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Qualifications

BSc (hons) Forensic Science
MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice
MSc Analytical & Forensic Science
PG Dip Applied Psychology
PRINCE2

About

PhD Research Student, KESS2
Hourly Paid Lecturer in Forensic Sciences and Criminalistics.

Experience

Crime scene investigation for UK and NZ authorities.

Industrial scientist in forensic science and pharmaceuticals using a variety of wet chemistry methods and chromatographic analytical applications.

GC-IMS method development for trace detection (ppb/ppt) of mVOC in complex organic mediums.

Memberships

Royal Society of Chemistry
Charted Society of Forensic Sciences

Research

As a KESS2 PhD research student, I am currently researching microbial volatile compounds (mVOC) utilising the selectively of Gas Chromatography coupled with the sensitivity of Ion Mobility Spectrometry (GC-IMS). The FlavourSpec (G.A.S. GmbH, Dortmund, Germany) application with its sample introduction system (SIS) for automated sample preparation and handling was used to develop and optimise an analytical method for detecting mVOCs at ppb/ppt levels. This method was transferred to an online GC-IMS application (G.A.S GmbH, Dortmund, Germany) for real-time continuous monitoring of derived mVOCs from mixed and pure culture microbial species in complex organic mediums. The objective was to measure bacterial species to identify mVOC’s specific to bacterial genres for determination of chemical signature profiles. The data achieved was used to develop an IMS database for microbial metabolic volatile compounds for future identifications.

Gas Chromatography-Ion Mobility Spectroscopy.
Gas Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectroscopy.
Tenax adorption

Areas of Expertise

GC-IMS method development for trace analysis of VOCs in complex matrices.

Crime Scene Processing and Evidence recovery.
Forensic Science Analytical Applications.

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