Supercritical fluid chromatography in forensic science: a critical appraisal

Y. McAvoy, B. Backstrom, K. Janhunen, A. Stewart, M.D. Cole

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The application of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) in forensic science is reviewed. The applications centre on the analysis of explosives and of drugs of abuse. The systems employed are discussed in the context of comparison with gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography methods which are traditionally used for such analyses. The advantages and disadvantages of SFC over these methods are discussed. Recommendations are made for the developments which are required in SFC technology if it is to find greater application in forensic science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-122
Number of pages15
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 1999


  • supercritical fluid chromatography
  • explosives
  • nitroaromatics
  • nitrate esters
  • nitramines
  • drugs
  • amphetamines
  • barbiturates
  • benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • LSD
  • heroin
  • review


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