Scientists cage chemical demon

Jun 25, 2009

A Cambridge University-led research team has discovered a technique to safely handle and transport white phosphorous.

For centuries it has been known for its violent combustion upon contact with air - but this week a Cambridge-led team of researchers reveals that it has tamed one of the most hazardous chemical substances.

Their work could also result in an array of hazardous chemicals being handled and transported more safely in future.

The substance in question is white phosphorous, a feedstock for the preparation of many useful chemicals such as weed killers, insecticides and fertiliser.

White phosphorous is also infamous for its propensity to burst into flame. For this reason it is often used in military campaigns to create smokescreens to mask movement from the enemy, as well as an incendiary in bombs, artillery and mortars.

This research, published this week in the journal Science, was carried out by a team consisting of Prasenjit Mal, Boris Breiner and senior author Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge's Department of Chemistry, together with Kari Rissanen from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

The team created a 'container molecule' to stabilise white phosphorous indefinitely. This renders it safe until such time as a signal agent, benzene, is applied to release it.

The practical implications of the research are impressive: the technique of 'caging' individual molecules of the substance allows it to be manipulated and stored with greater safety, and has the potential to be used to tame other dangerous chemicals.

Dr Nitschke says: "It is foreseeable that our technique might be used to clean up a white phosphorous spill, either as part of an industrial accident or in a war zone. In addition to its ability to inflict grievous harm while burning, white phosphorous is very toxic and poses a major environmental hazard."

Source: University of Cambridge (news : web)

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shylove
3 / 5 (2) Jun 25, 2009
And if it could be used to keep white phosphorus weapons from burning innoicent civilians or enemy combatants that would be good too.
PaulLove
5 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2009
Hmm it would seem that the innocent civilians are feeding and supplying weapons to the enemy combatants and it is to be assumed that as you lable a group enemy combatants you might at least theoretically want them dead or why referr to them as enemy combantants as opposed to boon companions.
Chocolate_Bacon
not rated yet Jun 25, 2009
Benzene just solves so many problems, wonderful stuff.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2009
In 'nam this young girl threw a hat grenade into a Huey down below us so I iced the b--- no wait, that was a movie-
otto1923
not rated yet Jun 25, 2009
Benzene!!!!!!! -Rammstein
KBK
1 / 5 (3) Jun 25, 2009
Oddly enough, the guy actually died in that 'faked' film shot. The film was 'Apocalypse Now', as you might guess. Whoops!..on that particular film stunt. It happens! FYI: They kept the shot in the film.

But the reality is that the most recent use of White phosphorus was by the illegal occupational illegal bandit government of the country of Palestine, on it's -REAL- owners and citizens: The Palestinians. It was their land for over 2000 years, and the people occupying it are bunch of Caucasians who were never even genetically conceived anywhere near the middle east. What a psychotic cock-up of a driven agenda.

The whole thing is a NWO game, anyway. Create strife and division; work people against each other. Most dumb schmucks on the streets can't see that basic fact, which is why it works on them..and is always used.
otto1923
not rated yet Jun 25, 2009
There are no innocent civilians- god knows his own.
otto1923
not rated yet Jun 25, 2009
Actually, let me see... The Levant belonged to the Jews for awhile but then the babylonians and Hittites had it, then the Persians owned it until the Greeks took it away. The Phoenicians were owners, and of course the Romans, and the Egyptians occupied it for awhile. There were the crusaders and the mongols and the British, and the Arabs. And all the while who knows who the Palestinians were but certainly they interbred with the lot of them. Probably the Sea People from g_d knows where (I am not Kazar). Hard to lay claim to a bridge. Why not share it?
otto1923
not rated yet Jun 25, 2009
Let's not forget the Turks-
lysdexia
not rated yet Jul 03, 2009
black and red fosforus are safe; why not convert?

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