Identification of ascorbic acid and its degradation products in black powder substitutes.

@article{Goodpaster2004IdentificationOA,
  title={Identification of ascorbic acid and its degradation products in black powder substitutes.},
  author={John V. Goodpaster and Raymond O Keto},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={49 3},
  pages={523-8}
}
Low explosives such as smokeless powder, black powder, and black powder substitutes have been used in illicit pipe bombings throughout the United States. Some of the newer black powder substitutes are formulated with ascorbic acid, which gradually decomposes as the powder ages, making it difficult if not impossible for the forensic chemist to identify it by traditional bulk techniques. A sensitive method for the identification of residual levels of ascorbic acid in black powder substitutes is… CONTINUE READING