Special Issue "Chemical Separations in Criminalistics"

A special issue of Separations (ISSN 2297-8739). This special issue belongs to the section "Forensics/Toxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 September 2023 | Viewed by 60

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Katelynn A. Perrault
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Forensic and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Interests: gas chromatography; multidimensional separations; comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography; instrumental analysis; forensic chemistry; forensic analysis; volatile organic compounds; odor chemistry; headspace sampling; biological samples
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Dr. Gwen O'Sullivan
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada
Interests: environmental forensics; environmental chemistry; air quality; contaminated land and groundwater

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Criminalistics is the field of forensic science that relies on the examination of physical evidence recovered from a crime scene. The analysis of physical evidence using separation science for forensic purposes can include drugs, explosives, fire debris, gunshot residue, DNA, ink, environmental matrices, food, and much more. As a result, separation techniques represent a benchmark for forensic laboratories around the globe, and results from chemical separations must be effectively presented and defended in a courtroom environment on a regular basis.

This Special Issue aims to celebrate exciting research occurring in forensic science that showcases the importance of separation science in building a just society. We welcome papers on the analysis of physical evidence by all separation methods, including but not limited to novel separations for criminalistics purposes, improvements in previously existing methods, new applications of gold standard separation technologies, and analyses involving new directions in forensic evidence analysis that rely on separation science. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit an original research article, short communication, or review to highlight chemical separations for criminalistics applications.

Dr. Katelynn A. Perrault
Dr. Gwen O'Sullivan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Separations is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • criminalistics
  • chromatography
  • physical evidence analysis
  • forensic chemistry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Observation of chromatographic differences by non-specialist viewers for one-dimensional gas chromatography and comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography output

Authors: Clarissa Camara, Cynthia Cheung, Katelynn A. Perrault

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