Anion detection method to help police fight crime

Researchers in Spain have developed a fast, non-hazardous method of identifying the anions present in improvised incendiary devices (a type of petrol bomb). This information will be important to police officers, as knowing the components of the original device could potentially help lead to the suspects involved.

Carmen García-Ruiz of the University of Alcalá, Madrid, and her co-workers studied a particular type of device – so-called chemical ignition Molotov cocktails (CIMCs), which consist of a flammable liquid (typically petrol) along with sulfuric acid and potassium chlorate in a glass bottle. Rather than needing to be lit by the thrower, the exothermic reaction of these ingredients on contact sets the mixture alight.

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Anionic markers for the forensic identification of chemical ignition Molotov cocktails composition

AUTHORS: Carlos Martín-Alberca, José Luis Ferrando and Carmen García-Ruiz

Tittle: Anionic markers for the forensic identification of chemical ignition Molotov cocktails composition

REF. Journal / Book: Submitted to Science and Justice

Date: 2012

Qualitative Determination Of Inorganic Anions In Incendiary Device Residues By Capillary Electrophoresis

AUTHORS: Carlos Martín-Alberca, Jorge Sáiz, José Luis Ferrando and Carmen García-Ruiz

Tittle: Qualitative Determination Of Inorganic Anions In Incendiary Device Residues By Capillary Electrophoresis

REF. Journal / Book: Analytical methods, 4 (9), 2680 – 2686

Date: 2012