organic frameworks. The new energetic ingredients, and advanced production technologies such as the additive manufacturing of energetic materials, may lead to new, innovative applications and the enhanced performance of existing products.

The 49th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT will welcome contributions relating to new energetic materials, non-hazardous synthesis and processing techniques, particle technology, binders and bonding agents, formulations and characterization. In addition, associated applications in propellants, high explosives and pyrotechnics will be highlighted.

The objective of the 49th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT will be knowledge exchange on basic research, technical implementation, political requirements and industrial use, in order to promote the forward-looking development, production and application of energetic materials related to defense technology, pyrotechnic devices and space propulsion.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology is holding its 49th International Annual Conference on:

Energetic Materials – Reactivity and Modelling

Main topics

  • Design and modelling of new, high-energy-density materials (HEDM)
  • Synthesis of energetic materials and components for high explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics
  • Replacement of hazardous materials and processes with benign
  • New characterization methods and processing tools for energetic
    formulations and ingredients
  • Physical and chemical analysis of combustion and detonation phenomena
  • Performance of ammunitions, propellants, pyrotechnics and
    gas generators
  • Novel application of energetic materials


Contributions to the conference can take the form of oral presentations (presentation time 20 minutes including discussion) or posters. Please submit an extended abstract not exceeding 500 words with optional figures and tables together with the exact title and name of the author(s). The papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings which will be available at the beginning of the event. Guidelines on how to prepare the text for publication will be sent to the authors.


  • Abstracts (to December 20, 2017
  • Reply to authors: February 2018
  • Full papers: April 2018

The program will be published in April 2018.