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Prof. Arian van Asten has authored a book on Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidence. The book provides a forensic analytical chemistry framework based on how professionals actually use chemistry to solve crimes. It introduces leading principles necessary to understanding the forensic practice and answers key questions, all with a wealth of illustrations and real-world examples.

Front cover of the book. Image: Elsevier.

Providing insight into forensic science at a master's level, Van Asten guides the reader through the entire process, from crime scene investigation to evidence sampling, laboratory analysis, quality aspects, and reporting and testifying in court. He demonstrates important principles and aspects of 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.

Key aspect of the book is a hands-on approach with numerous questions, examples, exercises and illustrations to help solidify key concepts and teach them in an engaging way. The official release date is set for October 1, 2022. Elsevier has already announced the book on its website.

No. of pages: 470
Published: October 1, 2022
Imprint: Elsevier
Paperback ISBN: 9780128207154

Image: IIS.

Arian van Asten is a full-time professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry and On-Scene Chemical Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and director of the Master’s program of Forensic Science at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at UvA. Together with Prof. 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 60 peer reviewed scientific publications on (forensic) analytical chemistry.