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3rd Edition

Forensic Chemistry

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ISBN 9781138339842
April 20, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
528 Pages 449 Color & 188 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Forensic Chemistry, Third Edition introduces students to the principal areas of the field from the perspective of analytical chemistry. The book provides a working foundational knowledge base for basic chemistry, introducing chemical concepts and practices from a forensic perspective (including multivariate statistics, quality assurance/quality control, and protocols used in working forensic laboratories). The book distinguishes forensic chemistry from other types of analytical chemistry by the legal context in which the work is done, the types of samples and matrices, the variety of sample types encountered, and the extensive use of instrumentation. Topics covered in the various chapters offer students insight into the legal context in which forensic chemistry is conducted, introducing students to the variety of types of samples and matrices, and extensive use of instrumentation they will likely encounter in the lab and future professions.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Metrology and Forensic Chemistry

Chapter 1. Making Good Measurements

Chapter 2. Assuring Good Measurements

PART 2: Chemical Foundations Chapter 3. Chemical Fundamentals: Partitioning, Equilibria, and Acid/Base Chemistry

Chapter 4. Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

Chapter 5. Spectroscopy

PART 3: Drugs and PoisonsChapter 6. Overview of Drug Analysis

Chapter 7. Novel Psychoactive Substances

Chapter 8. Fundamentals of Toxicology

Chapter 9. Applications of Forensic Toxicology

PART 4: Combustion Evidence Chapter 10. The Chemistry of Combustion and Arson

Chapter 11. Fire Debris Analysis

Chapter 12. Explosives

Chapter 13. Firearms and Firearms Discharge Residue

Chapter 14 Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis

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Dr. Suzanne Bell obtained a BS (Chemistry and Criminal Justice majors) from Northern Arizona University and an MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.  She joined the New Mexico State Police in 1983 and worked as a forensic chemist and crime scene processor.  She worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory starting in 1985 as a technical staff member.  During this time, she obtained a PhD from New Mexico State University.  She started her career in academia in 1994, first at Eastern Washington University where she taught undergraduate chemistry courses and assisted the university and the Washington State Patrol in developing a forensic chemistry major.  In 2003, she joined the Chemistry Department at West Virginia University.  Currently she mentors chemistry and forensic chemistry students from the BS to post-doctoral level.  Her areas of research interest are forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, ion mobility spectrometry, chemometrics, energetics and explosives, and gunshot residue. She is am a past member of the Scientific Working Group for Seized Drug Analysis (SWGDRUG) and a current member of the Scientific Working Group for Gunshot Residue (SWGGSR) and the gunshot residue subcommittee of NIST’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). She is also a commission on the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). In addition to numerous research articles, she has authored and edited many text and reference books including Forensic Chemistry and the 4th edition of Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques.