What Do Forensics and Real Estate Have in Common?  Location, Location, Location

Posted by Paul Johnson on November 28, 2016

Being an Austin based company, we’re all too familiar with how location impacts real estate value (and property tax). The rash of designer drug overdoses over the past year have highlighted the value of knowing the location of chemical bonds in isomeric compounds. Forensic scientists have shared their frustration in trying to positively identify variants of synthetic cannabinoids, amphetamines, and cathinones (aka bath salts). Characterization of these compounds by GC-MS can be problematic because of the difficulty in forming useful molecular ions and generating mass spectra that can differentiate between structural isomers.

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