Forensic Trace Evidence Analysis

Forensic analytical chemistry is defined as analytical chemistry as it pertains to law. We recently taught a course that covered many facets of forensic science, such as drug analysis, toxicology, trace analysis, arson analysis, and DNA/serology. Representative case examples from each discipline were discussed in detail. Guest lecturers were used to cover topics such as methods in crime scene investigation, case studies involving trace evidence, and the role of the forensic pathologist. The material was presented to illustrate "real world" applications of analytical chemistry.Forensic chemistry is a timely subject that serves as a palette from which we can stimulate the interests and abilities of our students. With the backdrop of forensic decision-making, the real world relevance of chemical measurements is obvious to students.

                                                                                                                  

Forensic analytical techniques play a major role in solving many criminal cases. DNA analysis, Finger printing, voice recognition, hand writing analysis, ballistics, autopsy etc are forensic methods to detect a reason for crime or death. Most important areas of physical, life and materials science are used in forensic analytical techniques. Techniques such as chromatography will be used as forensic analytical technique, where some hidden metals and chemicals are traced. 

  • Chemometrics in analytical science
  • Neurotransmitters on blood statin pattern analysis
  • Human scent evidance collection (VOCs)
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for forensic application
  • Polymers on the criminal science (Mute witness)

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