Reliable, rapid and simple voltammetric detection of urea nitrate explosive

Avi Cagan, Donglai Lu, Karel Cizek, Jeffrey LaBelle, Joseph Wang

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A highly selective and rapid electrochemical assay of the improvised explosive urea nitrate (UN) is reported. The method involves a short (∼10 s) acid-catalyzed reaction of UN with 4-nitrotoluene (NT) followed by a rapid (∼2 s) square-wave voltammetric (SWV) detection of the 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) product. The new protocol offers great promise for a reliable field detection of UN, with significant advantages of speed, sensitivity, portability, simplicity, and cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-587
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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