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Identifying Seized Drugs using Mass Spectrometry Library Searching

Event Dates
August 7, 2018, 1:00 pm EDT - August 7, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT
Event Duration
1 hour
Location
Online

The rapid spread of designer drugs has introduced significant identification challenges to the forensic science community. This webinar discusses how Mass Spectrometry and the “Hybrid Search” can be used to get a head start on identifying novel opioids.

Mass spectral library searching is an important tool in seized drug identification. It allows an analyst to identify a drug by comparing the experimental spectrum to a reference set of spectra for known compounds. The primary limitation of conventional library search algorithms is the requirement that the mass spectral database contain a representative spectrum of the query compound. This limitation is particularly restrictive when novel molecules are synthesized more rapidly than they can be added to mass spectral libraries.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this course or difficulty with login or registration, contact the Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence.


Presenter(s):
Arun Moorthy|W. Gary Mallard

Event Type
Webinar
Host(s)
NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (RTI International)
Registration Dates
July 3, 2018 - August 7, 2018
Registration Status
Open
Date Created: July 3, 2018