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Issue 5, 2008
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Reliable, rapid and simple voltammetric detection of urea nitrate explosive

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Abstract

A highly selective and rapid electrochemical assay of the improvised explosive urea nitrate (UN) is reported. The method involves a short (∼10 s) acid-catalyzed reaction of UN with 4-nitrotoluene (NT) followed by a rapid (∼2 s) square-wave voltammetric (SWV) detection of the 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) product. The new protocol offers great promise for a reliable field detection of UN, with significant advantages of speed, sensitivity, portability, simplicity, and cost.

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The article was received on 17 Jan 2008, accepted on 07 Feb 2008 and first published on 15 Feb 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B800858B
Citation: Analyst, 2008,133, 585-587
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    Reliable, rapid and simple voltammetric detection of urea nitrate explosive

    A. Cagan, D. Lu, K. Cizek, J. La Belle and J. Wang, Analyst, 2008, 133, 585
    DOI: 10.1039/B800858B

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