X-Ray Fluorescence in Forensic Science

Claude Roux, Regina Taudte, Chris LENNARD

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This article describes the applications of X‐ray fluorescence (XRF) as an analytical tool in forensic science, including its limitations and practical aspects. The use of XRF is specifically discussed for the analysis of materials of forensic interest such as metals, gunshot residues (GSRs), paint, glass, soil, fibers, plastic and general polymers, documents, and miscellaneous types of evidence. Developments such as biological tissues micro‐XRF, 3‐D micro‐XRF — an adaptation of micro‐XRF — and total XRF are also described. These specialized techniques have highly desirable characteristics for the elemental profiling of a wide range of forensic samples, and hence we can anticipate that they will find significant use in forensic laboratories in the future
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
EditorsR.A Meyers
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780470027318
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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