(Received 17 August 1979; accepted 5 December 1979)
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A simple and inexpensive procedure to confirm the identity of unburned or partially burned flakes of smokeless powder is described. The procedure is based on (1) particle morphology and solubility in acetone, (2) Rf values of the flakes when they are chromatographed on thin-layer chromatographic plates, and (3) specificity of the visualizing reagent to nitrite.
Research associate, Chemistry and Physics Laboratory, Ivan A. Getting Laboratories, Los Angeles, Calif
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