ECBC to implement new standards in handling agents

ECBC physical scientist Nancy Pusey develops standards for agent compounds. | Courtesy of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced Thursday it is developing new methodologies in preparing reference materials of chemical and biological agents.
The center specializes in the live handling of dangerous chemical and biological agents for defense research and provides concentrate stocks of certain agents for evaluation by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Chemical Agent Standard Analytical Reference Material (CASARM.)
The center is using an in-house method that could provide quicker analytical results for these standards that act as control supplies for chemical demilitarization and other related research. 
“I think this project is very innovative," Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction Division scientists Nancy Pusey said. "I don’t know of anyone other than ECBC’s CASARM Dilutes Analysis Laboratory that is using the two-column approach into a (mass selective detector)  for analytical work. Generating two sets of confirmatory data in the time of one analytical run cuts the total amount of analytical time in half. Running all of the samples through one column first, and then having to change out to a second column or use a second instrument entirely would be incredibly time consuming and extremely expensive.”