Top 10 Forensic Compounds/Topics of 2016 – Coming Soon – QuEChERS Technique for Handling Post-Mortem Matrices

In 2003, the QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) method was developed as a way to improve conventional sample preparation for multi-residue pesticide analysis in a variety of difficult matrices. While the methodology was initially invented for the food testing industry, it has recently caught the attention of several other types of analytical laboratories including the post-mortem drug testing communities. The QuEChERS technique provides bench analysts with the answer to extracting a large number of analytes from problematic matrices such as, tissue, liver or decomposed blood samples that are often difficult to manipulate for solid-phase extraction. UCT’s variety of salt blends come pre-packed in several different formats allowing for increased sample throughput. Coming soon are various applications using this approach for post-mortem matricies.

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