Postsynthetic Incorporation of a Singlet Oxygen Photosensitizer in a Metal–Organic Framework for Fast and Selective Oxidative Detoxification of Sulfur Mustard

Ashlee J. Howarth, Cassandra T. Buru, Yangyang Liu, Ann M. Ploskonka, Karel J. Hartlieb, Monica McEntee, John J. Mahle, James H. Buchanan, Erin M. Durke, Salih S. Al-Juaid, J. Fraser Stoddart, Jared B. DeCoste, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K. Farha

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A fullerene-based photosensitizer is incorporated postsynthetically into a Zr6-based MOF, NU-1000, for enhanced singlet oxygen production. The structural organic linkers in the MOF platform also act as photosensitizers which contribute to the overall generation of singlet oxygen from the material under UV irradiation. The singlet oxygen generated by the MOF/fullerene material is shown to oxidize sulfur mustard selectively to the less toxic bis(2-chloroethyl)sulfoxide with a half-life of only 11 min.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-218
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • fullerene
  • metal–organic frameworks
  • pyrene
  • singlet oxygen
  • sulfur mustard

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  • Chemistry(all)

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