Report Date

May 2015

Report Summary

Through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), West Virginia University (WVU) evaluated emerging approaches for the detection of gunshot residue (GSR) based on organic materials in the residue. One instrument was evaluated for screening for elemental constituents. This study examined x-ray fluorescence (XRF, a portable instrument), ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), and mass spectrometry.

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Additional Information

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Posters
Utilization of Commercial Portable Instruments for Screening Hand Swabs for Presence of Firearms Discharge Residue (FDR):
Collection Efficiency Using Commercial and In-House Media

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Utilization of Commercial Portable Instruments for Screening Hand Swabs for Presence of Firearms Discharge Residue (FDR):
Validation of Commercial IMS Instruments to Screen for FDR

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Publications
Skin Permeation of Organic Gunshot Residue: Implications for Sampling and Analysis
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