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Free Drug and Explosive Detection Workshop Available Online

Presentations and videos from last month’s Field Detection of Drugs and Explosive Odor Signatures Using Planar Solid Phase Microextraction Ion Mobility Spectrometry (PSPME-IMS) Technology Transition Workshop are now available online free at http://projects.nfstc.org/tech_transition/pspme-ims/index.htm.

The three-day PSPME-IMS workshop provided law enforcement professionals with an introduction to PSPME-IMS as a sampling and detection strategy for illicit drugs and explosives. Topics covered included:

  • 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
Testing the PSPME collection device developed at Florida International University. The material provides for a new method of targeting volatiles associated with the presence of drugs and explosives using the existing infrastructure of explosives detectors.

For more information on the PSPME-IMS workshop, visit the project page at http://projects.nfstc.org/tech_transition/pspme-ims/index.htm. For more information on NFSTC’s technology evaluation and transition services, visit the Forensic Technology page at http://www.nfstc.org/forensic-technology/.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored this event under a cooperative agreement to help facilitate the transition of novel technologies into practice by operational forensic facilities.