Determination of Metals Contamination in Illicit Ecstasy Drug Samples Using ICP-OES and XRF

Bora T., Aydin H., Atac Y., Sen N., Aksoy C.

ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, vol.35, no.4, pp.139-146, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.46770/as.2014.04.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.139-146
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The analysis of 248 illegal "ecstasy" tablets was performed by determining 11 elements (Zn, Al, Ca, Mg, K, Na, Ba, Fe, B, Cu, and Pt). The sample solutions were prepared with nitric acid, heated in a microwave oven, and analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). However, the measurement of Pt residuals from PtO2 (which is frequently used as the catalyst during the synthesis stage of the active substance) was performed by X-ray fluoresence (XRF) analysis.