A New Method for Determining Permethrin Level on Military Uniform Fabrics

Report No. ARL-TN-0833
Authors: Judith B Sennett; Rose A Pesce-Rodriguez; Lauren B Blaudeau
Date/Pages: June 2017; 16 pages
Abstract: As part of an ongoing investigation into the effect of plasma treatment on permethrin adhesion to Army Combat Uniform fabric, a new desorption-gas chromatography–mass spectrometry based screening tool for permethrin content in military fabrics was developed. The method allows for the direct analysis of fibers without the use of solvent extraction, making the method both quicker and greener as compared with the current standard method of analysis. While the method was demonstrated for permethrin only, it is expected to be applicable to other treatments as well.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2017