Environmental Testing

What is the Acu-Swab-R®

The Acu-Swab-R® surface sampling kit, combined with the spectroscopy device attachment (side-car), are a highly-sensitive, patented chemical collection tool that enables trace-level detection and identification of chemical samples with handheld, military grade, in-the-field Raman and FTIR spectroscopy devices.

  • Small, self-contained, easy to use
  • Indefinite shelf life
  • Improves the sensitivity of handheld Raman and FTIR devices
  • Solvent resistant for analyte extraction and GC/MS or LC/MS analysis
  • Retains sample integrity for in-field and reach-back laboratory analysis

How does it work?

Unscrew the cap with the conveniently attached collection swab. Dab the tip on the surface. Re-screw the cap. Perform your analysis by inserting the vial into the side-car attachment that connects to the spectrometer.

Adapters for the are Acu-Swab-R® are available for the Thermo Scientific’s FirstDefender® RMX  through Acumen Detection, and for the Rigaku Frequency™ through Rigaku.


The Acu-Swab-R® surface sampling kits can be utilized by police, military, first responders and fire departments across several fields of study and investigation, including:

  • Biothreats
  • Forensic sampling
  • Industrial applications
    • Environmental sampling for chemical and industrial plants


How accurate are the results?

The proprietary substrate allows for clear detection with a high degree of accuracy not found in other samplers. Independently tested, the Acu-Swab-R® surface sampling kit has been proven to detect a variety of materials.

  • Chemical warfare agents (CWA)
    • VX nerve agent
    • Mustard gas
    • Soman
  • CWA precursors/degradation products
  • Drugs and narcotics, such as methamphetamine
  • Explosives
  • Toxic industrial chemicals and materials
  • Ability to extract for biological testing
  • Easy to use
  • Lowers FirstDefender RMX™ level of detection by nearly five orders of magnitude
  • Solvent-free field sampling and analysis of liquids and solids on surfaces
  • Does not require any modifications to your existing FirstDefender RMX™ sensor
  • Compatible with Thermo Scientific TruDefender™FT X (FTIR-based instruments)
  • Samples are safely sealed in a vial for easy transport to laboratories
  • Non-destructive detection technique
  • Allows additional analytical testing such as extraction or desorption (HPLC, GC, FTIR etc.)
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Acumen Detection’s Acu-Swab-R® surface sampling kit is available for sale to the general public. Please contact us for pricing and delivery details. These kits are export controlled and require appropriate approval for transfer to a foreign person/entity.




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