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Trace detection and competitive ionization of erythritol tetranitrate in mixtures using direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry

Published

Author(s)

Thomas P. Forbes, Edward R. Sisco

Abstract

Direct analysis in real time (DART) mass spectrometry was used for trace detection of the nitrate ester explosive, erythritol tetranitrate (ETN), and its sugar alcohol precursor, erythritol. The present investigation revealed the impact of competitive ionization between ETN and erythritol for the detection of sugar alcohol-based homemade explosives.
Citation
Analytical Methods
Volume
7
Issue
8

Keywords

Direct analysis in real time, Mass spectrometry, Explosives Detection, Nitrate ester, Sugar alcohol, Competitive ionization
Created April 9, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018