A luminescent microporous metal-organic framework for the fast andreversible detection of high explosives

Anjian Lan, Kunhao Li, Haohan Wu, David H. Olson, Thomas J. Emge, Woosoek Ki, Maochun Hong, Jing Li

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Sensors and sensitivity: A highly luminescent microporous metal-organic framework, [Zn2 (bpdc)2(bpee)] (bpdc=4,4′ -biphenyldicarboxylate; bpee=1,2-bipyridylethene), is capable of very fast and reversible detection of the vapors of the nitroaromatic explosive 2,4-dinitrotoluene and the plastic explosive taggant 2,3-dimethyl-2,3- dinitrobutane, through redox fluorescence quenching with unprecedented sensitivity (see spectra).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2334-2338
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


  • Explosives
  • Fluorescence
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Microporous materials
  • Sensors

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