(Received 26 September 1987; accepted 4 January 1988)
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Chlorate/sugar mixtures are commonly used in improvised explosive devices. Sugars in the burnt chlorate/sugar residues are derivatized using trimethylsilylimidazole (TMSI) in pyridine. The resulting sugar-TMS derivatives are analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The presence of chlorates or byproducts of the chlorate/sugar reaction do not interfere in this process.
Forensic scientist, Illinois State Police, Bureau of Forensic Sciences, Maywood, IL
forensic scientist, Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire,
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