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Accumulation of explosives in hair.
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PMID:  16078483     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The sorption of explosives (TNT, RDX, PETN, TATP, EGDN) to hair during exposure to their vapors is examined. Three colors of hair were simultaneously exposed to explosive vapor. Following exposure of hair, the sorbed explosive was removed by extraction with acetonitrile and quantified. Results show that sorption of explosives, via vapor diffusion, to black hair is significantly greater than to blond, brown or bleached hair. Furthermore, the rate of sorption is directly related to the vapor density of the explosive: EGDN > TATP >>>TNT >> PETN > RDX. In some cases, the explosive-containing hair was subject to repeated washings with sodium dodecylsulfate or simply left out in an open area to determine the persistence of the explosive contamination. While explosive is removed from hair with time or washing, some persists. These results indicate that hair can be a useful indicator of explosive exposure/handling.
Jimmie C Oxley; James L Smith; Louis J Kirschenbaum; Kajal P Shinde; Suvarna Marimganti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-04     Completed Date:  2005-09-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  826-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Chemistry Department, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ethylene Glycols / analysis
Forensic Medicine*
Hair / chemistry*
Heterocyclic Compounds, 1-Ring / analysis
Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate / analysis
Peroxides / analysis
Triazines / analysis
Trinitrotoluene / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ethylene Glycols; 0/Heterocyclic Compounds, 1-Ring; 0/Peroxides; 0/Triazines; 0/triacetone triperoxide; 118-96-7/Trinitrotoluene; 121-82-4/cyclonite; 628-96-6/ethylene glycol dinitrate; 78-11-5/Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate

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