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Web Date: October 27, 2011

Speedy Homemade-Explosive Detector

Forensic Chemistry: A new method could increase the number of explosives detected by airport screeners
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: explosives detection, capillary electrophoresis, nitrates, forensic chemistry

A new portable device detects homemade explosives of a kind frequently used for terrorist attacks about twenty times faster than previously possible (Anal. Chem., DOI: 10.1021/ac2020195). Researchers hope the test could expand the range of explosives detected by airport screening, without taking more of passengers’ time.

Today’s screening technologies, including those used at the airport to analyze swabs from suitcases, are good at detecting commercial explosives. These explosives are organic-based and . . .

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