Introduction on the Use of Analytical Chemistry in Forensic Investigations Back

Date 4th December 2013Time 16:00Presenters Prof. Dr Arian C. van Asten


This webinar will provide newcomers in the forensic field with an insight on the use and importance of analytical chemistry in forensic investigations. Through the basic principles and definitions the importance of analytical methods for any modern forensic laboratory will become clear. When applied effectively analytical chemistry can truly assist in solving crime. Latest trends and developments in forensic analytical chemistry will be discussed. Furthermore, the participants will be challenged to get involved by addressing a number of interesting questions on the evidential value and forensic interpretation of analytical data.

Who should attend?

The webinar is targeted at analytical chemists at BSc level who are new to forensic science. A broad range of analytical techniques will be placed in a forensic context but will not be discussed in detail.

Arian van Asten: Biography

Arian van Asten studied analytical chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from the same University in 1995. After working for over 10 years in the chemical industry he transferred to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in 2006 and became involved in forensic science. He has been working at the NFI as member of the management team, department head and principal scientist. In June 2012 Arian van Asten was appointed professor at the University of Amsterdam on a special chair in Forensic Analytical Chemistry. Together with Prof dr Maurice Aalders he manages the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Centrum (CLHC), the Amsterdam Center for Forensic Science and Medicine. The center started in September 2013 as a collaboration of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, The Academic Medical Center and the Netherlands Forensic Institute.