This report summarizes the development and implementation of a novel sampling device (capillary microextraction of volatiles [CMV]) invented in the Almirall research group at Florida International University for ILR extraction as an alternative to current techniques. The versatility of the CMV device has the potential for field sampling applications when coupled with portable analytical systems, and it has been successful in the following studies: sampling volatile compounds generated by explosives, detecting marijuana plants, detecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from amphetamines, analyzing breath samples, sampling organic gunshot residue (OGSR) VOCs, and sampling BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and the three xylene isomers) compounds in environmental studies. This report is intended for forensic practitioners who want to better understand newly developed technologies and their use and application to forensic casework.
- FTCoE Technical Note, February 2022: Development of an Extraction Technique for Ignitable Liquid Residues (ILR) in the Field using Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles (CMV) and Person-Portable GC-MS
- Forensic Chemistry Article, September 2021: Evaluation of Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles (CMV) Coupled to a Person-Portable Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GC–MS) for the Analysis of Gasoline Residues
- Forensic Chemistry Article, June 2020: Comparison of Portable and Benchtop GC-MS Coupled to Capillary Microextration of Volatiles for the Extraction and Analysis of Ignitable Liquid Residues
- FTCoE Technical Note, April 2020: Modifications to Capillary Microextraction in Volatiles for the Extraction of Ignitable Liquid Residues
- FTCoE Webinar, February 2019: Fire Debris Analysis is Not Black Magic!
- FTCoE Success Story, February 2018: NIJ and Jensen Hughes: Advancing the Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquid Fuel Fires
- FTCoE Technical Note, July 2017: Detection of Organic Gunshot Residue Using Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles with Cyrofocusing
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.