Integration of Metal-Organic Frameworks on Protective Layers for Destruction of Nerve Agents under Relevant Conditions

Zhijie Chen, Kaikai Ma, John J. Mahle, Hui Wang, Zoha H. Syed, Ahmet Atilgan, Yongwei Chen, John H. Xin, Timur Islamoglu, Gregory W. Peterson, Omar K. Farha

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising candidates for the catalytic hydrolysis of nerve agents and their simulants. Though highly efficient, bulk water and volatile bases are often required for hydrolysis with these MOF catalysts, preventing real-world implementation. Herein we report a generalizable and scalable approach for integrating MOFs and non-volatile polymeric bases onto textile fibers for nerve agent hydrolysis. Notably, the composite material showed similar reactivity under ambient conditions compared to the powder material in aqueous alkaline solution. This represents a critical step toward a unified strategy for nerve agent hydrolysis in practical settings, which can significantly reduce the dimensions of filters and increase the efficiency of protective suits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20016-20021
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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