This volume represents an approach to the analysis of glass and paint as they occur as trace evidence in forensic cases. Each chapter is written by an expert in their particular area. The book is divided into two sections: one referring to paint and one referring to glass. Each section covers an introduction to the composition of these materials and the analytical approach to obtaining information from these types of exhibits, together with an interpretation of that evidence in the context of the forensic cases.
Table of Contents
What is Trace Evidence? The Composition and Manufacture of Glass and its Domestic and Industrial Applications. Microscopic Techniques for Glass Examination. Elemental Analysis of Glass Fragments. Statistical Interpretation of Glass Evidence. Interpretation of Physical Aspects of Glass Evidence. Composition, Manufacture and Use of Paint. The Role of Color and Microscopic Techniques for the Characterization of Paint Fragments. Pyrolysis Techniques for the Characterization and Discrimination of Paint. Use of Infrared Spectroscopy for the Characterization of Paint Fragments. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (SEM/EDS) for the Forensic Examination of Paints and Coatings. The Interpretation of Paint Evidence
"Overall, the book is a solid addition to a forensic scientist's library … . The chapters are well written by experts in their respective fields … . [This book] is a welcome addition to my bookshelf … . … [F]or the majority of practicing forensic scientists, it is a must read."
- Journal of Forensic Science, March 2003, Vol. 48, No. 2