Choking chemical agents are the oldest warfare agents. This type of agents was used for the first time in Peloponnese war in 428 and 424 B.C. The English scientist J.H Davy discovered already in 1812 phosgene, when exposing a mixture of carbon oxide and chlorine to the sunlight.
Since my last blog text, the Game of Corona has certainly become more serious and complex in terms of countries and people affected and the consequences for societies and businesses.
International Women’s Day 2020 theme for 2020 – a gender equal world #EachforEqual – aims to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. That took me back to the time I joined Environics.
Environics got together with their distributors in the US to discuss business and share experiences. This time, focus on discussion was solely on first responders and their needs. Especially, the Clean Cab concept for First Responders.
The production of hydrogen cyanide (hydrocyanic acid) out of the sulfuric acid and Berlin-blue was discovered by Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1782. French chemist and physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac prepared pure liquefied hydrogen cyanide in 1811.
Nature is a genius in surprising us with new varieties of life – the latest news on novel a type of coronavirus 2019-nCoV has again proved this right. Epidemics and pandemics bring mysterious, silent and invisible bio threats to the center of people’s everyday life, causing panic, insecurity and fatalities.
Chlorine was discovered in 1774 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele, a German / Swedish pharmaceutical chemist. He also discovered nitrogen, oxygen, barium, manganese, and wolfram, not forgetting organic acids like hydrofluoric, hydrocyanic, and arsenic acids.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause different types of illness, ranging from common flu to severe diseases. We still remember SARS (2002-2004) and MERS outbreaks (2012). Now rising novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Throughout 2020 I will share with you a compilation of information, a self-tailored Chemical Agent Database, I use as knowledge basis when conducting CBRN trainings myself.
Chemical detection requires three distinct components: proper techniques, suitable equipment, knowledge and experience to use and apply both tools and techniques.