The PREVAIL project is an innovative approach to inhibit the use of some common materials for use as precursors to explosives and to allow for easier detection.

The PREVAIL project ended October 2013. For more information of the project results or for information about other projects within the same area, send an email to



Home made explosives are easy to make from readily available materials used for legitimate purposes in everyday life. This availability attracts terrorists and criminals to manufacture and use home made explosives since military and commercial explosives are harder to come by. The availability of these chemicals for legitimate purposes despite their use as explosives and explosives precursors poses a great security problem to society today.







FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Department of Energetic Materials
Grindsjön Research Centre
SE-147 25 Tumba




Dr. Malin Kölhed

PREVAIL has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 241858.