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Mineralogical Analysis Applied to Forensics

A Guidance on Mineralogical Techniques and their Application to the Forensic Field


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  • Presents up to date findings in Forensic Analysis

  • This book draws on experts in the field

  • This book has both a theoretical and practical approach

Part of the book series: Soil Forensics (SOFO)

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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 not-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.

Currently, a book exclusively devoted to the above arguments is missing at international level, therefore our book would fill this gap and attract a large audience, from the academics and professionals to students and law enforcements.


  • Forensic Science
  • Criminology
  • Mineralogy
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. of Science & Technology, Sannio University, Benevento, Italy

    Mariano Mercurio

  • DiSTAR- Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences, Federico II University, Napoli, Italy

    Alessio Langella

  • Forensic Geoscience Italy, Geoscienze Forensi Italia®, ROMA, Italy

    Rosa Maria Di Maggio

  • DiSTAR- Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences, FEDERICO II University, Napoli, Italy

    Pergiulio Cappelletti

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 Georesources at Federico II University. He mainly developed his research activity on the characterization and application of natural inorganic materials, 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 more than one hundred 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, Full Professor of Georesources at Federico II University, SIMP (Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia 2018-2019) Past-President. 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 group) are published on about one hundred papers on peer-reviewed journals.

Bibliographic Information

  • 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, Pergiulio Cappelletti

  • Series Title: Soil Forensics

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2214-4293

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-4315

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Illustrations: 80 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Mineralogy, Forensic Science, Soil Science