An automated approach to the collection of H-1 NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectra using a benchtop NAIR spectrometer and the subsequent analysis, processing, and elucidation of components present in seized drug samples are reported. An algorithm is developed to compare spectral data to a reference library of over 300 H-1 NMR spectra, ranking matches by a correlation-based score. A threshold for identification was set at 0.838, below which identification of the component present was deemed unreliable. Using this system, 432 samples were surveyed and validated against contemporaneously acquired GC-MS (gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) data. Following removal of samples which possessed no peaks in the GC-MS trace or in both the NMR spectrum and GC-MS trace, the remaining 416 samples matched in 93% of cases. Thirteen of these samples were binary mixtures. A partial match (one component not identified) was obtained for 6% of samples surveyed whilst only 1% of samples did not match at all.
|Number of pages||10|
|Early online date||19 Apr 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2019|
- SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS
- HERBAL MIXTURES
- LEGAL HIGHS