A preliminary investigation of the stages of adipocere formation

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dc.contributor.author Forbes, Shari en_US
dc.contributor.author Stuart, Barbara en_US
dc.contributor.author Dadour, Ian en_US
dc.contributor.author Dent, Boyd en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:28:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:28:46Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2004000103 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Forbes Shari et al. 2004, 'A preliminary investigation of the stages of adipocere formation', Amer Soc Testing Materials, vol. 49, pp. 566-574. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-1198 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/3533
dc.description.abstract Adipocere is a postmortem decomposition porduct which forms from a body's adipose tissue. This study aimed to chemically demonstrate the process of conversion from adipose tissue to adipocere. Samples of adipocere were collected from pig cadavers that were allowed to decompose fro varying internals. Samples of soil were collected from beneath the cadavers and analused to determine the leaching effect of adipocere. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was used to quantify the fatty acid composition of pig adipocere. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used as a confirmatory test to identify other components such as triglycerides and aclcium salts of fatty acids. The study demonstrates the process of adipocere formation and the stages of formation through which the process passes using chemical techniques. en_US
dc.publisher Amer Soc Testing Materials en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon en_US
dc.title A preliminary investigation of the stages of adipocere formation en_US
dc.parent Journal Of Forensic Sciences en_US
dc.journal.volume 49 en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 566 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 574 en_US
dc.cauo.name Dept of Material Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 039900 en_US
dc.personcode 114232 en_US
dc.personcode 950589 en_US
dc.personcode 0000021880 en_US
dc.personcode 950402 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Chemical Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords forensic science, forensic anthropology, adipocere, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), fatty acids en_US
dc.staffid 950402 en_US


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