Forensic Chemistry

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Today we met Lynn Riemer, an experienced forensic chemist, illicit drug expert, community advocate and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado.

We learned about the major role chemistry plays in solving crimes, by experimenting in our own version of a crime lab. In order to correctly identify an unknown β€œmystery powder” we first observed reactions between commonly known powders and various liquid solutions. Using the same liquids on the mystery powder, we were able to determine its contents based on the earlier observations.