A rapid quantitative colourimetric test was developed for the determination of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) in soil. Quantification was achieved using an innovative application of photography where the relationship between the Red Green Blue (RGB) value and concentration of colorimetric product was exploited. The wide linear range (1-50. mg/L) and low detection limit (0.73 ± 0.01. mg/L to 3.5 ± 0.4. mg/L) achieved was comparable with spectrophotometric quantification methods. Quantification was validated both with known concentration standards and spiked soil extracts confirming the accuracy of the technique. The results demonstrate a powerful technique with the capacity for development as a rapid on site field test for the analysis of explosives.
- Digital images
- RGB colour system
- Nessler's test
Choodum, A., Kanatharana, P., Wongniramaikul, W., & NicDaeid, N. (2012). Rapid quantitative colourimetric tests for trinitrotoluene (TNT) in soil. Forensic Science International, 222(1-3), 340-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.07.014