Quartz Crystal Microbalance Studies of Dimethyl Methylphosphonate Sorption Into Trisilanolphenyl-Poss Films

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Virginia Tech


Developing methods to detect, adsorb, and decompose chemical warfare agents (CWAs) is of critical importance to protecting military and civilian populations alike. The sorption of dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), a CWA simulant, into trisilanolphenyl-POSS (TPP) films has previously been characterized with reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and uptake coefficient determinations [1]. In our study, the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) is used to study the sorption phenomena of DMMP into highly ordered Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of TPP. In a saturated environment, DMMP sorbs into the TPP films, binding to TPP in a 1:1 molar ratio. Although previous work indicated these DMMP-saturated films were stable for several weeks, DMMP is found to slowly desorb from the TPP films at room temperature and pressure. Upon application of vacuum to the DMMP-saturated films, DMMP follows first-order desorption kinetics and readily desorbs from the film, returning the TPP film to its original state.

[1] Ferguson-McPherson, M.; Low, E.; Esker, A.; Morris, J. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2005, 109, 18914.



chemical warfare agent simulant, quartz crystal microbalance, trisilanolphenyl-POSS, Langmuir-Blodgett film