We have a long history in analyzing polymers and chemicals. This capability has recently been extended to a new area, based on the formation of the The Maastricht Forensic Institute (TMFI) - the forensic area. In the past a typical question was “What is the unwanted black particle in the white polymer film, and where does it come from?” That has now turned into “What is the trace material found at a crime scene and does it relate to a suspected source?” Both questions require a similar analytical approach and analytical toolbox.
The latter question describes the general approach to forensic investigations in glass, fiber or paint, but it can also be extended to almost every material. Whether it is a piece of a vase or ink or glitter from some make-up or …