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Web Date: May 21, 2007

A Zinc Sensor For High Explosives

Direct fluorescence method selectively detects RDX and PETN
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN

Practical detection of two commonly used explosives may be closer at hand now that the first direct fluorescence sensor for RDX and PETN has been reported. Chemists Trisha L. Andrew and Timothy M. Swager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed the device (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja071911c).

Explosive devices hidden in war zones and transportation hubs continue to raise concerns, spurring researchers to improve methods for detecting them. Many current detection methods . . .

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