National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation 24 Mar 2020

Protecting soldiers from chemical warfare

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Northwestern University scientists, using nanotechnology facilities funded by the National Science Foundation, have successfully combined textile fibers with a nanomaterial referred to as metal-organic-framework or MOF. This material could some day be used in protective suits and face masks to protect soldiers from chemical warfare.


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Northwestern University scientists, using nanotechnology facilities funded by the National
Science Foundation, have successfully combined textile fibers with a nanomaterial referred
to as metal-organic-framework or MOF.
The team found that this type of MOF-coated textiles efficiently neutralizes toxic nerve
agents under battlefield-relevant conditions.
The material also lasts a long time under degrading conditions, such as sweat and pollutants.
The team believes this new composite material could one day be used in protective suits
and face masks for people facing hazards such as chemical warfare.

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