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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Overview of Course
  • Chemistry of Paint
  • Review of PLM and Stereo Microscopy and Micrometry
  • Familiarization with microscopes and calibration of PLM
  • FTIR of Automotive Paint and use PDQ for automotive
  • Collection and Thin Sectioning of paint evidence
  • Architectural Paint Analysis
  • Use of SEM and Raman in paint analysis
  • FTIR of automotive paint
  • Putting it all together: Reporting and Testimony
  • Tour of facilities
  • Wrap up and evaluation
What You Will Learn

• The proper collection and preservation techniques of paint evidence
• Chemistry of automotive and architectural paint
• Identification and thickness measure of paint layers
• Use of infrared microscopy to determine the polymer matrix of the paint layers
• Use of scanning electron microscopy and Raman microscopy for pigment and filler determination
• ASTM methods for paint analysis
• Recommended reporting and testimony guidelines for presentation of paint evidence.

Who Should Enroll

Criminalists who are working with trace evidence.

Student Learning Resources
  • Saferstein R. (ed) Forensic Science Handbook, Vol. 1.2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, NY, 2002, ISBN: 0-13-091058-9
  • Coleman PB, (ed) Practical Sampling Techniques for Infrared Analysis, CRC Press, FL, 1993, ISBN: 0-8493-4203-1
  • Kobilinsky LF, (ed) Forensic Chemistry Handbook, Wiley, NY, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-471-73954-8
  • Olympus Stereomicroscope
  • The McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles, a free online reference aid to substance identification
  • Modern Microscopy, a free, peer-reviewed online journal for the professional microscopist.
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. If you wish to participate in the pre- and post-course online web activities associated with this course you must have access to a computer and the internet.
Suggested Prerequisites
  • Undergraduate science background
Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% attendance
  • class participation
  • completion of all course material
  • completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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