For Forensic Narcotics Analysis, Bruker has created an end-to-end Benchtop FT-NMR solution

For Forensic Narcotics Analysis, Bruker has created an end-to-end Benchtop FT-NMR solution ...

Bruker has announced the development of a differentiated benchtop FT-NMR platform for forensic narcotics testing, formerly the Fourier 80 CrimeLab, which has a nuclear magnetic resonance NMR profile module. This unique forensics platform offers the flexibility of information-rich FT-NMR in a straightforward to use, automated process with detailed reports on types and quantities of substances in seized drug samples.

The Fourier 80 benchtop Fourier transform (FT) NMR technology has been developed to provide additional capabilities to a wide spectrum of laboratories. The new NMR Narcotics Profiling platform has provided a wide range of non-NMR experts with advanced analysis, including automated interpretation and report generation. It has also been customized to the requirements of the forensics field, with data and reports that are acceptable in legal proceedings.

NMR Narcotics Profilers have significant potential in small to medium-sized forensic laboratories, according to the BLKA.

The Fourier 80 CrimeLab and NMR Narcotics Profileing app is customizable, allowing law enforcement agencies to have control of reference libraries to which NMR spectra can be compared, without having to purchase other databases. This includes the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Drug Enforcement Administration (NICE), and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Germany.

Bruker is a leading provider of police, customs, government, and border control offices across over 40 countries. NMR is widely used in forensics research and applications, including narcotics, doping agents, and food adulteration analyses, as well as explosives, specialty chemicals, polymers, and solid waste. NMR is widely recognized to be one of the most effective methods for comprehensive structural classification of chemical substances. Even New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) can often be identified and quantified.

Bruker BioSpin''s Industrial Applications Business Unit, commented, A key objective of analyzing suspect substances is to provide legally acceptable evidence that a drugs chemical make up. Finally, as NPS are a persistent concern, NMR is uniquely capable to detect, identify, and quantify unknown substances, and the open database infrastructure means that this information can be easily shared between laboratories and authorities.

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