Abstract Novel 1,3,5-triazine derivatives were spray-coated onto surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices and exposed to vapors of dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES) and water. Changes in chemiresistor and SAW responses were monitored and recorded by computer-controlled data-acquisition techniques. All the derivatives tested showed little or no chemiresistor or SAW responses to water vapor. The largest reversible chemiresistor response to DMMP vapor was observed with the dicarboxylic acid derivative. The largest SAW response to DMMP was with the dithione, and the dichloro-octylthio derivative showed the largest response to CEES.