Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $198,000)
The proposed research will apply target compound analysis utilized for gasoline individualization to medium petroleum distillates (MPD) and kerosene which may be used as accelerants in arson cases. A major goal of this project is to establish analytical tools that provide a statistical evaluation for forensic comparison between ignitable liquid residues in fire debris and ignitable liquids in the possession of a suspect. No current database of high-resolution GCMS analyses is publicly available for statistical analysis so this research will facilitate analysis and yield backlog reduction.
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