Effective sensing of RDX via instant and selective detection of ketone vapors

Zhichao Hu, Kui Tan, William P. Lustig, Hao Wang, Yonggang Zhao, Chong Zheng, Debasis Banerjee, Thomas J. Emge, Yves J. Chabal, Jing Li

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Two new luminescent metal–organic frameworks (LMOFs) were synthesized and examined for use as sensory materials. Very fast and effective sensing of RDX was achieved by vapor detection of a cyclic ketone used as a solvent in the production of plastic explosives. The effects of porosity and electronic structure of the LMOFs on their sensing performance were evaluated. We demonstrate that the optimization of these two factors of an LMOF can significantly improve its sensitivity and selectivity. We also elucidate the importance of both electron and energy transfer processes on the fluorescence response of a sensory material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4873-4877
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 28 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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