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Spectrum Analysis, Raman

Subject: LCSH

Soils--Analysis, Raman spectroscopy


Forensic Science and Technology


Morphologically-directed Raman spectroscopy (MDRS) is a novel yet reliable analytical technique that can be used for a variety of forensic applications, enabling scientists to gain more information from samples than they obtain using more traditional methods. In soil forensics, MDRS delivers particle size distribution and microscopic morphological characteristics for the particles present, and at the same time allows secure mineral identification. In this article, we explore the benefits of utilizing soil in forensic investigations, and demonstrate the value of applying MDRS. Two case studies illustrate the real-life potential and applications of this technology.


This is the authors' accepted version of the article published in Forensic Science International. The version of record can be found at



Publisher Citation

Brooke W. Kammrath, Andrew Koutrakos, Josemar Castillo, Cathryn Langley and Deborah Huck-Jones, Morphologically-directed Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Soil Analysis Forensic Science International S0379-0738(17) , December 2017, 30550-9