324 pages | 326 Color Illus.
Forensic chemistryis a subdiscipline of forensic science, its principles guide the analyses performed in modern forensic laboratories. Forensic chemistry’s roots lie in medico-legal investigation, toxicology and microscopy and have since led the development of modern forensic analytic techniques and practices for use in a variety of applications.
Introduction to Forensic Chemistry is the perfect balance of testing methods and application. Unlike other competing books on the market, coverage is neither too simplistic, nor overly advanced making the book ideal for use in both undergraduate and graduate courses. The book introduces chemical tests, spectroscopy, advanced spectroscopy, and chromatography to students. The second half of the book addresses applications and methods to analyze and interpret controlled substances, trace evidence, questioned documents, firearms, explosives, environmental contaminants, toxins, and other topics. The book looks at innovations in the field over time including the latest development of new discernible chemical reactions, instrumental tools, methods, and more.
Comprehensive and accessible, without being overly technical, Introduction to Forensic Chemistry will be a welcome addition to the field and an ideal text designed for both the student user and professor in mind.
Course ancillaries including an Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank and chapter PowerPoint® lecture slides are available with qualified course adoption.
1. An Introduction to Forensic Chemistry and Physical Evidence
2. Chemical Tests
3. The Microscope
4. Light Spectroscopy
5. Advanced Spectroscopy
7. Inorganic Poisons and Contaminants
8. Controlled Substances
10. Trace Evidence
11. Questioned Documents and Impression Evidence
12. Latent Print Development
14. Arson and Explosives
15. CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives
16. Environmental Forensics