Detection of TNT (Trinitrotoluene)

Detection of TNT (Trinitrotoluene)

Trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a common explosive used in both military and industrial settings. Its convenient handling properties and explosive strength make it a common choice in explosives.

TNT can be appear as yellow crystals or a solid block after melt-casting.

Several tests are available for detecting TNT residues. Each test gives results as a simple, easy-to-understand color change.

Testing for TNT using ChemSee’s Nitro-Pen

Detection of TNT using the Nitro-Pen |

The photo to the left shows detection of TNT using ChemSee’s Nitro-Pen. This test was performed by U.S. Military personnel.

Notice a dark purple color forms on the Nitro-Pen due to the presence of TNT.

Testing for TNT can be completed in less than three minutes using the Nitro-Pen.

Available Detection Kits for Trinitrotoluene (TNT)

ChemSee’s SprayView™ Explosive Detection Kit is a convenient way to test for the presence of explosive nitrates including TNT, Nitroglycerin, PETN, RDX, HMX and Ammonium Nitrate on any surface using three solutions contained in small spray bottles.

ChemSee offers portable detection kits for explosives and explosive precursors. All Kits contain multiple detectors for specific types of explosives. Additionally, individual detectors can be purchased to refill the Kit after use.

ChemSee’s Nitro-Screen Kit can be used to test 140 samples for the presence of explosive nitrates including TNT, Nitroglycerin, PETN, RDX, HMX and Ammonium Nitrate.

ChemSee’s In-Flight Explosives Detection Kit offers simple, colorimetric detection of explosives. This Kit does not require the use of hazardous solvents or vapors which are hazardous especially in the confined space of an airplane cabin.

Additional Notes

  • Trinitrotoluene has several trade names and may be listed as: 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, tnt, trinitrotoluene, C6H2(NO2)3CH3, Trilite, Tolite, Trinol, Trotyl, Tritolo, Tritolol, Triton, Tritone or Trotol.
  • All of ChemSee’s detectors and tests for TNT use color-based detection and give results instantly.
  • All detectors use well-known, proven chemistries for detecting Trinitrotoluene.
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