Forensic Chemistry I

FIS 51100


P or C: 50500.


This course will focus on the analysis and identification of commonly abused chemicals such as ethanol, inhalants, controlled substances and prescription drugs.  The history, legal issues, synthesis, chemical/physical properties, and laboratory analysis of these materials will be discussed.  Special topics will also include source determination by isotope ratio mass spectrometry, impurity profiling or genetic analysis, newly introduced analytical methods such as desorption ionization techniques in mass spectrometry and investigations of the mechanisms for canine detection of drugs.  An optional laboratory section will also be offered in which students will complete practical exercises utilizing spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry that reflect common practice in forensic science laboratories.