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An Arson Investigation by using Comprehensive Two-dimensional Gas Chromatography- Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry

Taylor CM1, Rosenhan AK2, Raines JM3 and Rodriguez JM3,4*

1SHIMADZU, 7102 River wood Dr., MD 21046, USA

2Oktibbeha County Fire Services, Drawer KJ, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA

3Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory, PO Box CR, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA

4Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Rodriguez JM
Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory
PO Box CR, Mississippi State MS 39762, USA
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Received date: September 22, 2012; Accepted date: October 20, 2012; Published date: October 22, 2012

Citation: Taylor CM, Rosenhan AK, Raines JM, Rodriguez JM (2012) An Arson Investigation by using Comprehensive Two-dimensional Gas Chromatography- Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry. J Forensic Res 3:169. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000169

Copyright: © 2012 Taylor CM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The aim of this investigation is to develop a new tool for the investigation of hydrocarbon accelerants. The chemical analysis of fire debris in an arson investigation has gone through several developmental stages. The nature of the analysis has been divided into three essential components due to the complexity of the samples. The first has been the extraction of the accelerants from the debris. The second has been the development of instrumental techniques for the analysis of extracted samples. The interpretation of the results is the final stage. In our investigation, we have used comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry (GCXGC-qMS). GCXGC-qMS is well suited for the analysis of complex hydrocarbon accelerants. We applied the resolution and separation powers of the GCXGC with the high precision mass scanning capabilities of a quadrupole mass spectrometer to investigate these complex samples. Total and selective ion scans were performed on samples obtained from an arson investigation. By using this process, we were able to conclusively determine the presence of hydrocarbon accelerants in fire debris.


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