2008 BCCE: Forensic Science Mini-workshop

CWCS sponsored two half-day miniworkshops at the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Presentations were made by alumni of the CWCS Forensic Science workshops at Williams College



Inkless fingerprinting – self contained system; pads containing ferric chloride; paper containing propyl gallate

- Sudan black for nonporous material

- Ninhydrin for porous material

- Wetwop for fingerprints on the sticky side of duct tape

- Magnetic fingerprint powder

- Iodine for fingerprint development


Timothy M. Thomas
Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice/Sociology
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
3250 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118-8299



Demonstration of portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

Various samples to be analyzed by XRF such as bullets/gunshot residue/other


Michelle L. Shulman
Department of Chemistry
St. Marys College
P.O. Box 4527
Moraga, CA 94575





Demonstration of Attenuated Total Reflectance, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Samples such as glass, duct tape, powdered samples/fiber/fabric


Dwight Tshudy
Department of Chemistry
Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984





Analysis of suspected powdered drug material and drugs in urine and the detection of alcohol in saliva.


Note: the drugs are simulated drugs or drug material that is available for use below the licensable quantity; the urine is simulated urine from Toxi-Labs.

NIK drug detection test for cocaine

Test for adulterants in urine

Test for drugs in urine; self contained drug testing panel

On-Site alcohol test for alcohol in saliva


Carmen Gauthier
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Florida Southern College
Lakeland, FL 33801





28 Jul '08