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pH dependence of methyl phosphonic acid, dipicolinic acid, and cyanide by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Author(s): Stuart Farquharson; Alan Gift; Paul Maksymiuk; Frank E. Inscore; Wayne W. Smith
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Paper Abstract

U.S. and Coalition forces fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq must consider a wide range of attack scenarios in addition to car bombings. Among these is the intentional poisoning of water supplies to obstruct military operations. To counter such attacks, the military is developing portable analyzers that can identify and quantify potential chemical agents in water supplies at microgram per liter concentrations within 10 minutes. To aid this effort we have been investigating the value of a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy based portable analyzer. In particular we have been developing silver-doped sol-gels to generate SER spectra of chemical agents and their hydrolysis products. Here we present SER spectra of methyl phosphonic acid and cyanide as a function of pH, an important factor affecting quantitation measurements, which to our knowledge has not been examined. In addition, dipicolinic acid, a chemical signature associated with anthrax-causing spores, is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5269, Chemical and Biological Point Sensors for Homeland Defense, (8 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.510626
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Stuart Farquharson, Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (United States)
Alan Gift, Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (United States)
Paul Maksymiuk, Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (United States)
Frank E. Inscore, Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (United States)
Wayne W. Smith, Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5269:
Chemical and Biological Point Sensors for Homeland Defense
Arthur J. Sedlacek; Richard Colton; Tuan Vo-Dinh, Editor(s)

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