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Introduction to forensic chemistry

Meet Research Fellow, Dr Alan Brailsford and hand over the pills secured at the crime scene for chemical analysis.


Last week you gained an in-depth understanding of how forensics uses DNA. Welcome to Week 3, in which you’ll find out more about the forensics lab and the importance of the chain of custody. You’ll learn how physical characteristics can provide crucial evidence, and see how chemists are able to extract information at the molecular level using chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Enjoy this chance to find out how investigators use the latest methods to gather data, and don’t forget to comment, ask questions or just tell us how you’re feeling at this stage.

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