I do not have much information about this explosive other than how it can be prepared. This has been include as an informational curiosity only. Since I do not have any safety information, assume it is very sensitive. I suspect it has similar properties to TNT.
|benzene||100-mL Florence flask|
|ethyl alcohol||graduated cylinder|
Prepare a solution of 10 g of trinitrotoluene and 25 mL of benzene in a round-bottom 100-mL Florence flask. Add 6 mL of benzaldehyde and 0.5 mL of piperidine to this solution and reflux for 30 minutes on a steam bath. After refluxing, pour the still hot liquid into a 100-mL beaker and allow to cool. Crystals of trinitrostilbene should begin to precipitate, once they are done filter to collect them and wash with twice with ethyl alcohol. Recrystallize the trinitrostilbene from a mixture of two parts ethyl alcohol and one part benzene. Filter the bright yellow crystals to collect them, and allow to dry. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids.
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