Chemiluminescence detection of opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) alkaloids Academic Article uri icon


  • A review with 98 references. The determination of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) alkaloids and their semi-synthetic derivatives has important applications in industrial process monitoring, clinical analysis and forensic science. Liquid-phase chemiluminescence reagents such as tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II) and acidic potassium permanganate exhibit remarkable sensitivity and complementary selectivity for many P. somniferum alkaloids, which has been exploited in the development of a range of analytical procedures using flow analysis, high-performance liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and microfluidic instrumentation.


  • Francis, Paul S
  • Adcock, Jacqui L
  • Costin, Jason W
  • Purcell, Stuart D
  • Pfeffer, Frederick M
  • Barnett, Neil W

publication date

  • November 2008