Detoxification of Chemical Warfare Agents Using a Zr6-Based Metal–Organic Framework/Polymer Mixture

Su Young Moon, Emmanuel Proussaloglou, Gregory W. Peterson, Jared B. DeCoste, Morgan G. Hall, Ashlee J. Howarth, Joseph T. Hupp*, Omar K. Farha

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Owing to their high surface area, periodic distribution of metal sites, and water stability, zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks (Zr6-MOFs) have shown promising activity for the hydrolysis of nerve agents GD and VX, as well as the simulant, dimethyl 4-nitrophenylphosphate (DMNP), in buffered solutions. A hurdle to using MOFs for this application is the current need for a buffer solution. Here the destruction of the simulant DMNP, as well as the chemical warfare agents (GD and VX) through hydrolysis using a MOF catalyst mixed with a non-volatile, water-insoluble, heterogeneous buffer is reported. The hydrolysis of the simulant and nerve agents in the presence of the heterogeneous buffer was fast and effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14864-14868
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 10 2016


  • heterogeneous buffer
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • hydrolysis
  • nerve agents
  • zirconium MOF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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