Destruction of chemical warfare agent simulants by air and moisture stable metal NHC complexes

Catherine Weetman, Stuart Notman, Polly L. Arnold

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Abstract

The cooperative effect of both NHC and metal centre has been found to destroy chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulants. Choice of both the metal and NHC is key to these transformations as simple, monodentate N-heterocyclic carbenes in combination with silver or vanadium can promote stoichiometric destruction, whilst bidentate, aryloxide-tethered NHC complexes of silver and alkali metals promote breakdown under mild heating. Iron–NHC complexes generated in situ are competent catalysts for the destruction of each of the three targetted CWA simulants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2568-2574
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume47
Issue number8
Early online date31 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • chemical warfare agents
  • chemical weapons convention
  • dehydrohalogenation procedures

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