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Drug & Explosive Detection (PSPME-IMS) Workshop Registration Extended

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), is offering a Technology Transition Workshop on Field Detection of Drug and Explosive Odor Signatures Using Planar Solid Phase Microextraction Ion Mobility Spectrometry (“PSPME-IMS”).  

This free two-and-a-half-day workshop will be held at NFSTC in Largo, Florida, September 19-21, 2011. The instructors for this workshop will be Dr. José Almirall from Florida International University and Dr. Patricia Guerra-Diaz from Field Forensics, Inc.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide law enforcement professionals with an introduction to planar solid phase microextraction ion mobility spectrometry (PSPME-IMS) as a sampling and detection strategy for illicit drugs and explosives. Topics covered will include:

  • applications of the PSPME-IMS technology, as well as sampling and detection protocols
  • an overview of the PSPME sampling and pre-concentration device, including its maintenance
  • use of ion mobility and differential ion mobility spectrometers (benchtop explosives trace detectors (ETD), coupled with the PSPME device to allow for detection and presumptive identification of threat agents relevant to first responders
  • basic hands-on instruction on IMS analysis and use of instrument software
  • hands-on detection, analysis and interpretation of drug and explosive odor signatures
  • sampling of a vehicle for suspected contraband
  • future directions of PSPME-IMS technology

For more information, please refer to the workshop curriculum.


To Apply

This workshop is open to law enforcement professionals actively involved in screening containers, luggage and/or packages for drug and/or explosives residues affiliated with a government-funded criminal justice facility.

Register online: http://www.nfstc.org/meetings/
Invitation Code (case sensitive): spmeims
NEWApplication deadline: Saturday, July 11, 2011

Applicants will be notified regarding selection status by Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering online, contact Jennie Travers at Jennie.Travers@nfstc.org.

This workshop is offered by NFSTC, and there is no cost to local and state participants or their agencies for workshop-related expenses. Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations are included, and participants will be reimbursed at the standard government per diem for the duration of the workshop. Federal agencies wishing to send a participant will be responsible for covering workshop-related expenses, or will need to provide justification for consideration of remuneration for workshop-related expenses.

NOTE: Portions of this workshop will be recorded and made available to the forensic science community. All attendees will be required to provide their permission to have their image and voice included in this recording.

Technology Transition Workshops are a project of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, operated by the National Forensic Science Technology Center and are funded through NIJ cooperative agreement #2010-DN-BX-K210.