Selective, sensitive, and reversible detection of vapor-phase high explosives via two-dimensional mapping: A new strategy for MOF-based sensors

Zhichao Hu, Sanhita Pramanik, Kui Tan, Chong Zheng, Wei Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yves J. Chabal, Jing Li

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A new strategy has been developed for the effective detection of high explosives in vapor phase by fluorescent metal-organic framework (MOF) sensors. Two structurally related and dynamic MOFs, (Zn)2(ndc) 2P·xG [ndc = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate; P =1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane (bpe) or 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene (bpee); G = guest/solvent molecule], exhibit a two-dimensional signal response toward analytes of interest in the vapor phase, including aromatic and aliphatic high explosives (e.g., TNT and RDX). The interaction between analytes and the MOF has been studied using in situ infrared absorption spectroscopy and a DFT computational method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4204-4207
Number of pages4
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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