The use of biofuels as an accelerant in arson attacks has increased over recent years. This can be challenging for the Forensic Chemist tasked with analysing the debris to determine the location and nature of the fire.
Biofuels, in particular biodiesels, incorporate long chain methyl esters from vegetable and animal fats, together with the range of hydrocarbon components.
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Analysis of fire debris samples by GC-MS and Chemometrics