What is it about?

Porphyrins are large π-aromatic systems that can complex metal ions from all across the periodic table. The resulting metalloporphyrins are readily tunable with regards to analyte detection properties, and constitute an important class of chemical sensors. In light of the current geopolitical situation and security concerns, we review the potential of porphyrins and their metal complexes for the detection of explosives and their use in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense and set them in the context of up-and-coming military and security-related applications.

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Why is it important?

The current security situation, increasing threats and developments of new CBRN weapons requires active countermeasures to assure security and to support military, clinical and security agencies.

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This page is a summary of: Porphyrins in troubled times: a spotlight on porphyrins and their metal complexes for explosives testing and CBRN defense, New Journal of Chemistry, January 2018, Royal Society of Chemistry,
DOI: 10.1039/c7nj04679k.
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