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Supramolecular agent–simulant correlations for the luminescence based detection of V-series chemical warfare agents with trivalent lanthanide complexes

Dennison, Genevieve H. ; Bochet, Christian G. ; Curty, Christophe ; Ducry, Julien ; Nielsen, David J. ; Sambrook, Mark R. ; Zaugg, Andreas ; Johnston, Martin R.

In: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, p. -

Solution spectroscopic investigations into the interactions of eight potential bidentate V-series organophosphorus chemical warfare agent (OP CWA) simulants with [Eu(phen)₂(NO₃)₃]·2H₂O demonstrated that the chemical and structural composition of the secondary binding site within the simulant was of paramount importance. Only simulants containing both phosphoryl/phosphonyl and... More

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    Solution spectroscopic investigations into the interactions of eight potential bidentate V-series organophosphorus chemical warfare agent (OP CWA) simulants with [Eu(phen)₂(NO₃)₃]·2H₂O demonstrated that the chemical and structural composition of the secondary binding site within the simulant was of paramount importance. Only simulants containing both phosphoryl/phosphonyl and amine moieties generated analogous spectroscopic behaviours to V-series OP CWAs seen in previous studies. The results demonstrated that the bidentate chelation mechanism was driven by the phosphoryl/phosphonyl moieties and that the presence of the amine moieties induced a significant secondary dynamic luminescence quenching mechanism. The binding modes of the simulants VO and TEEP to trivalent lanthanides (Eu and La) were further investigated using ¹H and ³¹P NMR spectroscopic titrations and kinetic IR experiments. VO, with both the phosphonyl and amine binding sites was found to be the most appropriate simulant for V-series OP CWAs in supramolecular studies with trivalent lanthanide ions and we recommend VO for use in supramolecular studies of this type.