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3rd Edition

Forensic Chemistry

ISBN 9781138339842
Published May 6, 2022 by CRC Press
668 Pages 449 Color & 188 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Forensic Chemistry, Third Edition, the new edition of this ground-breaking book, continues to serve as the leading forensic chemistry text on the market. Fully updated, this edition describes the latest advances in current forensic chemistry analysis and practice. New and expanded coverage includes rapid advances in forensic mass spectrometry, NMR, and novel psychoactive substances (NPSs). Topics related to seized drug analysis, toxicology, combustion and fire investigation, explosives, and firearms discharge residue are described and illustrated with case studies. The role of statistics, quality assurance/quality control, uncertainty, and metrology are integrated into all topics. More pharmacological and toxicokinetic calculations are presented and discussed. Hundreds of color figures, along with graphs, illustrations, worked example problems, and case descriptions are used to show how analytical chemistry is applied to forensic practice. Topics covered offer students insight into the legal context in which forensic chemistry is conducted and introduces them to the sample types and sample matrices encountered in forensic laboratories.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Metrology and Forensic Chemistry  1. Making Good Measurements  2. Assuring Good Measurements  PART 2: Chemical Foundations  3. Chemical Fundamentals: Partitioning, Equilibria, and Acid/Base Chemistry  4. Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry  5. Spectroscopy  PART 3: Drugs and Poisons  6. Overview of Drug Analysis  7. Novel Psychoactive Substances  8. Fundamentals of Toxicology  9. Applications of Forensic Toxicology  PART 4: Combustion Evidence  10. Overview of Combustion Chemistry  11. Fire Investigation and Fire Debris Analysis  12. Explosives  13. Firearms and Firearms Discharge Residue  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 5th edition of Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques.