Caging chemical weapons

Elisabeth Ratcliffe writes about a hot ChemComm article for Chemistry World

Scientists in the UK have developed supramolecular cages that can trap chemical weapon simulants using the hydrophobic effect.

Organophosphorous chemical weapons, such as sarin and soman, interfere with signals between nerve cells, and have recently been used to deadly effect in places such as Syria. Researchers are therefore trying to develop techniques that detect these chemical weapons in the environment, and destroy them. Read the full article in Chemistry World»


Read the original journal article in ChemComm – it’s open access:
Binding of chemical warfare agent simulants as guests in a coordination cage: contributions to binding and a fluorescence-based response
Christopher G. P. Taylor, Jerico R. Piper and Michael D. Ward 
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02021F, Communication

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