Organophosphate degradation with molybdenum oxo complexes
Sulfur oxidation (R2S → R2S(=O)) is key in the desulfurization chemistry of fossil fuels and in degrading organophosphate neurotoxins that include pesticides. To this end, we recently discovered several molybdenum oxo-peroxo compounds that carry out this oxidation under mild conditions. The organophosphate neurotoxins include sulfur-containing pesticides that are in current use. Both experimental and computational methods will be used to to elucidate a mechanistic route, and this effort informs the design of better reagents for sulfur oxidation that includes polymer-supported molybdenum complexes. The latter has the operational advantages of heterogeneous catalysis which yields new materials for remediation of these neurotoxins.