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Automated screening for trace-level explosives in water and fabrics using HiSorb™ probes and Centri® extraction and enrichment technology

Introduction

The determination of explosive compounds in solids and liquids is important for forensic and defence monitoring applications such as identification of unexploded residues following a blast, forensic examination of clothing from a suspect or analysis of materials at a crime scene where illicit manufacture or storage is suspected. Furthermore, explosive compounds may find their way into the environment via use in warfare or domestic terrorism, as waste from illicit manufacture or inadvertently as part of legitimate activities. Many explosives cause ecological harm,1 and where contamination of waterways is likely, monitoring should be carried out.

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