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Identification of Sugars in Explosive Residues by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Illinois State Police, Bureau of Forensic Sciences,
Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory, Huntingdon,
(Received 26 September 1987; accepted 4 January 1988)
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.
criminalistics, chemical analysis, sugars, explosives, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, derivatization
Paper ID: JFS12561J
Title Identification of Sugars in Explosive Residues by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
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