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Substance Name: Hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine
RN: 283-66-9


  • Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) is a high explosive organic compound. The theorized structure served well as an initiating, or primary explosive. While quite sensitive to shock and friction, it is relatively stable compared to other initiating explosives of the time, such as mercury fulminate, and proved to be relatively inexpensive and easy to synthesise. As such, it was quickly taken up as a primary explosive in mining applications.[1] However, it has since been superseded by even more stable compounds such as tetryl.

Molecular Formula

  • C6-H12-N2-O6

Molecular Weight

  • 208.1688
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Names and Synonyms

Name of Substance

  • Hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine


  • Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine
  • HMTD

Systematic Name

  • 3,4,8,9,12,13-Hexaoxa-1,6-diazabicyclo(4.4.4)tetradecane

Superlist Names

  • Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (dry)
  • Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (dry) [Forbidden]

Registry Numbers

CAS Registry Number

  • 283-66-9

System Generated Number

  • 0000283669

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Physical Properties

Physical Property Value Units Temp (deg C) Source
log P (octanol-water) 1.010 (none)   EST
Water Solubility 100 mg/L   EXP
Atmospheric OH Rate Constant 6.41E-11 cm3/molecule-sec 25 EST

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