Purdue University Graduate School
Browse
Prunty.Sarah.MSFS.Thesis.pdf (1.79 MB)

PAPER SPRAY-MASS SPECTROMETRY COUPLED WITH PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE-BASED COLLECTION FOR THE RECOVERY AND DETECTION OF DRUGS OF ABUSE

Download (1.79 MB)
thesis
posted on 2023-08-30, 20:16 authored by Sarah PruntySarah Prunty

 Illicit drug abuse is a widespread issue in the United States and worldwide. Many methods  seek to ease the analytical workload required to collect, analyze, and identify these drugs. Paper  spray-mass spectrometry (PS-MS) is one response to this analytical workload as it offers a rapid,  affordable, and simple means for drug identification by mass spectrometry. This work centers on  the use of pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) lined paper as a PS-MS substrate for drug recovery  and detection. The use of PSA paper as a sampling and analysis substrate has been previously  established but is expanded herein with new capabilities and applications. Chapter 2 introduces  the combination of color tests followed by PS-MS for presumptive and confirmatory drug  identification. Three color tests (cobalt thiocyanate, Simon, or Marquis) were performed on the  PSA paper with subsequent drug confirmation occurring by PS-MS. Chapter 3 examines the use  of PSA paper and PS-MS for the recovery and detection of fentanyl, fentanyl precursors, and  analogs from shipping-related surfaces and in the presence of high amounts of cutting agents. The  use of a cartridge that accommodates a full-sized PSA paper ticket was also explored for drug  detection. Chapter 4 assesses PS-MS with PSA paper on portable MS instrumentation. Analyte  recovery and carryover as well as instrument robustness were evaluated. The color test and PS-MS protocol examined in Chapter 2 was also successfully applied to a portable MS instrument.  Application of PS-MS to the portable system highlights the potential fieldability of the technique. 

History

Degree Type

  • Master of Science

Department

  • Forensic and Investigative Sciences

Campus location

  • Indianapolis

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Nicholas Manicke

Additional Committee Member 2

John Goodpaster

Additional Committee Member 3

Josiah McKenna