Fluid matrix authentic substance scent source

The FMED invention (FlüssigMatrix – EchtstoffDuftquelle) describes a preparation of
moderately volatile organic explosives (e.g. TATP) in a fluid matrix. This solvent is
chemically inert and olefactorically neutral. In particular peroxide explosives with high
sensitivity to friction, impact and
electrostatic discharge can be handled
safely this way. The explosive material can
evaporate from the matrix. Therefore, the
preparation is a safe scent source of
authentic substance.
Commercial Opportunities
Authentic substance testing agents
available on the market for this class of
substance so far are bonded to solid
support materials and only have a low
capacity. As a liquid testing agent, an FMED
can be dosed and applied as required. The
high capacity also allows scent traces to be
provided over a longer period and large
amounts of explosive material to be
Safe real substance testing agents are
essential for training sniffer dogs. An easily
handled and reliable alternative to existing testing agents has good sales prospects
here. Moreover, discussions on safety in the public arena have motivated numerous
sensor developers who also need safe testing agents that are stable in storage for the
validation of testing equipment.
The FMED invention is directed towards companies that have specialized in the
development of test specimens or sensors for explosives.

Current Status
A patent application was filed at the German Patent and Trade Marks Office in June
2009. The invention has already been successfully tested with TATP and HMTD.
Current research is working on expanding the range of applications.
………. is offering licences for the invention to interested companies on behalf of
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