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Exploring Rapid, Sensitive and Reliable Detection of Trace Explosives Using Paper Spray Mass Spectrometry (PS‐MS)

Costa, Catia, van Es, Elsje M., Sears, Patrick, Bunch, Josephine, Palitsin, Vladimir, Mosegaard, Kirst and Bailey, Melanie (2019) Exploring Rapid, Sensitive and Reliable Detection of Trace Explosives Using Paper Spray Mass Spectrometry (PS‐MS) Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 44 (8). pp. 1021-1027.

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Abstract

In this publication we work towards providing fast, sensitive and selective analysis of explosive compounds collected on swabs using paper spray mass spectrometry. We have (a) increased the size of the paper spray substrate to 1.6×2.1 cm for compatibility with current practise in swabbing for explosive material; (b) developed a method for determining a successful extraction of analyte from the substrate to reduce false negative events; and (c) expanded the range of analytes that can be detected using paper spray to include the peroxide explosive HMTD, as well as nitroglycerine (NG), picric acid (PA) and tetryl. We report the development of a 30 s method for the simultaneous detection of 7 different explosive materials using PSMS with detection limits below 25 pg, as well as detection of HMTD at 2500 pg, showing an improvement on previously published work.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Costa, Catiac.d.costa@surrey.ac.uk
van Es, Elsje M.
Sears, Patrickp.sears@surrey.ac.uk
Bunch, Josephine
Palitsin, VladimirV.Palitsin@surrey.ac.uk
Mosegaard, Kirst
Bailey, MelanieM.Bailey@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 27 May 2019
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1002/prep.201800320
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Wiley‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim This is the peer-reviewed version of the following article: C. Costa, E. M. van Es, P. Sears, J. Bunch, V. Palitsin, K. Mosegaard, M. J. Bailey. (2019). 'Exploring Rapid, Sensitive and Reliable Detection of Trace Explosives Using Paper Spray Mass Spectrometry (PS‐MS)' in Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/prep.201800320 . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley-VCH Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Explosives; Paper Spray; Mass Spectrometry
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 03 Jun 2019 09:37
Last Modified : 14 Aug 2019 13:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/851923

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