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Detection of explosives on skin using ambient ionization mass spectrometry

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Abstract

Single nanogram amounts of the explosives TNT, RDX, HMX, PETN and their mixtures were detected and identified in a few seconds on the surface of human skin without any sample preparation by desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) using a spray solution of methanolwater doped with sodium chloride to form the chloride adducts with RDX, HMX, and PETN while TNT was examined as the radical anion and tandem mass spectrometry was used to confirm the identifications.

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The article was received on 12 Mar 2007, accepted on 10 Apr 2007 and first published on 27 Apr 2007


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B703655H
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2007,0, 2142-2144
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    Detection of explosives on skin using ambient ionization mass spectrometry

    D. R. Justes, N. Talaty, I. Cotte-Rodriguez and R. G. Cooks, Chem. Commun., 2007, 0, 2142
    DOI: 10.1039/B703655H

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