International Nitrocellulose Symposium 

We are delighted to announce that the 10th International Symposium 2025, will be hosted by Fraunhofer - ICT,  South Germany (venue TBC) in Sept 2025. More details to follow.

This series of workshops is a technical meeting that is an informal and friendly forum for the discussion of all aspects of nitrocellulose supply, characterisation and ageing.  It started in 2001 and was originally an informal UK working group with an interest in nitrocellulose characterisation with a particular emphasis on molecular weight determination.  In subsequent years it has been sponsored and hosted by AWE, UK MOD, Cranfield University, Rheinmetall Nitrochemie, and TNO and has grown to 50+ delegates from twenty different organisations and eight different countries.

Previous themes have included: Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) Analysis • Chemical and physical characterisation • Chemical stability, ageing, and shell life • Cellulose supply • Nitrocellulose manufacturing, processing and supply • Propellant manufacture • Propellant ballistics • Disposal • International standardisation and national test methodologies (including updates on international round robins in support of STANAG 4178 ed2). 


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The International Scientific Committee:

  • Philip P Gill. Roxel UK,  Summerfield, UK.
  • Manfred A. Bohn. ICT Fraunhofer, Germany
  • Moritz Heil. ICT Fraunhofer, Germany
  • Paul R Deacon. AWE, UK
  • Wim de Klerk. TNO, The Netherlands
  • Mario Paquet. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Valleyfield, Canada
  • Ian LEVAC. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Valleyfield, Canada
  • Kristy Klein. US Army Research Developmnet and Engineering Command, USA
  • Michael Ramin. Rheinmetall  Nitrochemie, Switzerland