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Development of an LC/MS method for the trace analysis of triacetone triperoxide (TATP)

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Abstract

The detection and quantification of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) using LC/MS is investigated. GC/MS analysis of TATP is hindered by stationary phase activation in very short periods of time. Due to the lower temperatures used in LC, this problem is not encountered. This study presents a method that is suitable for the detection of TATP at levels as low as 100 pg μl−1 (10 ng per 100 μl). Initial findings are also reported for the investigation of a secondary chromatographic peak, which is thought to be caused by separation of two conformers. This study concludes that LC/MS is a suitable technique for the analysis of trace levels of TATP.

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The article was received on 27 Aug 2002, accepted on 21 Oct 2002 and first published on 31 Oct 2002


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B208350G
Citation: Analyst, 2002,127, 1627-1632

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    Development of an LC/MS method for the trace analysis of triacetone triperoxide (TATP)

    L. Widmer, S. Watson, K. Schlatter and A. Crowson, Analyst, 2002, 127, 1627
    DOI: 10.1039/B208350G

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