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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)

  • 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.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Language:English
Parent Title (English):Aschenbruck, Martini et al. (Hg.): Future Security. 7th Security Research Conference, Future Security 2012, Bonn, Germany, September 4-6, 2012. Proceedings. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), vol 318
First Page:366
Last Page:375
ISBN:978-3-642-33161-9
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33161-9_55
Publisher:Springer
Place of publication:Berlin, Heidelberg
Date of first publication:2012/09/20
Tag:PTR-MS; Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry; TOF; designer drugs; drug detection; explosives detection; low detection limits
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Angewandte Naturwissenschaften
Institut für Detektionstechnologien (IDT)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 66 Chemische Verfahrenstechnik / 662 Explosivstoffe, Brennstoffe und verwandte Produkte
Entry in this database:2018/03/27