4.1. Forensic Analysis of Hair by Infrared Spectroscopy

  1. John M. Chalmers2,
  2. Howell G. M. Edwards3 and
  3. Michael D. Hargreaves4
  1. Kathryn S. Kalasinsky

Published Online: 10 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch4a

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

How to Cite

Kalasinsky, K. S. (2012) Forensic Analysis of Hair by Infrared Spectroscopy, in Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science (eds J. M. Chalmers, H. G. M. Edwards and M. D. Hargreaves), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch4a

Editor Information

  1. 2

    VS Consulting, Stokesley, UK

  2. 3

    Chemical and Forensic Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

  3. 4

    Thermo Scientific Portable Optical Analyzers, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Wilmington, USA

Author Information

  1. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749067

Online ISBN: 9781119962328



  • forensic analysis of hair by infrared spectroscopy;
  • human hair complexities, and the anagen, catagen, telogen phases;
  • three zones in hair follicles, root bulb as indicator of chemicals;
  • basic forensic hair analysis, colour, in samples spanning no more than a year;
  • microscopic matching, DNA testing and chemical analysis;
  • hair in chemical analysis, and timeline of chemical influences on the body;
  • laser microscopy, pharmacokinetics of drug incorporation into hair;
  • infrared spectroscopy, with ATR, transmission, microscopy, and imaging;
  • infrared spectroscopic hair root analysis, in genetic disease diagnosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basic Forensic Hair Analysis

  • Uniqueness of Hair to Chemical Analysis

  • Mechanism for Chemical Substance Incorporation into Hair

  • Applications

  • Disease Diagnosis

  • Summary

  • References