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ARL Focuses on Peer-to-Peer Collaboration for Future Soldier Technologies

ARL Focuses on Peer-to-Peer Collaboration for Future Soldier Technologies
May 8, 2017 | Source: U.S. Army, army.mil, 25 January 2017, Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers conduct peer-to-peer collaboration to discover, innovate and transition science and technology for today's and future Soldiers. It is through this collaboration teams solve challenging problems to increase the safety of U.S. servicemembers.

Dr. Pablo E. Guzmán, a synthetic chemist in the Energetic Technology Branch of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, began working for the Army in December 2015. His focus is the synthesis of novel ingredients for explosives and propellants as well as structural energetic materials. After earning his doctorate, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology where he worked on organic methodology, catalyst synthesis/development and polymer chemistry.

His sole intent is to develop technology that gives Soldiers the means to perform at a high level and most importantly to come back home to their families, he said. One of the efforts he is working on involves collaborating with his colleague Dr. Leah A. Wingard in the Energetic Technology Branch and with ARL's Propulsion Science Branch.

"We are focused on developing materials that will increase overmatch for the Soldier, while making them safer," Wingard said. "This includes making energetic materials that can replace inert ingredients and making very high energy materials."