Formulating with Nitrocellulose

ROXEL (UK Rocket Motors) Ltd are delighted to host the 9th International Symposium (2023) to be held at the Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham, B15 2RS, United Kingdom.


The aim is to bring together industry, academia and government for a technical meeting to discuss all aspects of nitrocellulose supply, characterisation, ageing, safety and formulation.  This is an informal and friendly forum which started in 2001 as a UK working group on molecular weight determination.  In subsequent years it has been sponsored and hosted by AWE, UK MOD, Cranfield University, Rheinmetall Nitrochemie, TNO, General Dynamics-OTS, MANUCO and now Roxel UK.  It has grown to 100+ delegates from 20+ different organisations and 8+ different countries.

Confirmed speakers

Keynote: Manfred Bohn, Fraunhofer ICT, 76307 Pfinztal, Germany

Towards a comprehensive understanding of the decomposition of nitrocellulose

Francis Sullivan1, Philip Abbate1, Costas Gogos2, Zohar Ophir2, Subhash Patel2, Jie Wu2, Xiaobing Li2, Nikolaos Ioannidis2, and Robert Ivko2

1 US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806, USA. 2 Polymer Processing Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark NJ 07102, USA

A Study of the Kinetics of Viscosity Reduction During the Stabilization of Military Grade Nitrocellulose 

John Fairweather, Wolfgang Zechner, Daniel Farnesi and Christian Gerhart.

Bowas-Induplan Chemie Ges.m.b.H

Advances in Nitration of Densified Celluloses

Tom Bailey, Richard Johnson.

Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) Ltd., Summerfield, Kidderminster, DY11 7RZ, United Kingdom

Alternative Approach to Nitrocellulose Requalification Through the Expansion of Qualitative NC Parameters

Harry Hope, Carly Sharp, Ben Bryant, Ben GooldAWE

Effects of Energetic Plasticiser Impurities in the Formulation of NC-based Binders and their removal via a Thermal and Chemical Treatment.

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Conference Format

2.5 Day (Wed - Fri) technical programme with speakers and a dedicated poster session
Tuesday 20th June 2023 - Evening welcome reception 
Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Registration/welcome 9-10 am 
Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Conference meal - Evening 
Friday 23rd June 2023 - Close and finish lunch time

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