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Development and validation of a method for separation of pregabalin and gabapentin capsules using Near Infrared hyperspectral imaging
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Seizures containing large numbers of units of narcotics, goods dangerous to health and doping are often sent to the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). Only a fraction of these capsules or tablets can be analyzed, therefore the samples need to represent the whole seizure. If the samples show content variations, Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy in combination with hyperspectral imaging has been shown to be a promising tool to gauge the homogeneity in the seizures based on chemical content. The objective of this thesis was to further develop and then validate a method for the separation of pregabalin and gabapentin capsules using NIR hyperspectral imaging and Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Capsules containing different amounts of pregabalin and gabapentin were prepared and analyzed. Additionally, authentic seizures were analyzed to confirm that the method fulfilled its purpose.

The result of this study showed that use of hyperspectral data in the wavelength range 1650-1750 nm gave the best differentiation between pregabalin and gabapentin capsules. Capsules containing the ratio 70-30 % gabapentin and pregabalin could be separated distinctively from capsules containing pure gabapentin. Multiple authentic seizures could be separated into groups correctly depending on the capsules or tablets content.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
NIR, hyperspectral imaging, PCA, homogeneity, chemometrics, pregabalin, gabapentin
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Analytical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161108ISRN: LITH-IFM-G-EX--19/3684--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161108DiVA, id: diva2:1369003
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Nationellt forensiskt centrum
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Chemical Analysis Engineering
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Available from: 2019-11-11 Created: 2019-11-10 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved

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