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Table of contents (10 chapters)
About this book
This book illustrates the main modern mineralogical analytical procedures that can be applied for forensic purposes on various typologies of materials and substances and has both theoretical and practical approach. Moreover, it focuses on all those challenges that can arise with forensic analysis, such as the choice of the most proper mineralogical techniques as a function of the material and its quantity, destructive and non-destructive analyses, sampling procedures, mineralogical analysis of micro-traces, correct preparation of the samples, correct calibration and analytical conditions of the laboratory instrumentation. Numerous case studies on criminal offenses against persons, environment and cultural heritage are illustrated.
- Forensic Science
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Science & Technology, Sannio University, Benevento, Italy
Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences (DiSTAR), Federico II University, Napoli, Italy
Alessio Langella, Piergiulio Cappelletti
Forensic Geoscience Italy, Geoscienze Forensi Italia®, Roma, Italy
Rosa Maria Di Maggio
About the editors
Mariano Mercurio, PhD, is currently an assistant professor of Geoforensics at Sannio University, Italy. His research has started on the study and surface modification of georesources (mainly natural zeolites and clay minerals) applied to the industry and on the characterization of geomaterials of archeological and historical importance utilized in the built environment. From a forensic point of view, recently he took part to the collaborative exercise promoted by ENFSI APST working group. He has an excellent ability to work in the laboratory and an excellent knowledge of the most recent analytical techniques for geoforensic purposes. He is author of about eighty publications on peer-reviewed international journals and co-editor of two books.
Alessio Langella is a geologist and full professor of Mineralogy at Federico II University. He mainly developed his research activity on the characterization and application of natural and modified inorganic materials in environmental protection, and on the evaluation and preservation of geomaterials constituting the Cultural Heritage, taking advantage of a large set of technical instruments proper of mineralogy and petrology. Author of about one hundred and fifty papers published on international journals.
Rosa Maria Di Maggio has a MESc cum laude in Earth Science at University Sapienza of Rome. She has more than twenty years of experience in the field of forensic geology, ten of them spent at the Italian Forensic Science Police Department. She carried out several criminal cases with reference to analysis of soil and inorganic materials. Rosa Maria published numerous scientific papers and books on forensic geology and criminalistic. She is a member of IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology as Officer for Europe.
Piergiulio Cappelletti, PhD, is Full Professor of Georesources at Federico II University, served as SIMP (Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia) President (2018-2019) and is currently Director of Centro Musei delle Scienze Naturali e Fisiche, FEDERICO II University. His research activity is devoted to industrial minerals and their occurrences and utilization, along with the characterization on modern and antique geomaterials (natural – building stones – and artificial -mortars and ceramics) used in Cultural Heritage. The results of his (and his team’s) research are published on about one hundred papers on peer-reviewed journals.
Book Title: Mineralogical Analysis Applied to Forensics
Book Subtitle: A Guidance on Mineralogical Techniques and Their Application to the Forensic Field
Editors: Mariano Mercurio, Alessio Langella, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, Piergiulio Cappelletti
Series Title: Soil Forensics
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08833-9Published: 23 November 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-08836-0Published: 23 November 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-08834-6Published: 22 November 2022
Series ISSN: 2214-4293
Series E-ISSN: 2214-4315
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XI, 311
Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations