Application of polymer systems to the detection and retention of explosives

Jonathan N Canino, University of Rhode Island


Obtaining, handling, and storing of explosives, especially primaries such as triacetonetriperoxide (TATP), presents significant obstacles to instrument manufacturers and K-9 trainers. Microencapsulation techniques were used to trap TATP in a plastic matrix rendering it safe to handle, store at room temperature, and release by heating. Detection of most explosive vapor is a challenge for current instrumentation. This work provides a study of polymer systems for the pre-concentration of explosive vapor for use with portable explosive detection technologies, specifically molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs).^

Subject Area

Chemistry, Polymer

Recommended Citation

Jonathan N Canino, "Application of polymer systems to the detection and retention of explosives" (2014). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI3646200.