Chemiluminescence detection of 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane (RDX) and related nitramine explosives

David Donaldson, Neil Barnett, Kent Agg, Duncan Graham, Claire Lenehan, Chad Prior, Kieran Lim, Paul Francis

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    A simple controlled chemical reduction of 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazacyclohexane (RDX) and related nitramine compounds with zinc amalgam generates species that elicit intense chemiluminescence with tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(III), which extends this widely utilised chemiluminescence reagent to a new class of analyte and presents a sound chemical basis for a screening test for nitramine high explosives. Examination of the chemiluminescence profiles under stopped-flow conditions revealed contributions from multiple transient species formed in the initial reduction step.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)743-748
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2012


    • Chemiluminescence detection
    • Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine
    • Flow injection analysis
    • Nitramine explosive
    • Ruthenium complexes


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