The Qualitative Analysis of the Selected Explosives using Thin-Layer Chromatography


  • Tereza Lutonská NBC Defence Institute, University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Z. Kobliha NBC Defence Institute, University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Z. Skaličan NBC Defence Institute, University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic


TLC, Explosive, TNT, RDX, HMX, Tetryl


A simple, economical and relatively quick method of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) has been applied to analyse four frequently used explosives, TNT, RDX, HMX and Tetryl that are a common part of significant military, industrial and improvised explosives. Silicon dioxide is proven to separate individual explosives at a stationary phase. Out of 38 tested, three types of two-component mobile phases consisting of petroleum ether and acetone in the ratio of 2:1 or 7:3 of a volume and hexane and acetone in the ratio of 2:1 of a volume are recommended. To detect explosives, the UV radiation with the wavelength of 254 nm is proposed.


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Lutonská, T., Kobliha, Z., & Skaličan, Z. (2015). The Qualitative Analysis of the Selected Explosives using Thin-Layer Chromatography. Advances in Military Technology, 10(1), 111–117. Retrieved from



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