A magnetically recoverable nanocatalyst based on functionalized mesoporous silica

Bhanja, P, Sen, T orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0463-7485 and Bhaumik, A (2016) A magnetically recoverable nanocatalyst based on functionalized mesoporous silica. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 415 . pp. 17-26. ISSN 1381-1169

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2016.01.020


Nylon bags are used for packaging fire debris in several countries, particularly in Europe. The possibility of cross-contamination during transport from the fire scene to the laboratory, in normal casework conditions in the UK, was studied for two brands of nylon bags, using simulated heavy loaded fire debris. Three experiments were carried out with each brand, using as sample a piece of cotton fabric soaked with gasoline. One experiment was carried out using automotive paint thinner (oxygenated solvent). Each sample was sealed in a nylon bag and stored in contact with eight empty bags. The empty bags were analysed at regular intervals for a period of time up to eight weeks, using SPME and GC/MS. Cross-contamination was found for components of gasoline (toluene and C2-alkylbenzenes) in the two brands of nylon bags used, after 4 days and 2 weeks. Cross-contamination using automotive topcoat thinner was detected after 2 days.

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