A microscopic approach to aid further research and exploratory developments in understanding of explosives is discussed. This approach makes use of studies involving the interaction behavior between pairs of molecules. The technique of crossed molecular beam scattering is proposed as the best means to obtain the interaction information. It is argued that the technology of neutral particle beams is now sufficiently advanced that differential cross sections can now be measured. These in turn give very sensitive information about the intermolecular potential. Since the shape of the potential is vital to the understanding of energy storage, this approach is regarded as one involving the basic science of explosives and very likely will provide new avenues and answers to energy storage.