North Carolina State University researchers develop fabric to neutralize pesticides, herbicides for farm workers, chemical warfare agents for soldiers; ChemBuckler fabric uses zirconium-based catalyst, can be fashioned into comfortable protective gear

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LOS ANGELES , September 2, 2022 () –

North Carolina State University is providing additional fudns for an on-campus research project developing protective fabric to neutralize chemical warfare agents, the university announced on Sept. 1. 

Current protective fabrics only absorb chemical weapons. The project, led by chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Gregory Parsons, his graduate student Sarah Morgan, have created the “ChemBuckler” fabric that actually deactivates the chemical agents altogether.

ChemBuckler incorporates a zirconium-based catalyst, and it can be fashioned into more comfortable gear for soldiers or anyone else in a combat zone. Additionally, the fabric could also provide protection against chemical pesticides for agricultural workers. 

With support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, the researchers will provide fabric samples to the US military for testing.

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