Advances in the forensic analysis and dating of writing ink
In addition, Brunelle is responsible for founding the Society of Forensic Ink Analysts. He worked with the ATF for twenty-eight years, holding various positions including the chief of the Forensic Science Laboratory.Brunelle began his career as a forensic chemist for the Forensic Science Laboratory at the U. During this time Brunelle conducted extensive research in the area of ink analysis, including work with chemist Antonio Cantu to develop new methods for chemically determining the relative age of ballpoint pens.
Brunelle is perhaps best known for the two major books he co-wrote on the subject of ink analysis. In 2003, Brunelle and fellow forensic scientist Kenneth R.Crawford wrote In this book, the authors outline laboratory procedures used in examining and dating inks, and discuss the techniques' applications in civil and criminal cases.They focus on advances made within the last twenty years, including relative age comparisons and accelerated aging of inks.After his retirement from the ATF, Brunelle started his own forensic science firm, Brunelle Forensic Laboratories. A Treatise on Disputed Handwriting and the Determination of Genuine From Forged Signatures: The Character and Composition of Inks, and Their Determination by Chemical Tests. The Identification of Handwriting and the Detection of Forgery: Dealing With the Methods of Examination and Comparison of Handwriting in English and …
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Dunn & John Allison, The Detection of Multiply Charged Dyes Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Forensic Examination of Pen Ink Dyes Directly from Paper, (Sept.
Cooks, Forensic Analysis of Inks by Imaging Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) Mass Spectrometry, (July 2006) (DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00179.x).
Brunelle worked for both the government and the private sector as a forensic chemist for almost forty years, specializing in document authentication and ink analysis .
Brunelle's expertise led him to write two successful books on the subject.
He also served as a consultant on many criminal cases.