AppNote 225: Analysis of Forensic Samples by Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry


In this study, the GERSTEL PYRO was used for
the pyrolysis of various materials that are relevant
to forensic analysis applications, including paints,
adhesives, and cosmetics. A GERSTEL MultiPurpose
Sampler (MPS) was used in combination with
GERSTEL PYRO and GERSTEL Cooled Injection
System (CIS 4), enabling efficient automation of
the thermal extraction and pyrolysis of complex
forensic materials. Fractionated and smart-ramped
pyrolysis modes followed by gas chromatography
mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis were used to
determine important volatile additives and pyrolysates
(from polymers) present in a diverse set of samples.