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March 24, 2020

Protecting Soldiers from Chemical Warfare

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.

Credit: National Science Foundation

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