Analysis of explosives via microchip electrophoresis and conventional capillary electrophoresis: A review

Martin Pumera

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    Abstract

    The upsurge in terrorist activity has generated tremendous demand for innovative tools capable of detecting major industrial, military, and home-made (improvised) explosives. Fast, sensitive, and reliable detection of explosives in the field is a very important issue in nowadays. CE, especially in its miniaturized format (lab-on-a-chip), offers great possibilities to create portable, field deployable, rapidly responding, and potentially disposable devices, allowing security forces to make the important decisions regarding the safety of civilians. This article overviews the microchip and conventional capillary electrophoretic techniques for analysis of a wide variety of explosive compounds and mixtures. © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)244-256
    JournalElectrophoresis
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

    Keywords

    • Capillary electrophoresis
    • Explosives
    • Microchip electrophoresis
    • Microfluidics
    • Review
    • Terrorism

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