Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

1st Edition

Kelly M. Elkins

CRC Press
Published October 10, 2018
Textbook - 324 Pages - 326 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781498763103 - CAT# K28949

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Chemistry/Forensic Science

Forensic chemistry is 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.

Key features:

  • Nearly 300 full-color figures illustrating key concepts and over 20 case studies
  • Addresses all the essential topics without extraneous or overly advanced coverage
  • Includes full pedagogy of chapter objectives, key terms, lab problems, end of chapter questions, and additional readings to emphasize key learning points
  • Includes chemical structures and useful spectra as examples
  • Fulfils the forensic chemistry course requirement in FEPAC-accredited programs
  • Includes a chapter on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) materials

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.

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