Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry / Edition 1

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Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry aims to provide the eager student with a clear and concise understanding of forensic chemistry. Leading experts in the field contribute general examination techniques, followed by more specific application models. Beginning with reviews of the basic principles of chemistry such as atomic structure and expanding through molecules and into organic chemistry, the detailed chapters also serve as an introduction to the tools used by all examiners, provide insight into the job at hand, specifically the different types of controlled substances encountered by the forensic drug chemist, and illustrate the most challenging portion of a forensic drug chemist's job: clandestine laboratory operations. In addition to the theoretical, the inclusion of the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Manual, on CD-ROM, allows the theoretical principles explained in the book to come to life with a collection of practical exercises promoting valuable hands-on experience while adding clarity and continuity to the lecture topics. Essential and comprehensive, Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry imparts the fundamental knowledge required for the rewarding journey into the field of forensic chemistry.

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is a textbook of basic principles of forensic chemistry.
Purpose: The purpose was to consolidate scattered sources of previously published information on forensic chemistry in one book.
Audience: It is intended for students of forensic chemistry, specifically undergraduates majoring in criminalistics intent on a future career as a forensic examiner. This book also would be of interest to anyone with a science background (especially in chemistry and physics) curious about today's practice and underlying theory regarding forensic chemistry.
Features: This is a pretty interesting book. It begins with a quick review of chemistry (inorganic and organic), tools of forensic chemistry (nomenclature, chemical screening, microcrystal techniques), methodology (chemical extraction, chromatographic and spectroscopy methods), examination of drugs and narcotics, and clandestine laboratory operations. Each chapter has plenty of relevant pictures and figures. The section on clandestine operations is quite interesting — the authors provide enough detail to understand clandestine synthetic processes but not enough to replicate them. The final section is a laboratory manual with 20 experiments to test students' knowledge. One flaw — the index is way off. I looked up two topics, and in neither case was the subject on the page indicated in the index.
Assessment: This is a great textbook for forensic chemistry students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934115060
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Edition description: 2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JaVed I. Khan
Mr. Khan holds a Masters of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, a Masters of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry/Biology from B.Z. University, Multan, Pakistan. He has more than seventeen years of experience in the field of Forensic Sciences at the California State Department of Justice in the Riverside Crime Laboratory. He is an accomplished Forensic Scientist whose expertise expands in various fields including forensic chemistry, forensic biology, and forensic toxicology. He has authored a number of publications on related topics.
Mr. Khan responded to hundreds of clandestine laboratory operations as a clandestine laboratory field expert. He examined the evidence from thousands of clandestine laboratory operations. Mr. Khan testified in various courts as a clandestine laboratory analyses expert witness. Mr. Khan is a recognized expert witness in other fields of forensics and has appeared more than three hundred times in federal, state, and local county courts in this capacity.
Mr. Khan has more than twelve years of teaching experience as a part-time college instructor of Forensic Chemistry and Biology. He has developed curriculum of forensic chemistry, forensic biology, and forensic toxicology courses for Mt. San Jacinto College in Riverside, California. He is a dedicated professional whose insight and tireless efforts provided the driving force for this project.

Thomas J. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. and a Master of Science in Chemistry from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. Mr. Kennedy is a former police officer and has been teaching Chemistry at Victor Valley College since 1994. He has been chairman of the Department of Chemistry for the past eight years. Mr. Kennedy is a passionate teacher focused on student success.

Donnell R. Christian
Donnell R. Christian is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa, holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from American Military University and Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Police Administration from Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Forensic Investigation of Clandestine Laboratories (2003). His companion book, Field Guide to Clandestine Laboratory Identification and Investigation (2004) provides a ready reference for police, fire, and emergency responders who potentially encounter clandestine labs in their daily activities. Mr. Christian has published articles on the analysis, and the clandestine manufacture and analysis, of controlled substances and has developed training programs for investigators, laboratory examiners, and attorneys involved in the investigation, examination, and prosecution of clandestine labs. He also authored a chapter concerning the analysis of controlled substances in of Forensic Science, An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques (2002, 2005, 2009) and the forensic chemistry section in The Forensic Laboratory Handbook, Procedures and Practices (2005, 2011).

Mr. Christian is the Director of Forensic Programs at Professional Business Solutions, Inc. and is the former Forensic Science Development Coordinator for the United States Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). With ICITAP, he has assisted in establishing forensic science programs in the developing democracies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Mr. Christian served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS). Additionally, he spent fifteen years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory specializing in forensic chemistry and trace analysis, with emphasis in the clandestine manufacture of controlled substances (i.e., drugs and explosives). He has responded to hundreds of clandestine lab scenes, examined thousands of exhibits, and provided untold hours of testimony.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Part I: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Atomic Structure

Chapter Three: Molecules

Chapter Four: Organic Chemistry

Part II: Tools of Forensic Chemistry

Chapter Five: Forensic Language Chapter Six: Forensic Documentation

Chapter Seven: Chemical Screening

Chapter Eight: Microcrystal Techniques

Chapter Nine: Chemical Extractions and Sample Preparation

Chapter Ten: Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

Chapter Eleven: Infrared Spectrometry

Part III: Examination of Drugs/Narcotics Chapter Twelve: Marijuana Chapter Thirteen: Phenethylamines

Chapter Fourteen: Tertiary Amines Chapter Fifteen: Tryptamines Chapter Sixteen: Anabolic Steroids

Chapter Seventeen: Miscellaneous Controlled Substances

Part IV: Clandestine Laboratory Operations Chapter Eighteen: Clandestine Operations, Hazard, and Safety

Chapter Nineteen: Evidence Identification and Collection

Chapter Twenty: Examination of the Clandestine Evidence

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