Inclusion and release of ant alarm pheromones from metal-organic frameworks

Harina Amer Hamzah, Daniel Rixson, Joseph Paul-Taylor, Huan V. Doan, Christopher Dadswell, Gavin W. Roffe, Arun Sridhar, Claire L. Hobday, Charlie Wedd, Tina Düren, William O.H. Hughes, John Spencer, Andrew D. Burrows*

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Zinc(ii) and zirconium(iv) metal-organic frameworks show uptake and slow release of the ant alarm pheromones 3-octanone and 4-methyl-3-heptanone. Inclusion of N-propyl groups on the MOFs allows for enhanced uptake and release over several months. In preliminary field trials, leaf cutting ants show normal behavioural responses to the released pheromones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10334-10338
Number of pages5
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number30
Early online date21 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2020


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