Forensic analysis

Forensic scientists often analyze a large and varied range of samples, hoping to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a suspect is innocent or guilty. From the identification of counterfeit money to identification and trace analysis of drugs, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Fourier Transform Raman (FT-Raman) spectroscopy provide users the ability to obtain the chemical information needed for determinations of unknown samples.

FTIR and Raman spectroscopy in forensic analysis

FTIR and Raman spectroscopy are well-established techniques that support law enforcement and criminal justice efforts, ensuring that data can be trusted and verdicts stick. Thermo Fisher Scientific provides solutions and expertise for forensic scientists to excel and keep the public safe. Sign up below to hear from leading industry experts and our internal experts how FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopy can help you find critical forensic answers.

Forensics webinars on FTIR and Raman spectroscopy

On-demand webinar: Safe analysis of hazardous chemicals with fiber optic-ATR and FT-Raman

Many hazardous, high-potency, illicit drugs, such as fentanyl, require that their identification and characterization be carried out in a safe manner. In this presentation, safe analysis of these drugs using fiber-optic based Attenuated Total Reflectance-FTIR and FT-Raman is discussed and demonstrated.

Dr. Suja Sukumaran, Thermo Fisher Scientific


Dr. Suja Sukumaran, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Suja Sukumaran, Ph.D., received her degree in biophysics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany through the International Max Planck Research Schools. 

On-demand webinar: Understanding trace materials analysis investigation

This presentation illustrates the use of optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and vibrational spectroscopy in trace evidence examination through real-world examples. The presenter also discusses the complementary nature of the three techniques.


Larry Wayne, SGS Forensics Lab, SGS North America Inc.


Larry Wayne, SGS Forensics Lab, SGS North America Inc.

Larry Wayne has been a trace materials investigator for 33 years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics from Michigan Technological University, Mr. Wayne was a microscopist for the US Air Force for eight years, then joined Forensic Analytical Specialties, Inc. (now a part of SGS North America) as a microscopist and researcher.

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