Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Physics Colloquium - Dr. Michael Sigman, UCF, Fri., Sept. 6, 4:30, PSB 161

Tracking the Terrorists: Forensic Analysis of Explosives
Michael Sigman
Professor, Chemistry
Director, National Center for Forensic Science

Forensic analysis of post blast debris is complicated by the destructive nature of explosives.  The isomeric composition and presence of synthetic by-products can be important keys in identifying the possible origin of the material. Industrial and military explosives are often easier to identify than homemade explosives, and the homemade peroxide explosives are more difficult to study since they are not commercially available. This presentation will focus on research at the National Center for Forensic Science in the analysis of commercial explosives and peroxide explosives triacetone triperoxide (TATP), methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine.  These peroxide explosive are popular with terrorists. 

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