Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $167,227)
The objective of this award is to expand the scope of ongoing research to include an investigation of the use of LIBS as a technique to complement FTIR, SEM-EDS, XRF, LA-ICP-MS, and UV-visible absorption techniques for the analysis of forensic automobile paint and coating samples on both metal and polymeric substrates. Validated methods will be developed and applied to sets of painted/coated samples to determine the accuracy, reproducibility and discriminating power of LIBS. Data will be compared with LA-ICP-MS, SEM-EDS, XRF, and FTIR data acquired on samples of the same materials that are interrogated using LIBS.
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