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Research and Development on Instrumental Analysis for Forensic Science Applications

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $118,322)

The goal of this research project is to evaluate the use of a Raman handheld instrument as a presumptive on-site field drug test. If the research is successful, a new method of field testing, using improved technology, will enhance the ability of the forensic science community to identify, analyze and interpret controlled substance evidence.

The purpose of this research is to develop a robust and useful presumptive field identification system for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and possibly other controlled substances. If the research is successful, a new method of field testing will enhance the ability of the law enforcement community to presumptively identify controlled substances. This will enhance the administration of justice and public safety by providing law enforcement with a robust tool that gives immediate and defendable preliminary results for specific controlled substances.

Date Created: August 29, 2010