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LTC Matthew Gettings

Assistant Professor


Lieutenant Colonel Gettings is an instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science and teaches general chemistry. After earning a B.S. in electrical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2003, he commissioned as an aviation officer and qualified in the OH-58A/C and CH-47D aircraft. He has Army experience in aviation units with 3 operational deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon completion of a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, he served as test scientist, experiment director, and branch chief at Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Kirtland AFB, NM. LTC Gettings earned a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Purdue University. He continues to serve as a Nuclear and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction officer (Functional Area 52).

Ongoing Research Projects

Lieutenant Colonel Gettings’ research interests involve the synthesis and characterization of new energetic compounds. 

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lagasse, B.A., Bowers, P., Kick, A., Gettings, M., Chin, J., Calangi, N.L., McMahon, R., Burpo, F.J. Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk - Part 3. Countering WMD Journal. Spring/Summer 2023 (26), 43-50.

Gettings, M. L., Zeller, M. and Piercey, D. G., (2023). Synthesis and Crystal Structures of 4‐Methoxyphenyl‐N‐phenylhydrazine‐1‐carbothioamide isomers and 2, 2’‐(1, 2, 4, 5‐tetrazine‐3, 6‐diyl) bis (N‐phenylhydrazine‐1‐carbothioamide). ChemistrySelect, 8(26), e202302016.

Thoenen, M., Gettings, M., Holt, C., Frontier, A. J., Caruana, P. A., Zeller, M., Byrd, E. F. C., Piercey, D. G. Approach to High-Nitrogen Materials with Dual-Use Properties via Tetraaza-Nazarov Cyclization. Inorganic Chemistry, 2022;61(45):18095-18101. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c02649

Gettings, M. L., Davis Finch, S. E., Sethia, A., Byrd, E. F., Zeller, M., & Piercey, D. G. (2021). "Heterocyclic Nitrilimines and Their Use in the Synthesis of Complex High-Nitrogen Materials." Inorganic Chemistry, 60(11), 7607-7611.

Gettings, M. L., Byrd, E. F., Zeller, M., & Piercey, D. (2021). "Methyl sydnone imine and its energetic salts." New Journal of Chemistry, 45(4), 2228-2236.

Gettings, M., & Piercey, D. (2020). "Azasydnones and their use in Energetic Materials." Energetic Materials Frontiers, 1(3-4), 136-140.

Gettings, M. L., Thoenen, M. T., Byrd, E. F., Sabatini, J. J., Zeller, M., & Piercey, D. G. (2020). "Tetrazole Azasydnone (C2N7O2H) And Its Salts: High‐Performing Zwitterionic Energetic Materials Containing A Unique Explosophore." Chemistry–A European Journal, 26(64), 14530-14535.

Gettings, M. L., Zeller, M., Byrd, E., & Piercey, D. G. (2019). "Synthesis and Characterization of Salts of the 3, 6‐Dinitro‐[1, 2, 4] triazolo [4, 3‐b][1, 2, 4] triazolate Anion: Insensitive Energetic Materials Available From Economical Precursors." Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie, 645(20), 1197-1204.

M. L. Gettings, et al., "Yield Estimate of Wasp Prime Using Digitized Nuclear Fireball Films." Journal of Radiation Effects, Research & Engineering (JRERE). vol. 34., no. 1, pp.84-94, December 2016.

M. L. Gettings, et al., "Estimating Apparent Surface Temperature of Wasp Prime Using Digitized Nuclear Fireball Films." Journal of Radiation Effects, Research & Engineering (JRERE). vol. 35., no. 1, pp.74-85, April 2017.

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

J.D. Kittle, E. Rinehart, M.L. Gettings, "Tunnel Configuration and Lofted Debris Effects on Air Blast and Impulse for Cased Charge Detonations," (available from Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center, DTRIAC). Limited Distribution. Shock & Vibration Symposium. New Orleans, LA, 2016. (Oral Presentation)