GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY - MASS SPECTROMETRY: A TECHNIQUE FOR THE VERIFICATION OF CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS AND RELATED COMPOUNDS

Authors
  1. D'Agostino, P.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
Verification of chemical warfare agents and related compounds generally involve the following three steps: (1) Sample Collection; (2) Sample Storage and Handling/Clean-up; and (3) Sample Analysis. The last step, sample analysis, while very dependent on representative sampling and adequate storage and clean-up, often requires detection and confirmation of the analyte of interest by capillary column gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). GC-MS is often the method of choice for chemical warfare agent analyses requiring a high degree of certainty, as this technique offers the analyst excellent sensitivity and specificity. This paper describes some considerations during sample analysis by GC-MS and illustrates the importance of GC-MS for the verification of organophosphorus and organosulfur compounds of chemical defence interest.
Report Number
DRES-SP-142-P-37 — @Paper presented at the NMR in Defence Sciences 1990 Symposium, Ralston, Alberta, Canada, 10-12 October 1990; CONTAINED IN 91-03239
Date of publication
15 May 1991
Number of Pages
15 (p37-51)
DSTKIM No
91-03235
CANDIS No
70426
Format(s):
Microfiche filmed at DSIS;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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