Environment monitoring, security and food quality control Metal organic frameworks for toxin encapsulation

A lot of money is spent every year in the monitoring programs for seafood toxins, above all in countries with a well-developed industry in seafood production and commercialization. Furthermore, toxic outbreaks imply great loses to the seafood industry as the mollusks cannot be commercialized for, frequently, long periods of time. 

Taking this into account, more efficient strategies and materials should be developed for biotoxins in situ monitoring, separation and seafood and water detoxification in order to prevent and remediate the negative impact of toxic outbreaks.

Metal Organic Frameworks are compounds consisting of metal ions or clusters coordinated to often rigid organic molecules to form one-, two-, or three-dimensional structures that can be porous. MOFs have many interesting potential applications in catalysis, separation, storage, etc. These materials are also very attractive for the encapsulation and controlled release of other interesting molecules (cosmetics, biological gazes, toxins…). 

The main aim of this project is to evaluate the use of porous MOFs for the encapsulation of marine and freshwater biotoxins in order to be used as new tools for; in situ toxin concentration for environmental monitoring, shellfish decontamination and/or toxin separation for analysis.

*with Patricia Horcajada (Institut Lavoisier, UMR CNRS 8180, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035, Versailles Cedex, France)-external collaboration