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Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s Metal-Organic Framework Research

Dept. of Defense

Metal-organic framework (MOF) researchers at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), in conjunction with North Carolina (NC) State University, have been investigating new composites based on MOFs attached to polymer fibers.  MOFs are highly porous, tunable crystals that can be functionalized with appropriate chemistries for reaction and detoxification of chemical warfare agents (CWAs).  Together, these composites are being developed for novel lightweight suits that will protect against CWAs.  Using techniques such as electrospinning and atomic layer deposition, a variety of MOFs can be grown onto different fibers used across a wide spectrum of applications.

ECBC is the Army’s principal research and development center for chemical and biological defense technology, engineering, and field operations. The Center has achieved international recognition for major advances for the warfighter and national defense, and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality systems and outstanding customer service. ECBC is a U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command laboratory located on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

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