“Microscopy of Soot Particles” (2009)

2009:155:Millette

Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, Feb 2009

Abstract:

After attending this presentation, attendees will understand the basics of soot particle formation including the three most common forms: char, cenisphere, and aciniform. They will be shown what these forms look like and how microscopy might be used to tell them apart.

This presentation will impact the forensic community by increasing the general knowledge of how microscopic level soot particles may be similar or different when generated by different combustion sources. These differences may be useful when investigating potential criminal arsons and in environmental forensic investigations of potential industrial contamination and the sources of darkening agents.



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