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New research creates neutralizing sponge for dangerous chemicals

Dr. Simon Holder, Reader in Organic Chemistry at the University of Kent (UK) and Dr. Barry Blight, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), have developed a new method for containing and deactivating neurotoxic chemicals like VX and sarin. These weapons, known as nerve agents or neurotoxins, are highly potent and fast acting. Small doses can cause rapid paralysis and death, as the chemicals disrupt the connection between the body's nerves and muscles. These internationally banned liquids are aerosolised purposely to inflict damage on large geographical areas and are considered to be weapons of mass destruction (WMD's). In a project funded by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the UK Ministry of Defense, the Kent team investigated new methods of bulk decontamination of chemical weapons. The result of the research was the "Metal-organic framework (MOF)-containing polymer sponge." Read more...




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