Toxic Organophosphate Hydrolysis Using Nanofiber-Templated UiO-66-NH2 Metal-Organic Framework Polycrystalline Cylinders.

Academic Article


  • Metal organic frameworks (MOFs), the UiO series in particular, have attracted much attention because of the high surface area and ability to capture and decontaminate chemical warfare agents. Much work has been done on incorporating these MOFs into or onto textile materials while retaining the desirable properties of the MOF. Many different techniques have been explored to achieve this. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 followed by solvothermal synthesis of MOF has become one of the most adaptable techniques for growing MOFs on the surface of many different polymer fabric materials. However, little work has been done with using this technique on polymer composite materials. In this work, UiO-66-NH2 was grown onto the surface of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/Ti(OH)4 and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/Ti(OH)4 composite fibers by first modifying the surface with ALD of TiO2 (@TiO2) followed by solvothermal synthesis of MOF (@MOF). The catalytic activity of these materials was then evaluated using the simulant paraoxon-methyl (DMNP). These new MOF-functionalized composite fabrics were compared to polyamide-6 (PA-6)@TiO2@MOF- and polypropylene (PP)@TiO2@MOF-functionalized fabrics. PMMA/Ti(OH)4@TiO2@MOF fibers resulted in unique hollowed fibers with high surface area of 264 m2/g and fast catalytic activity. The catalytic activity of these samples was found to be related to the active MOF mass fraction on the MOF-functionalized composite fabric, with the hollowed PMMA/Ti(OH)4@TiO2@MOF having the highest weight percent of active MOF and a DMNP t1/2 of 26 min followed by PA-6@TiO2@MOF with 45 min, PVDF/Ti(OH)4@TiO2@MOF with 61 min, and PP@TiO2@MOF with 83 min.
  • Authors

  • Dwyer, Derek B
  • Lee, Dennis T
  • Boyer, Steven
  • Bernier, William E
  • Parsons, Gregory N
  • Jones, Wayne
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • August 1, 2018
  • Published In


  • atomic layer deposition
  • hollow fiber structures MOF/fiber polymer composite
  • metal−organic frameworks
  • nanofibers
  • toxic organophosphates
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 29972296
  • Start Page

  • 25794
  • End Page

  • 25803
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 30