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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. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


David N Donaldson, Neil W Barnett, Kent M Agg, Duncan Graham, Claire E Lenehan, Chad Prior, Kieran F Lim, Paul S Francis. Chemiluminescence detection of 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane (RDX) and related nitramine explosives. Talanta. 2012 Jan 15;88:743-8

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