Workshop on GC/IR for use in Forensic Drug Analysis

A workshop at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists, Sept. 26, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida, will help attendees learn about the usefulness of GC/IR as a complementary technique to resolve issues of specific identification in new or novel designer drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids, cathinone derivatives, N-BOMe drugs, and more.


Discussions led by presenters Lewis Smith and Randall Clark will include transmittance and reflectance techniques including ATR as well as solid vs vapor phase IR spectra. The availability of reference data and commercial search libraries will be given at the conclusion.

The SAFS 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 25-30, features a number of other workshops, including a multi-day workshop, "Advanced Clan Labs: Beyond the Basics"; single-day workshops on structural elucidation, drug chemistry, and biology/DNA; and half-day workshops on mass spec, DNA, hair analysis, trace detection, and more.

You can find more information here.

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