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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324768/analysis-of-different-materials-subjected-to-open-air-explosions-in-search-of-explosive-traces-by-raman-microscopy
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Félix Zapata, Carmen García-Ruiz
Post-explosion scenes offer such chaos and destruction that evidence recovery and detection of post-blast residues from the explosive in the surrounding materials is highly challenging and difficult. The suitability of materials to retain explosives residues and their subsequent analysis has been scarcely investigated. Particularly, the use of explosive mixtures containing inorganic oxidizing salts to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a current security concern due to their wide availability and lax control...
March 16, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319855/microbial-bioreporters-of-trace-explosives
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REVIEW
Benjamin Shemer, Ori Koshet, Sharon Yagur-Kroll, Shimshon Belkin
Since its introduction as an explosive in the late 19th century, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), along with other explosive compounds, has left numerous environmental marks. One of these is widespread soil and water pollution by trace explosives in military proving grounds, manufacturing facilities, or actual battlefields. Another dramatic impact is that exerted by the millions of landmines and other explosive devices buried in large parts of the world, causing extensive loss of life, injuries, and economical damage...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292727/analysis-of-dna-from-post-blast-pipe-bomb-fragments-for-identification-and-determination-of-ancestry
#3
Esiri Tasker, Bobby LaRue, Charity Beherec, David Gangitano, Sheree Hughes-Stamm
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as pipe bombs are weapons used to detrimentally affect people and communities. A readily accessible brand of exploding targets called Tannerite® has been identified as a potential material for abuse as an explosive in pipe bombs. The ability to recover and genotype DNA from such weapons may be vital in the effort to identify suspects associated with these devices. While it is possible to recover DNA from post-blast fragments using short tandem repeat markers (STRs), genotyping success can be negatively affected by low quantities of DNA, degradation, and/or PCR inhibitors...
March 1, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284543/aquatic-environmental-changes-and-anthropogenic-activities-reflected-by-the-sedimentary-records-of-the-shima-river-southern-china
#4
Lei Gao, Zhuowei Wang, Jiju Shan, Jianyao Chen, Changyuan Tang, Ming Yi
Reconstructing historical sedimentary records is essential for better understanding the effects of anthropogenic activities on river environments. We used lead-210 to date riverine sediment core from the Shima River in China. We obtained a sedimentary history of 34 years (1982-2015) for core S2, which had a length of 34 cm. The sedimentation rate of 0.304-2.04 cm y(-1) was controlled by both flood events and anthropogenic activities. The conservative element content depth profiles remained relatively constant, suggestive of a relatively stable sediment provenance; therefore, the increase in the sedimentation rate over time was mainly the result of domestic and industrial wastewater effluent and the construction of a rubber dam at the middle and lower reach of the Shima River...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284444/investigating-tnt-loss-between-sample-collection-and-analysis
#5
Niamh Nic Daeid, Holly A Yu, Matthew S Beardah
Explosives residues are often collected from explosion scenes, and from surfaces suspected of being in contact with explosives, by swabbing with solvent-wetted cotton swabs. It is vital that any explosives traces present on the swabs are successfully extracted and detected when received in a laboratory. However, a 2007 proficiency test initiated by the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Expert Working Group on Explosives involving TNT-spiked cotton swabs highlighted that explosives may not always be detected from such samples...
March 2017: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253619/determination-of-peroxide-explosive-tatp-and-related-compounds-by-dielectric-barrier-discharge-ionization-mass-spectrometry-dbdi-ms
#6
Sebastian Hagenhoff, Joachim Franzke, Heiko Hayen
Dielectric barrier discharge ionization-mass spectrometry (DBDI-MS), which is based on the use of a low temperature helium plasma as ionization source, is used for the determination of trace amounts of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and its homologue diacetone diperoxide (DADP) from surfaces. TATP is observed as [M+NH4](+) adduct, whereas DADP is observed as [M+O+NH4](+). Measurement of DADP with varying deuteration degrees (DADP, DADP-d6 and DADP-d12) indicates that DADP undergoes oxidation when ionized by DBDI...
March 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239970/atmospheric-pressure-chemical-ionization-of-explosives-induced-by-soft-x-radiation-in-ion-mobility-spectrometry-mass-spectrometric-investigation-of-the-ionization-reactions-of-drift-gasses-dopants-and-alkyl-nitrates
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Daniel Riebe, Alexander Erler, Thomas Ritschel, Toralf Beitz, Hans-Gerd Löhmannsröben, Andreas Beil, Michael Blaschke, Thomas Ludwig
A promising replacement for the radioactive sources commonly encountered in ion mobility spectrometers is a miniaturized, energy-efficient photoionization source that produce the reactant ions via soft X-radiation (2.8 keV). In order to successfully apply the photoionization source, it is imperative to know the spectrum of reactant ions and the subsequent ionization reactions leading to the detection of analytes. To that end, an ionization chamber based on the photoionization source that reproduces the ionization processes in the ion mobility spectrometer and facilitates efficient transfer of the product ions into a mass spectrometer was developed...
August 2016: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157878/multiplex-coherent-anti-stokes-raman-scattering-spectroscopy-for-trace-chemical-detection
#8
Sherrie B Pilkington, Stephen D Roberson, Paul M Pellegrino
Trace chemical detection is a particularly challenging problem of significant Army interest. Optical diagnostic techniques offer rapid, accurate, sensitive, and highly selective detection of hazardous materials in a variety of systems. Multiplex coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering (MCARS) spectroscopy generates a complete Raman spectrum from the material of interest using a combination of a supercontinuum pulse, which drives multiple molecular vibrations simultaneously, and a narrowband probe pulse. In this study, we demonstrated the ability of MCARS to detect trace amounts of both explosive materials and chemical warfare agent simulants with limits of detection below 0...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153227/quantifying-the-stability-of-trace-explosives-under-different-environmental-conditions-using-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#9
Edward Sisco, Marcela Najarro, Daniel Samarov, Jeffrey Lawrence
This work investigates the stability of trace (tens of nanograms) deposits of six explosives: erythritol tetranitrate (ETN), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (HMX), 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), and 2,4,6-trinitrophenylmethylnitramine (tetryl) to determine environmental stabilities and lifetimes of trace level materials. Explosives were inkjet printed directly onto substrates and exposed to one of seven environmental conditions (Laboratory, -4°C, 30°C, 47°C, 90% relative humidity, UV light, and ozone) up to 42 days...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119193/suspect-screening-and-quantification-of-trace-organic-explosives-in-wastewater-using-solid-phase-extraction-and-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-accurate-mass-spectrometry
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Helena Rapp-Wright, Gillian McEneff, Bronagh Murphy, Sally Gamble, Ruth Morgan, Matthew Beardah, Leon Barron
The first comprehensive assessment of 34 solid phase extraction sorbents is presented for organic explosive residues in wastewater prior to analysis with liquid chromatography-high resolution accurate mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS). A total of 18 explosives were selected including nitramines, nitrate esters, nitroaromatics and organic peroxides. Three polymeric divinylbenzene-based sorbents were found to be most suitable and one co-polymerised with n-vinyl pyrrolidone offered satisfactory recoveries for 14 compounds in fortified wastewater (77-124%)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111472/building-a-lineage-from-single-cells-genetic-techniques-for-cell-lineage-tracking
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REVIEW
Mollie B Woodworth, Kelly M Girskis, Christopher A Walsh
Resolving lineage relationships between cells in an organism is a fundamental interest of developmental biology. Furthermore, investigating lineage can drive understanding of pathological states, including cancer, as well as understanding of developmental pathways that are amenable to manipulation by directed differentiation. Although lineage tracking through the injection of retroviral libraries has long been the state of the art, a recent explosion of methodological advances in exogenous labelling and single-cell sequencing have enabled lineage tracking at larger scales, in more detail, and in a wider range of species than was previously considered possible...
April 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102439/reconstruction-of-radionuclide-intakes-for-the-residents-of-east-urals-radioactive-trace-1957-2011
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Evgenia I Tolstykh, Lyudmila M Peremyslova, Marina O Degteva, Bruce A Napier
The East Urals Radioactive Trace (EURT) was formed after a chemical explosion in the radioactive waste-storage facility of the Mayak Production Association in 1957 (Southern Urals, Russia) and resulted in an activity dispersion of 7.4 × 10(16) Bq into the atmosphere. Internal exposure due to ingestion of radionuclides with local foodstuffs was the main factor of public exposure at the EURT. The EURT cohort, combining residents of most contaminated settlements, was formed for epidemiological study at the Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine, Russia (URCRM)...
January 19, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073264/metal-organic-polyhedra-coated-si-nanowires-for-the-sensitive-detection-of-trace-explosives
#13
Anping Cao, Wei Zhu, Jin Shang, Johan H Klootwijk, Ernst J R Sudhölter, Jurriaan Huskens, Louis C P M de Smet
Surface-modified silicon nanowire-based field-effect transistors (SiNW-FETs) have proven to be a promising platform for molecular recognition in miniature sensors. In this work, we present a novel nanoFET device for the sensitive and selective detection of explosives based on affinity layers of metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs). The judicious selection of the geometric and electronic characteristics of the assembly units (organic ligands and unsaturated metal site) embedded within the MOP cage allowed for the formation of multiple charge-transfer (CT) interactions to facilitate the selective explosive inclusion...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040920/mid-infrared-gas-absorption-sensor-based-on-a-broadband-external-cavity-quantum-cascade-laser
#14
Juan Sun, Hao Deng, Ningwu Liu, Hongliang Wang, Benli Yu, Jingsong Li
We developed a laser absorption sensor based on a pulsed, broadband tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) centered at 1285 cm(-1). Unlike traditional infrared spectroscopy system, a quartz crystal tuning fork (QCTF) as a light detector was used for laser signal detection. Fast Fourier transform was applied to extract vibration intensity information of QCTF. The sensor system is successfully tested on nitrous oxide (N2O) spectroscopy measurements and compared with a standard infrared detector...
December 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001448/following-the-interstellar-history-of-carbon-from-the-interiors-of-stars-to-the-surfaces-of-planets
#15
L M Ziurys, D T Halfen, W Geppert, Y Aikawa
The chemical history of carbon is traced from its origin in stellar nucleosynthesis to its delivery to planet surfaces. The molecular carriers of this element are examined at each stage in the cycling of interstellar organic material and their eventual incorporation into solar system bodies. The connection between the various interstellar carbon reservoirs is also examined. Carbon has two stellar sources: supernova explosions and mass loss from evolved stars. In the latter case, the carbon is dredged up from the interior and then ejected into a circumstellar envelope, where a rich and unusual C-based chemistry occurs...
December 2016: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990179/analysis-of-urine-oral-fluid-and-fingerprints-by-liquid-extraction-surface-analysis-coupled-to-high-resolution-ms-and-ms-ms-opportunities-for-forensic-and-biomedical-science
#16
Melanie Bailey, Elizabeth C Randall, Catia Costa, Tara L Salter, Alan M Race, Marcel de Puit, Mattijs Koeberg, Mark Baumert, Josephine Bunch
Liquid Extraction Surface Analysis (LESA) is a new, high throughput tool for ambient mass spectrometry. A solvent droplet is deposited from a pipette tip onto a surface and maintains contact with both the surface and the pipette tip for a few seconds before being re-aspirated. The technique is particularly suited to the analysis of trace materials on surfaces due to its high sensitivity and low volume of sample removal. In this work, we assess the suitability of LESA for obtaining detailed chemical profiles of fingerprints, oral fluid and urine, which may be used in future for rapid medical diagnostics or metabolomics studies...
April 28, 2016: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933669/characterization-of-nitrated-sugar-alcohols-by-atmospheric-pressure-chemical-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#17
Alla Ostrinskaya, Jude A Kelley, Roderick R Kunz
RATIONALE: The nitrated sugar alcohols mannitol hexanitrate (MHN), sorbitol hexanitrate (SHN) and xylitol pentanitrate (XPN) are in the same class of compounds as the powerful military grade explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and the homemade explosive erythritol tetranitrate (ETN) but, unlike for PETN and ETN, ways to detect MHN, SHN and XPN by mass spectrometry (MS) have not been fully investigated. METHODS: Atmospheric-pressure chemical-ionization mass spectrometry (APCI-MS) was used to detect ions characteristic of nitrated sugar alcohols...
December 9, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906156/biomimetic-sniffing-improves-the-detection-performance-of-a-3d-printed-nose-of-a-dog-and-a-commercial-trace-vapor-detector
#18
Matthew E Staymates, William A MacCrehan, Jessica L Staymates, Roderick R Kunz, Thomas Mendum, Ta-Hsuan Ong, Geoffrey Geurtsen, Greg J Gillen, Brent A Craven
Unlike current chemical trace detection technology, dogs actively sniff to acquire an odor sample. Flow visualization experiments with an anatomically-similar 3D printed dog's nose revealed the external aerodynamics during canine sniffing, where ventral-laterally expired air jets entrain odorant-laden air toward the nose, thereby extending the "aerodynamic reach" for inspiration of otherwise inaccessible odors. Chemical sampling and detection experiments quantified two modes of operation with the artificial nose-active sniffing and continuous inspiration-and demonstrated an increase in odorant detection by a factor of up to 18 for active sniffing...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895234/ultraviolet-raman-wide-field-hyperspectral-imaging-spectrometer-for-standoff-trace-explosive-detection
#19
Kyle T Hufziger, Sergei V Bykov, Sanford A Asher
We constructed the first deep ultraviolet (UV) Raman standoff wide-field imaging spectrometer. Our novel deep UV imaging spectrometer utilizes a photonic crystal to select Raman spectral regions for detection. The photonic crystal is composed of highly charged, monodisperse 35.5 ± 2.9 nm silica nanoparticles that self-assemble in solution to produce a face centered cubic crystalline colloidal array that Bragg diffracts a narrow ∼1.0 nm full width at half-maximum (FWHM) UV spectral region. We utilize this photonic crystal to select and image two different spectral regions containing resonance Raman bands of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and NH4NO3 (AN)...
February 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885730/artificial-olfactory-system-for-trace-identification-of-explosive-vapors-realized-by-optoelectronic-schottky-sensing
#20
Linjuan Guo, Zheng Yang, Xincun Dou
A rapid, ultrasensitive artificial olfactory system based on an individual optoelectronic Schottky junction is demonstrated for the discriminative detection of explosive vapors, including military explosives and improvised explosives.
February 2017: Advanced Materials
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