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Concept.png Nano-thermite 
Red chips in the dust of the WTC

Nano-thermite or super-thermite is an explosive which was found in the dust of the World Trade Center after September 11th, 2001. In 2001, nanothermite was a cutting edge technology to which Stratesec had access, as well as having access to the building. It can be ignited at around 450 degrees C.

September 11, 2001

Nano thermite was used as an incendiary in 9-11 World Trade Center for melting up the metal (Fe) beams which eventually brought down the three towers in controlled manner.[1]

Evidence for nano thermite

In 2009 a paper was published in a peer reviewed journal by an international team of academically credited researchers providing evidence of nano-thermite in several dust samples from the 2001 attack on the World Trade center.[2] Although Wikipedia suggests that peer reviewed journals are a reliable source, that finding was termed a "fringe theory" and as of August 2014, all links to the 9/11 collapse have been removed from their nano-thermite article (see the talk page to understand this process better). Over 2200 Architects and Engineers have reviewed the paper and the evidence for controlled demolition and are calling for a new investigation. [3]

Supporting evidence for use of explosives includes

  • Squibs: (see above) are explosive charges used to cut steel support columns. A waves of small explosions is visible in videos of the world trade center buildings' collapses, proceeding downwards several stories below the main explosions.
  • Scorched Vehicles: parked at lower level garages and around the WTC. Plastic, rubber, and glass, were completely burned off by a hot blast.
  • Carbon Nanotubes: Found in the WTC dust and lungs of first responders, formation requires extremely high temperatures specific metal catalysts, and carbon compounds exactly like those found in nanothermite formulations.
  • Peer reviewed scientific journals recording the existence of temperatures so high as to be impossibly to explain by ordinary office fires and/or burning jet fuel.
  • A distinct “white smoke” present — clearly different from smoke caused by a normal structural fire indicated by eyewitnesses and photographic evidence. The second major product of the thermite reaction is aluminum oxide, which is emitted as a white solid shortly after reaction.
  • The elemental composition of the metallic microspheres from the WTC dust matches that of metallic microspheres produced by the thermite reaction.[4]
  • Seismic Evidence That Implies Controlled Demolition [5]

US Military use

Nano-thermite is used by US military as an incendiary weapon. The weapon is labelled under 'Licensable Technologies' by Los Alamos research laboratories.[6]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:NIST Analyses Brookman.pdfpaper26 March 2010Ronald Brookman
File:Nanothermite Smoking Gun.pdfarticle18 August 2009Michael SchmidtAn introduction to the nano-thermite issue and how the "investigators" chose to ignore this aspect.
File:The Top Ten Connections Between NIST and Nano-Thermites.pdfpaper2 July 2008Kevin RyanAn examination of NIST's connections to the nano-thermite.

Related Quotation

9-11/WTC Controlled demolition“Nanoenergetic thermite materials release energy much faster than conventional energetic materials and have various potential military applications, such as rocket propellants, aircraft fuel and explosives. They are likely to become the next-generation explosive materials, as they enable flexibility in energy density and power release through control of particle size distribution, stoichiometry and choice of fuel and oxidizer. The reduction of the reactant powders from micro- to nano-size generates a more intimate contact between the particles. This, in turn, increases the reaction front propagation velocity in some systems by two to three orders of magnitude.”Leizheng Wang
Arol Vicent
Dan Luss