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    Volume 39, Issue 6 (November 1994)

    Differentiation of Diethyl Ether/Acetone and Ethanol/Acetonitrile Solvent Pairs, and Other Common Volatiles by Dual Column Headspace Gas Chromatography

    (Received 28 March 1994; accepted 14 April 1994)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Gas chromatography is the most widely used method for the analysis of ethanol and other low molecular weight volatiles for forensic applications. Many laboratories use only a single analytical method for this analyte. Concern over the possible misidentification of acetonitrile as ethanol, and our experience in a case where we misidentified diethyl ether as acetone using a single method approach, led us to develop and adopt the dual column method described herein. Two columns, 5% carbowax on 60/80 Carbopak B, and 0.8% THEED on 80/100 carbopak C, were used for the complementary analysis of 32 common volatile organic compounds.


    Author Information:

    Logan, BK
    Washington State Toxicology Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Kiesel, EL
    Snohomish County Medical Examiners Office, Everett, WA

    Case, GA
    Washington State Toxicology Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


    Stock #: JFS13742J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13742J

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    Title Differentiation of Diethyl Ether/Acetone and Ethanol/Acetonitrile Solvent Pairs, and Other Common Volatiles by Dual Column Headspace Gas Chromatography
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    Committee E30