Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidence

Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidence

1st Edition - October 1, 2022

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  • Author: Arian van Asten
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207154

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Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidence provides readers with the fundamental framework of forensic analytical chemistry, describing the entire process, from crime scene investigation to evidence sampling, laboratory analysis, quality aspects, and reporting and testifying in court. In doing so, important principles and aspects are demonstrated through the various forensic expertise areas in which analytical chemistry plays a key role, including illicit drugs, explosives, toxicology, fire debris analysis and microtraces such as gunshot residues, glass and fibers. This book illuminates the underlying practical framework that governs how analytical chemistry is used in practice by forensic experts to solve crime. Arian van Asten utilizes a hands-on approach with numerous questions, examples, exercises and illustrations to help solidify key concepts and teach them in an engaging way.

Key Features

  • Provides a forensic analytical chemistry framework based on how professionals actually use chemistry to solve crimes
  • Introduces leading principles necessary to forensic practice understanding
  • Answers key questions with a wealth of illustrations and real-world examples


Masters- and PhD-level students in Forensic Science or Analytical Chemistry, forensic expert trainees at forensic institutes and laboratories. Instructors, lecturers, and professors teaching forensic analytical chemistry. Forensic Scientists at academic institutions. Forensic experts at forensic institutes and laboratories. Managers at forensic institutes and laboratories

Table of Contents

  • 1. An introduction to Forensic Analytical Chemistry
    2. Analytical Chemistry in the Forensic Laboratory
    3. Sampling and Sample Preparation
    4. Qualitative Analysis and the Selectivity Dilemma
    5. Quantitative Analysis and the Legal Limit Dilemma
    6. Chemical Profiling, Databases and Evidential Value
    7. Forensic Reconstruction through Chemical Analysis
    8. From Data to Forensic Insight using Chemometrics
    9. Quality and Chain of Custody
    10. Reporting in the Criminal Justice System
    11. Innovating Forensic Analytical Chemistry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 470
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: October 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207154

About the Author

Arian van Asten

Arian van Asten obtained his Master’s degree with honors in 1991 and his PhD in 1995 (for which he received the Kolthoff award in 1996) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). After working for more than 10 years in the chemical industry he joined the Netherlands Forensic Institute in 2006. In June 2012 he was appointed professor at the Faculty of Science of UvA on a special chair in Forensic Analytical Chemistry. Since September 2018 he is a full-time professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry and On-Scene Chemical Analysis at UvA. On the same date Van Asten was also appointed director of the Master’s of Forensic Science program at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at UvA. Together with professor Maurice Aalders he leads the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center, the Amsterdam Center for Forensic Science and Medicine ( He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed scientific publications on (forensic) analytical chemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry and On-Scene Chemical Analysis, and Director of the Master’s of Forensic Science program, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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