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Chemist devises on-the-spot test for dangerous ‘bath salts’ and ‘plant food’

9 August 2016

A UTS PhD candidate has designed a simple colour test that can provide a result in five to 10 minutes

A UTS PhD candidate has designed a simple colour test that can provide a result in five to 10 minutes.

You don’t need to have watched too many episodes of the US television series Breaking Bad to know that rogue chemists play a critical role in the global trade of illicit and dangerous drugs.

Countless new formulations are devised each year as criminal syndicates try to stay a step ahead of contemporary law enforcement and drug-testing procedures.

UTS PhD candidate Morgan Philp is a chemist on the other side of the ledger – her work lies in creating ways to detect problematic substances at the earliest opportunity.

Read the full story in the Newsroom.