Dr. Niels Harrit: Thermate is thermite which contains sulphur.
gulli.com: What is Thermate used for normally?
Dr. Niels Harrit: Melting steel items. Armour, for example. Nanothermite is thermite prepared by nanotechnological methods.
Smaller, cheaper and nastier.
gulli.com: So it is much smaller and therefore has a bigger surface which makes it react much quicker and more energetic?
Dr. Niels Harrit: Yes, the particles are much smaller. But it is prepared in a radically different way compared to ordinary thermite, where the small particles are made by making bigger particles smaller.
In nanomaterials, the particles are prepared from atoms and molecules.
Nanothermite is the explosives of the future. “Smaller, cheaper and nastier” (as they say, those who want funding for their research).
gulli.com: Does Nano Thermite have more power than regular explosives such as C4 or TNT? What are the biggest benefits that Nano Thermite has?
Dr. Niels Harrit: Power, safety, versatility. It is cheap too. “Smaller, cheaper and nastier” than regular explosives.
gulli.com: You say that there is iron oxide and aluminium and conclude that this means it’s Nano Thermite. Isn’t it normal in such a building that there is iron oxide and aluminium? Or could it happen that the substance Nano Thermite was produced as a result of the collapse?
Dr. Niels Harrit: No way. You don’t expect a box of matches to be formed in a fire.
gulli.com: Did you have other samples of Nano Thermite (not from the dust) to compare while you studied the dust? Just to make sure it is real Nano Thermite?