Explosive and narcotic compounds have long been known to be readily and rapidly detectable by SIFT-MS. Syft Technologies’ Voice200ultra has recently been deployed into this application by the Explosives Ordnance Division of the Royal Thai Police, confirming its growing recognition as an effective tool in explosive identification. With a need to identify explosive residues and taggants in pre- and post-blast samples, the EOD use swab sampling to rapidly analyse surfaces and blast debris.
Compound identification occurs simultaneously within a single swab sample to identify explosive compounds including:
- 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane (DMNB)
- Ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN)
- pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN)
- 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX)
- Acetone peroxide (TATP)
- Nitroglycerin (NG)
- 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)
The Voice200ultra offers robustness, sensitivity, and strong differentiation between these compounds, which can even be discriminated from environmental background in dirty or strongly contaminated samples. As little as 0.7ng of analyte can be enough for positive identification. The ease of operation, short analysis time, and rapid sample turnover are more than just a bonus in an emergency response situation.
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Written by Thomas Mckellar