The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to
the use of instrumental chemical separation techniques for the analyses of
physical evidence materials of forensic import.
The course includes lectures and problem sessions and has as a critical
portion of hands- on laboratory sessions.
The successful student will understand the fundamental use and operation
of certain types of chemical instrumentation and their application to forensic
analytical problems. He/she will also be
able to choose the proper technique to successfully analyze a material, and
increase his/her knowledge and understanding of the analytical approach and
interpretation of quantitative data.
The lectures include the descriptions of various
instruments including their designs, the theory of operation, and the
fundamental science on which they are based.
Applications of these instruments to forensic samples will be discussed.
This course is concentrated on chromatography and other
separation techniques although other instrumentation topics will be covered.