Journal of Radioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 461–478 | Cite as

The potentials and limitations of using neutron activation analysis data on human hair as a forensic evidence

  • K. K. S. Pillay
  • R. L. Kuis


An examination of neutron activation analysis as a method to develop trace element profiles of human hair for use in criminal investigations was undertaken using modern instrumental methods and specially designed analytical procedures. A survey of hair samples from a group of 300 volunteers, involving nearly 12,000 elemental analyses, indicates that while neutron activation analysis data have distinct potentials to develop useful forensic evidence, there are several limitations to its routine applications as a forensic evidence due to extensive data generation required to satisfy the requirements of the statistical techniques used during this investigation. A brief discussion of experimental methods followed by a detailed description of the statistical techniques used in individualizing human hair is presented.


Neutron Activation Analysis Hair Sample Human Hair Criminal Investigation Hair Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. K. S. Pillay
    • 1
  • R. L. Kuis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear EngineeringThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park(USA)

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