Researchers: Iron-based compound stores white phosphorus safely

06/29/2009 | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers say they have discovered an iron-based cage compound that offers the first chance to store white phosphorus safely and prevent combustion, as opposed to needing to store it underwater or enclose it in a metal casing. White phosphorus is highly flammable and can burn uncontrollably when reacting to oxygen, but the cage compound allows for a controlled release.

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