Chemical Weapons Identification

Fast, accurate results

Thermo Scientific chemical identification instruments deliver instant, actionable data for quick decision making in critical situations. Combining sophisticated technologies including Raman and FTIR, and an incredibly easy-to-use interface, our chemical identification products provide rapid, reliable field-based results quickly—in virtually any location.

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Raman and FTIR technologies – which is right for you?


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Research in collaboration with the University of Oregon: Evaluation of bioaerosol environmental sampling

Evaluation of a Bioaerosol Sampler for Indoor Environmental Surveillance of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2
Horve, P.F.; Dietz, L.; Northcutt, D.; Stenson, J.; Van Den Wymelenberg, K.G. Preprints 2021, 2021030609 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0609.v1).
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Exploring Integrated Environmental Viral Surveillance of Indoor Environments: A Comparison of Surface and Bioaerosol Environmental Sampling in Hospital Rooms with COVID-19 Patients
Leslie Dietz, David A. Constant,  Mark Fretz,  Patrick F. Horve, Andreas Olsen-Martinez, Jason Stenson, Andrew Wilkes,  Robert G. Martindale, William B. Messer,  Kevin G. Van Den Wymelenberg
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Longitudinal Analysis of Built Environment and Aerosol Contamination Associated with Isolated COVID-19 Positive
Patrick Horve, Leslie Dietz, Garis Bowles, Georgia MacCrone, Andreas Olsen-Martinez, Dale Northcutt, Vincent Moore, Liliana Bamatan, Hooman Parhizkar, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg
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Learn more about Raman and FTIR in our technology academies

FTIR Spectroscopy Academy
Here you can find everything FTIR, from the most basic (what do “FT” and “IR” mean?) to applications using hyphenated techniques.

Raman Spectroscopy Academy
Learn the fundamentals of Raman spectroscopy and how you can apply this technology to your research, analytical and QA/QC activities.

Chemical ID for Military
Perform rapid testing and identification of chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), and numerous other hazardous substances in the field.

Video spotlight: Chemical identification solutions

How do you stop the flow of narcotics funneling through Turkey’s busiest airport? This is now achievable with the portable, quick-response Thermo Scientific Gemini Handheld Analyzer. The Gemini Analyzer helps identify a broad range of narcotics, unknown chemicals and explosives in the field quickly, safely, and confidently using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy in a single instrument.

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HazMasterG3®: Chemical ID coupled with decision support

HazMasterG3®, from Alluviam LLC, is an advanced decision support tool that has been integrated into the handheld Gemini instrument. It is the only CBRNE / HME / IED support software to have earned a US Department of Homeland Security certification for approved antiterrorism technology. This decision support tool serves as a force multiplier for operators on the front lines of threat response, and provides key chemical insights to help interpret the analyzer’s results. 

 White paper: Technology and Training Critical in Evolving EOD Landscape

 White paper: Attack the Network with Gemini and HazMasterG3 

When You Need to Know if the Threat Is Real

Learn about the advanced technology, planning tools, and instruments available to first responders, firefighters, law enforcement, military, and government agencies to aid in the detection of radioactive materials and the identification of chemicals, narcotics, and explosive threats. Includes grant information. Read A Practical Guide to Safety and Security Threat Detection Technology.

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