Jamie Barras

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The explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) C(CH(2)-O-NO(2))(4) has been studied by (1)H NMR and (14)N NQR. The (14)N NQR frequency and spin-lattice relaxation time T(1Q) for the nu(+) line have been measured at temperatures from 255 to 325K. The (1)H NMR spin-lattice relaxation time T(1) has been measured at frequencies from 1.8kHz to 40MHz and at(More)
We report the detection and analysis of a suspected counterfeit sample of the antimalarial medicine Metakelfin through developing nitrogen-14 nuclear quadrupole resonance ((14)N NQR) spectroscopy at a quantitative level. The sensitivity of quadrupolar parameters to the solid-state chemical environment of the molecule enables development of a technique(More)
Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) is a method of detection and unique characterization of compounds containing quadrupolar nuclei, commonly found in many forms of explosives, narcotics, and medicines. Typically, multi-pulse sequences are used to acquire the NQR signal, allowing the resulting signal to be well modeled as a sum of exponentially damped(More)
Pulsed (35)Cl nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) experiments have been performed on 250-mg tablets of the antidiabetic medicine Diabinese to establish the conditions needed for noninvasive quantitative analysis of the medicine in standard bottles. One important condition is the generation of a uniform radio-frequency (RF) field over the sample, which has(More)
In this paper, we report on the identification of batches of analgesic paracetamol (acetaminophen) tablets using nitrogen-14 nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy ((14)N NQR). The high sensitivity of NQR to the electron charge distribution surrounding the quadrupolar nucleus enables the unique characterization of the crystal structure of the material.(More)
Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) signal detection is a promising explosives detection technology with applications to humanitarian demining. NQR works in the radiofrequency range, and one challenge to using it in such an application is coping with radiofrequency interference. We herein present an algorithm that cancels strong and complex radiofrequency(More)
In NQR detection applications signal averaging by the summation of rapidly regenerated signals from multiple pulse sequences of the pulsed spin-locking (PSL) type is often used to improve sensitivity. It is important to characterise and if possible minimise PSL sequence off-resonance effects since they can make it difficult to optimise detection(More)
The production and sale of counterfeit and substandard pharmaceutical products, such as essential medicines, is an important global public health problem. We describe a chemometric passport-based approach to improve the security of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Our method is based on applying nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectroscopy to(More)