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Designer Drugs and Trace Explosives Detection with the Help of Very Recent Advancements in Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS)

  • Philipp Sulzer
  • Simone Jürschik
  • Bishu Agarwal
  • Thomas Kassebacher
  • Eugen Hartungen
  • Achim Edtbauer
  • Fredrik Petersson
  • Johannes Warmer
  • Gerhard Holl
  • Dave Perry
  • Christopher A. Mayhew
  • Tilmann D. Märk
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 318)

Abstract

At the "Future Security 2011" we presented an overview of our studies on the "Detection and Identification of Illicit and Hazardous Substances with Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS)" including first results on explosives, chemical warfare agents and illicit and prescribed drugs detection. Since then we have considerably extended these preliminary studies to the detection of defined traces of some of the most common explosives, namely TNT, PETN, TATP, and DATP deposited into aluminum foam bodies, and to the detection of a number of novel and widely unknown designer drugs: ethylphenidate, 4-fluoroamphetamine and dimethocaine. Moreover, we have dramatically improved our time-of-flight based PTR-MS instruments by substantially increasing their sensitivity and hence lowering the detection limit, making them even more suitable and applicable to threat agents with extremely low vapour pressures. Data from measurements on certified gas standards are presented in order to underline these statements. The data demonstrate that, in comparison to the first generation instruments, a gain of one order of magnitude in terms of sensitivity and detection limit has been obtained.

Keywords

Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry PTR-MS drug detection designer drugs explosives detection TOF low detection limits 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Sulzer
    • 1
  • Simone Jürschik
    • 1
  • Bishu Agarwal
    • 2
  • Thomas Kassebacher
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eugen Hartungen
    • 1
  • Achim Edtbauer
    • 1
  • Fredrik Petersson
    • 1
  • Johannes Warmer
    • 3
  • Gerhard Holl
    • 3
  • Dave Perry
    • 4
  • Christopher A. Mayhew
    • 4
  • Tilmann D. Märk
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IONICON Analytik GmbH.InnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte PhysikLeopold-Franzens Universität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  3. 3.Institut für DetektionstechnologienHochschule Bonn-Rhein-SiegRheinbachGermany
  4. 4.Molecular Physics Group, School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK

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