The Second Chemistry section is responsible for casework, research, and development in the field of forensic toxicology. Systematic analytical methods for toxic substances using novel pretreatment techniques and high-performance analytical instruments are being investigated. The analyses of thinners, blood and breath alcohol, illegal food additives and environmental pollutants, are also being studied and performed.
In the event of accidental, homicidal, or suicidal poisoning, the identification of toxic substances in various samples, such as biological or food specimens, is exceedingly important. Rapid and sensitive analytical methods for organic and inorganic toxic substances, such as pesticides, natural toxins, toxic metal compounds, abused volatiles, and alcohol, are being investigated. The development of systematic analytical methods for pesticides is also being studied.
Rapid and sensitive methods for the determination of hazardous environmental pollutants in industrial wastes or illegal dumping sites are investigated. The identification of the source of industrial wastes is also performed by analysis of composition of the ingredients in the wastes.