MLFC201/MLFC301 – Forensic Chemistry

Course lecturer :

Dr. Nagwa Said Abd El-Dayem
Dr. Rania Assem

Course assistant :

Dem. Hagar Abdelhafeiz
Dem. Asmaa Saad

Course objectives :

  • To introduce the student to the specialty practice area of Forensic Chemistry.
  • Distinguish testing sample structures.
  • Examine principle of the chemical compound reactions.
  • Report chromatographic techniques and their applications to Forensic Chemistry.
  • Read, understand and analyze scientific articles relating to Forensic Chemistry.
  • Classify the spectroscopic techniques and their applications to Forensic Chemistry.
  • Apply science in the resolution of legal matters.
  • Understand how the instrumentation is used, what type of evidence it can process, how to read the results and the properties of the chemical evidence.
  • Explore the importance of chemistry in scientific analysis for the purpose of judicial resolve.
  • Relate the physiologic significance of DNA analysis to criminal investigation.

Course description :

  1. Introduction to Forensic chemistry * The role of chemistry in processing crime scenes.
  2. Testing for alcohol.
  3. Fingerprint development.
  4. Analysis Using Chromatography. * Paper chromatography * Thin layer chromatography * column chromatography * High pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) * Gas chromatography.
  5. Precipitation reactions and solubility product.
  6. Using solubility information for analysis of a sample.
  7. Analysis of a Chemical Formula. * Empirical and Molecular Formulas. * Hydrate Formula.
  8. Detection of blood using chemiluminescence test.
  9. Analysis Using Spectroscopy. * Infrared radiation (IR) * Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrophotometry (NMR) * Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS).
  10. DNA analysis and criminal investigation.

Course assessment :

Assessment Form Grades%
c1. Mid-term exam 15
c2. Practical exam 25
c3. Field project 0
c4. Interactive learning 3
c5. Sheets and searches (Course Work) 7
c5. Final written exam 50

Recommended text books :

  1. Organic Chemistry Paula Yurkanis Bruice Fourth edition copyright©2007, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1995 by pearson Education, Inc. pearson prentice Hall upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.
  2. Organic Chemistry A Guided Inquiry by Andrei Straumains second edition. 528 pages copyright©2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing company.

Recommended refrences :

  1.  Advanced Organic Chemistry; Reactions, Mechanisms and Structures; Jerry March; fourth edition; copyright©1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 by John Wiley and Sons (Asia) pte. Ltd.
  2. Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds; P.S.Kalsi; Fifth and Sixth Editions; copyright©2004, 2002 published by K.K Cupta for New Age Intrnational (P) Ltd., 4835/24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110 02. 1. Forensic Chemistry: Chemistry Solves Crimes, Chapter Page 317-349. 2. Forensic Chemistry, David Collins, Brigham Young University. Idaho.
  3. Forensic Chemistry, Chapter 2. Donnell Christian, BS. Page 35-60.