Incorporation and performance of molecular polyoxometalates in fibrous substrates

Nancy Elizabeth Allen, S. Kay Obendorf, Jintu Fan

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Combining unique fiber morphologies with self-decontamination technologies can enhance toxin degradation on textile substrates. Co-continuous electrospinning was used to fabricate nanofibrous cellulose acetate membranes with unique, grooved fiber morphology due to the selective dissolution of polyethylene oxide. The BET surface area of these grooved fibers was compared to that of like non-grooved fibers. A self-decontaminating polyoxometalate (POM) (H5PV2Mo10O40) was synthesized, characterized, and used to functionalize both the grooved and non-grooved fibers. The POM-treated substrates were exposed to methyl parathion, a simulant of the chemical warfare agent (CWA) VX for 24 hours. The degradation of methyl parathion was measured and related to the substrate properties and morphology. This work contributes to the use of novel fiber morphologies in breathable chemical protective apparel to achieve better CWA decontamination and comfort.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference, AATCC 2014 - Asheville, United States
Duration: 1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014


ConferenceAmerican Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference, AATCC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Catalysis

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