Challenges in Detection Approaches for Forensic Science
CHAPTER 7: Interpretative Challenges for Forensic Chemistry
Published:13 Apr 2021
For the most part, forensic chemistry is very similar to analytical chemistry. Among the typical job functions of an analytical chemist are: performing qualitative and quantitative analysis; sampling, setting error limits, validating and verifying results through calibration and standardization; and interpreting data in proper context.2 Forensic chemistry does all these, certainly, but it differs from other types of chemistry in several ways, one of which is central to the topic of this chapter: where its samples come from and what that means for interpretation of those samples, that is, could they have come from the same source. Both qualitative...