Patricia I. Guerra

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Current ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) devices are used to detect drugs and explosives in the form of particles and, in cases where the vapor pressure of the drugs or explosives is sufficiently high, the gas can be sampled and detected directly. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the use of solid phase microextraction (SPME) as a preconcentration(More)
Purpose. Determine the effect of PEGylation on in-vitro degradation for recombinant human Megakaryocyte Growth and Development Factor (rHuMGDF) in the neutral pH range. Methods. Degradation products were characterized by cation-exchange HPLC, N-terminal sequencing and mass spectrometry. Results. The main route of degradation was through non-enzymatic(More)
The detection of hidden explosives through their odors is of great importance to law enforcement agencies and trained canines have traditionally been used for this purpose. This paper reports the extraction of odor signature compounds characteristic of smokeless powders, followed by their detection by ion mobility spectrometers (IMS). Such a method enables(More)
Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is routinely used in screening checkpoints for the detection of explosives and illicit drugs but it mainly relies on the capture of particles on a swab surface for the detection. Solid phase microextraction (SPME) has been coupled to IMS for the preconcentration of explosives and their volatile chemical markers and, although(More)
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