Organophosphonate-based nerve agents, such as VX, Sarin (GB), and Soman (GD), are among the most toxic chemicals to humankind. Recently, we have shown that Zr-based metal-organic frameworks (Zr-MOFs) can effectively catalyze the hydrolysis of these toxic chemicals for diminishing their toxicity. On the other hand, utilizing these materials in powder form is not practical, and developing scalable and economical processes for integrating these materials onto fibers is crucial for protective gear. Herein, we report a scalable, template-free, and aqueous solution-based synthesis strategy for the production of Zr-MOF-coated textiles. Among all MOF/fiber composites reported to date, the MOF-808/polyester fibers exhibit the highest rates of nerve agent hydrolysis. Moreover, such highly porous fiber composites display significantly higher protection time compared to that of its parent fabric for a mustard gas simulant, 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES). A decreased diffusion rate of toxic chemicals through the MOF layer can provide time needed for the destruction of the harmful species.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry