Detoxification of a Mustard-Gas Simulant by Nanosized Porphyrin-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks

Carla F. Pereira, Yangyang Liu, Ashlee Howarth, Flávio Figueira, João Rocha, Joseph T. Hupp*, Omar K. Farha, João P.C. Tomé, Filipe A. Almeida Paz

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Selectivity control of the decomposition of sulfur mustard (bis(2-chloroethyl)sulfide) under photo-oxidation conditions using molecular oxygen remains a challenge. In this work, the photo-oxidation of a mustard-gas simulant, 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES), was studied using porphyrin-based metal-organic framework (Por-MOFs) catalysts. It is shown that Por-MOFs are selective oxidizing agents in the transformation of CEES into 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfoxide (CEESO) without the formation of the highly toxic sulfone product 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfone (CEESO2). This method to detoxify mustard gas is regarded as more realistic, convenient, and effective than the other available methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 25 2019


  • nano Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • photocatalysis
  • porphyrins
  • sulfur mustard decontamination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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