Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry


Analytical Chemistry



First Advisor

Jimmie C. Oxley


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 preconcentration of explosive vapor for use with portable explosive detection technologies, specifically molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs).



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