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Bioderived protoporphyrin IX incorporation into a metal-organic framework for enhanced photocatalytic degradation of chemical warfare agents

  • Marilyn S. Lee (a1), Sergio J. Garibay (a1), Ann M. Ploskonka (a1) and Jared B. DeCoste (a1)


Porphyrins absorb light to initiate photocatalytic activity. The complex, asymmetric structures of natural porphyrins such as heme, chlorophyll, and their derivatives hold unique interest. A platform for biosynthesis of porphyrins in Escherichia coli is developed with the aim of producing a variety of porphyrins for examining their photocatalytic properties within a porous material. Bioderived protoporphyrin IX is tethered inside the highly porous metal-organic framework (MOF) NU-1000 via solvent-assisted ligand incorporation. This MOF catalyzes the photocatalytic oxidation of 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide with improved performance over an expanded range of the visible spectrum when compared to unmodified NU-1000.


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