Recent methods for the determination of peroxide-based explosives

Schulte-Ladbeck, Rasmus; Vogel, Martin; Karst, Uwe
November 2006
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Nov2006, Vol. 386 Issue 3, p559
Academic Journal
In the last few years, the need to determine peroxide-based explosives in solid samples and air samples has resulted in the development of a series of new analytical methods for triacetonetriperoxide (TATP, acetone peroxide) and hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine (HMTD). In this review, after a short introduction describing the state of the art in the field, these new analytical methods are critically discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on spectroscopic and mass spectrometric methods as well as on chromatographic techniques with selective detection schemes. The potential of these methods to analyse unknown solid samples that might contain one or more of the explosives and to analyse peroxide-based explosives in air is evaluated.


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