ANALYSIS OF AQUEOUS FIELD SAMPLES FOR MUSTARD DEGRADATION PRODUCTS: A JOINT CA/US TTCP E-AG-42 ANALYTICAL EXERCISE

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Authors
  1. D'Agostino, P.A.
  2. Hancock, J.R.
  3. Provost, L.R.
  4. Taylor, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);IIT Research Inst, Chicago IL (US)
Abstract
CA and US participated in a joint TTCP E-AG-42 analytical exercise involving the analysis of aqueous field samples for the presence of mustard degradation products. The laboratories reported consistent results that clearly indicated the prior presence of mustard in a destruction site more than twenty yeas after the fact. Both laboratories used mass spectrometry for confirmation of the hydrolysis product of mustard, thiodiglycol. The US confirmed thiodiglycol as its bis(TMS) derivative during GC-MS and CA as the intact compound during GC-MS and LC-ESI-MS analysis. In addition both laboratories reported the presence of 1,4-thioxane and 1,4-dithiane, two compounds commonly associated with the degradation of mustard. CA also detected 6-oxa-3,9-dithia-1, 11-undecanediol, the hydrolysis product of the longer chain sulfur vesicant, bis((2-chloroethylthio)ethyl) ether (T) during LC-ESI-MS analysis.
Keywords
CW identification;Electrospray mass spectrometry;Thiodiglycol;Sulfur mustards;GC/MS;LC/ESI/MS
Report Number
DRES-M-1520 — Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 1999
Number of Pages
23
DSTKIM No
99-00362
CANDIS No
510205
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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