GC-MS: The Superior Forensic Tool

March 4, 2011

The Column

The Column, The Column-03-04-2011, Volume 7, Issue 4

In the wake of the recent dioxin poisoning scare in Europe that sparked import bans on some German farm products, GC-MS is emerging as the perfect analytical tool for forensic analysis.

In the wake of the recent dioxin poisoning scare in Europe that sparked import bans on some German farm products, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) is emerging as the perfect analytical tool for forensic analysis. In fact, its simplicity, sensitivity and effectiveness in separating and identifying components, has made GC–MS one of the most important tools in analytical chemistry today.

Where other analytical techniques fundamentally determine the quantitative issues arising from analysis of a specific sample - answering the question “how much is present?” - GC–MS is one of a very few techniques able to qualitatively identify the actual nature of chemicals in the sample. It answers the question “What molecules are present?”

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