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Spectroscopic Test for Killer Chemical

Patricia Daukantas

Now, a Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind., U.S.A.) team has figured out a way to detect trace levels of a harmful contaminant with devices that many law enforcement laboratories already own.

 

Scatterings imagePurdue graduate student Alona A. Chernyshova works on her lab’s near-infrared spectrometer.

In the past two years, pet foods and milk products contaminated with the organic chemical melamine have harmed children in China and domestic animals in multiple countries. Now, a Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind., U.S.A.) team has figured out a way to detect traces of melamine powder with devices that many law enforcement laboratories already own.

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Publish Date: 01 July 2009


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