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‘Green’ ammunition and the future of gunshot residue analysis

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11 September, 2014 Video length icon 17:31
Video tags icon green ammunition, gunshot residue, trace metals, forensic techniques

Gunshot residue analysis can provide valuable information about whether somebody has recently discharged a firearm. However, concern over the health and environmental impacts of heavy metals has seen an increase in the prevalence of lead free ammunition. 

This has the potential to compromise the effectiveness of current forensic techniques for gunshot residues analysis which target the metallic components of ammunition such as lead. 
Dr Alison Beavis will discuss current research exploring a range of methods and techniques that have the potential to be used when lead free ammunition is encountered in forensic case work. 


UTS Science in Focus is a free public lecture series showcasing the latest research from prominent UTS scientists and researchers.

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