Applicable chemical forensic experimentation is important in undergraduate classrooms in order to establish real-world techniques and appropriate knowledge of procedure in order to translate into careers involving forensics. For the production of a forensic chemistry laboratory manual, a real-world scenario was created by capstone forensic chemistry students. The scenario involved several products from a producer of cannabinoids that was found to be the cause of illness and hospitalization in several customers of the company. The objective of the experimentation was to (1) determine the possibility of counterfeit products through label analysis, (2) determine any possible contaminants in the product, and (3) establish possible suspects and motives through relevant forensic techniques. Possible methodology and instrumentation to be used to accomplish the objective was left to the student and included fingerprint analysis, microscope analysis, types of spectroscopy (Raman, UV/Vis), GC/MS, and any other technique the student wanted to use in the department. This presentation will highlight the experimental design, implementation, and preliminary results of experimentation from undergraduate students.


Georgia College Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy

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