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The latest developments in quantifying cyanide and hydrogen cyanide

Randviir, EP and Banks, CE (2014) The latest developments in quantifying cyanide and hydrogen cyanide. TRAC-TRENDS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 64. ISSN 0165-9936

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Abstract

Cyanides are highly poisonous in small quantities, yet are used in a variety of applications on a daily basis amounting to a global annual usage of around 1.1 million tonnes. With the usage of cyanides not decelerating, it is imperative for analytical chemists to devise methods of detection to ensure safe usage and working conditions, as well as methods to determine concentrations in blood for patients who may have been over-exposed to cyanides or in breath for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers who contract HCN-producing bacterial infections. This review introduces the synthesis and occurrence of cyanides before disseminating several examples of recent analytical protocols tailored towards the detection of cyanides within a range of media.

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