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NCJ Number: NCJ 242057     Find in a Library
Title: Identification of Chlorinated Acetones in Analyses of Aged Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP)
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1299 to 1302
Author(s): Mark Fitzgerald, Ph.D. ; Daniel Bilusich, Ph.D.
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The organic peroxide explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) is regularly encountered by law enforcement agents in various stages of its production, storage, or usage.
Abstract: The organic peroxide explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) is regularly encountered by law enforcement agents in various stages of its production, storage, or usage. In a previous study, it has been demonstrated that isolated, rigorously purified, TATP may degrade to form a series of chlorinated acetones when directly treated with excess concentrated hydrochloric acid. The current study extends this work to examine whether this phenomenon may be measured during the more feasible scenario of aging of rudimentarily purified TATP contaminated with trace reaction mixture. It was demonstrated that solid-phase microextraction gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses of aged TATP that was synthesized utilizing hydrochloric acid catalyst may identify the presence of the degradation products chloroacetone and 1,1-dichloroacetone. Upon aging of TATP synthesized utilizing either sulfuric or nitric acid catalyst, no acid specific degradation products could be identified. These findings may be exploited by forensic chemists in the analyses of TATP samples. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Chromatography ; Explosives ; Mass spectroscopy ; Chemical irritants
   
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