Chemist and research officer, Forensic Science Laboratory, Chemistry Centre (W.A.), Perth,
(Received 29 March 1989; accepted 13 April 1989)
A simple, inexpensive carbon wire adsorption/solvent extraction (CWSE) technique that allows for sensitive and reproducible analysis of organic volatiles from arson debris is described. The technique requires a minimum of expensive equipment and is particularly suited to those laboratories without a thermal desorption unit or pyrolyzer. The technique combines static headspace sampling with solvent extraction and analysis by capillary column gas chromatography.
Paper ID: JFS12829J