Detoxification of a Sulfur Mustard Simulant Using a BODIPY-Functionalized Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Framework

Ahmet Atilgan, Timur Islamoglu, Ashlee J. Howarth, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K. Farha

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Effective detoxification of chemical warfare agents is a global necessity. As a powerful photosensitizer, a halogenated BODIPY ligand is postsynthetically appended to the Zr6 nodes of the metal-organic framework (MOF), NU-1000, to enhance singlet oxygen generation from the MOF. The BODIPY/MOF material is then used as a heterogeneous photocatalyst to produce singlet oxygen under green LED irradiation. The singlet oxygen selectively detoxifies the sulfur mustard simulant, 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES), to the less toxic sulfoxide derivative (2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfoxide, CEESO) with a half-life of approximately 2 min.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24555-24560
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 2017



  • CEES
  • chemical warfare agents
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • metal-organic framework
  • mustard gas
  • photocatalyst
  • singlet oxygen
  • sulfur mustard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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