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Fields & Applications Forensics, Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry

What's in the Bag?

A team of researchers led by Edward Sisco of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, found that their thermal desorption direct analysis in real-time MS (TD-DART-MS) method, coupled with wipe-based sampling, was capable of determining the contents of unopened drug packaging with 92 percent accuracy (1). We sat down with Sisco and co-investigators Elizabeth Robinson and Amber Burns to learn more.


What inspired the work?

Sisco: The study originated from our ongoing work measuring the background levels of drugs in forensic laboratories. Surfaces throughout the laboratory are wiped and the resulting sample is tested for a panel of drugs. This new study using wipes and TD-DART-MS to measure drug levels in packages is a natural extension of this work.

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