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PM3 treatment of lead styphnate and its mono ionic forms

Türker, Burhan Lemi
Anhydrous lead styphnate, a static-electric-field-sensitive explosive material, has been considered for PM3 (UHF) type semiempirical quantum chemical calculations. Although, geometrically the neutral and the mono valent cation forms resemble each other, the mono valent anion has a distorted geometry indicating bond cleavage. Thus, explosion occurring in the electric field probably occurs via anion formation.