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Monika Jurcic

Monika Jurcic

Research synopsis: Vapour phase detection of explosives.

Contact: 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ or email

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The vapour phase detection of explosives and/or explosive related compounds through the use of fluorescent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). 

Terrorism related explosive attacks: The increase in terrorism related explosive attacks in recent years has led to the urgent need in detection methods that successfully identify explosives or explosive related materials on a person, surface or as a vapour. The aim of my research is to probe the vapour phase detection of explosives and/or explosive related compounds through the use of fluorescent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). 

Synthesising MOFs: My recent work has developed and characterized a number of novel zinc and lanthanide containing MOFs utilizing aromatic fluorescent linkers. These highly fluorescent porous materials have demonstrated rapid and reversible quenching upon exposure to key analytes.

Constructing a portable explosives detection platform: Future work will envisage the use of the synthesised MOFs to build a sensory array, which will aim to be used in the construction of a novel and portable explosives detection platform.

 
List of publications
The vapour phase detection of explosive markers and derivatives using two fluorescent metal-organic frameworks. M. Jurcic, W. J. Peveler, C. N. Savory, D. O. Scanlon, A. J. Kenyon and I. P. Parkin. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 6351. DOI: 10.1039/c4ta05638h
Bismuth coordination networks containing deferiprone: synthesis, characterisation, stability and antibacterial activity. A. Burrows, M. Jurcic, M. Mahon, S. Pierrat, G. Roffe, H. Windlec and J. Spencer. Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 13814. DOI: 10.1039/c5dt02458g
Incorporation by coordination and release of the iron chelator drug deferiprone from zinc-based metal-organic frameworks - A. Burrows, M. Jurcic, L.Keenan, R.lane, M.Mahon, M.Warren, H.Nowell, M.Paradowski and J.Spencer. Chem.Commun., 2013, 49, 11260. DOI: 10.1039/c3cc45689g
Oral presentations
M. Jurcic, W. Peveler, I.P. Parkin, A. J. Kenyon, A Portable Fluorescence Based Detection Device. DSTL Explosives Detection Group Seminar, Fort Halstead, UK, 4th April 2014.
Poster presentations
7th annual workshop on trace explosives detection, 27th April - 1st May, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - Fluorescent metal-organic frameworks for the vapour phase detection of explosive markers and derivatives.
4th International conference on metal-organic frameworks and open framework compounds, 28th September - 1st October 2014, Kobe, Japan - Fluorescent metal-organic frameworks for the trace detection of explosives.