Forensic analysis of explosives using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) - Discrimination of ammonium nitrate sources

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dc.contributor.author Benson, Sarah en_US
dc.contributor.author Lennard, Christopher en_US
dc.contributor.author Maynard, Philip en_US
dc.contributor.author Hill, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Andrews, Anita en_US
dc.contributor.author Roux, Claude en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T05:36:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T05:36:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2010004901 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Benson Sarah et al. 2009, 'Forensic analysis of explosives using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) - Discrimination of ammonium nitrate sources', Forensic Science Society, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 73-80. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1355-0306 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14664
dc.description.abstract An evaluation was undertaken to determine if isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) could assist in the investigation of complex forensic cases by providing a level of discrimination not achievable utilising traditional forensic techniques. The focus of the research was on ammonium nitrate (AN), a common oxidiser used in improvised explosive mixtures. The potential value of IRMS to attribute Australian AN samples to the manufacturing source was demonstrated through the development of a preliminary AN classii? cation scheme based on nitrogen isotopes. Although the discrimination utilising nitrogen isotopes alone was limited and only relevant to samples from the three Australian manufacturers during the evaluated time period, the classii? cation scheme has potential as an investigative aid. Combining oxygen and hydrogen stable isotope values permitted the differentiation of AN prills from three different Australian manufacturers. Samples from i? ve different overseas sources could be differentiated utilising a combination of the nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen isotope values. Limited differentiation between Australian and overseas prills was achieved for the samples analysed. The comparison of nitrogen isotope values from intact AN prill samples with those from post-blast AN prill residues highlighted that the nitrogen isotopic composition of the prills was not maintained post-blast; hence, limiting the technique to analysis of un-reacted explosive material. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Forensic Science Society en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2009.04.005 en_US
dc.title Forensic analysis of explosives using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) - Discrimination of ammonium nitrate sources en_US
dc.parent Science & Justice en_US
dc.journal.volume 49 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Harrogate, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 73 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 80 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Chemistry and Forensic Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 039900 en_US
dc.personcode 96097439 en_US
dc.personcode 0000016451 en_US
dc.personcode 980952 en_US
dc.personcode 0000070175 en_US
dc.personcode 0000070176 en_US
dc.personcode 960382 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Chemical Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Stable isotopes Ammonium nitrate Explosives Isotope ratio mass spectrometry IRMS en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 960382 en_US


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