Highly Luminescent Microporous Materials for Fast and Reversible Detection of Trace Vapor of High Explosives

Invention Summary:

Investigators at Rutgers University have synthesized a microporous material made of metal (Zn) and organic molecules with strong capabilities for detecting trace vapor of high explosives. The highly luminescent material exhibits very fast response and high sensitivity towards nitroaromatic explosive DNT, and plastic explosive taggant, DMNB. Such materials lay the groundwork for developing highly sensitive and highly selective luminescent MMOF-based sensors and sensor arrays.

Market Application:

  • Explosive detection
  • Public and national security
  • Environmental protection


Low-cost, fast-acting, simple and reliable alternative to commonly used explosive detection methods such as canines and other sophisticated analytic instruments.

Intellectual Property & Development Status:

Patent pending.

Relevant Publications:

  • Lan, A. J.; Li, K. H.; Wu, H. H.; Olson, D. H. Emge, T. J.; Ki, W.; Hong, M. C.; Li, J. “A Luminescent Microporous Metal Organic Framework for the Fast and Reversible Detection of High Explosives”, Angew. Chem. Int. E 2009, 48, 2334-2338.
  • Lan, A. J.; Li, K. H.; Wu, H. H.; Kong, L. Z.; • Nijem, N.; Olson, D. H.; Emge, T. J.; Chabal, Y J.; Langreth, D. C.; Hong, M. C.; Li, J “RPM3: A Multifunctional Microporous MOF with Recyclable Framework and High H2 Binding Energy”, Inorg. Chem., 2009, 48, 7165-7173.