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Christopher Mocella

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Christopher J. Mocella received his bachelor's of science degree in chemistry from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in 2001, having studied as a research associate under Dr. John Conkling. Chris continued to work with Dr. Conkling at his Summer Pyrotechnics Seminar series and assisted with the second edition of the Chemistry of Pyrotechnics text, and became the primary author for the third edition.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Professional expertise in energetic materials, pyrotechnics, explosives, and propellants.


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 Featured Title - Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory, 3E - 1st Edition book cover


Conkling/Mocella Book Release and Induction Ceremony

By: Christopher Mocella
Subjects: Chemistry

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, following induction into the Washington College (Gamma Eta) Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society in Chemistry, Dr. John Conkling ’65, WC adjunct chemistry professor and author of the seminal “Chemistry of Pyrotechnics” text, introduced co-author Chris Mocella ’01 for his treatise “The Chemistry and the Poetry of Fireworks” in the Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center. This served as the “book release” event for the 3rd edition of the Chemistry of Pyrotechnics by Conkling and Mocella, CRC Press/Taylor&Francis Group.


Chemistry of Black Powder (Gunpowder)

Published: May 22, 2019

The Basic Chemistry of Fireworks

Published: May 22, 2019

Fireworks: The Chemistry of Sound

Published: May 22, 2019

Fireworks: The Chemistry of Color

Published: May 22, 2019