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EPSRC Reference: EP/C532678/1
Title: Enhancing Forensic Science with Spectroscopic Imaging
Principal Investigator: Kazarian, Professor SG
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Project Partners:
Bruker Forensic Science Service Specac Ltd
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2005 Ends: 31 October 2007 Value (£): 183,072
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Chemicals
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This proposal is aimed at providing chemical imaging capabilities with different fields of view using ATR (Attenuated Total Reflection)-IR imaging. The proposed step change in the measured field of view will significantly enhance the sensitivity and reliability of analysis of sample surfaces in forensic measurements. Rapid chemical imaging analysis of the large surface area samples (e.g. 1.6 x 2.2 cm2 and larger) with enhanced spatial resolution, could be used to analyse the surface of human skin (e.g. finger), textile materials (clothing), plastics and rubber (shoes, bags, personal care products, etc.), questioned documents (e.g. banknotes), trace evidence (e.g. in soil), tablets, drugs, fibres, tape explosives, biological samples and biomaterials. Gunshot residues and other particles can be analysed using tape-lift method combined with ATR imaging. However, the underpinning methodology needs to be developed first and this project will provide for that. As a part of the project, the imaging methodology for simultaneous high-throughput analysis of many samples of interest to forensic science will also be developed. This project, therefore, fulfils the stated requirements of the Think Crime initiative as an exciting piece of step-change characterisation science with very broad applications in forensic investigations and ultimately sensors. It builds upon leading research efforts of the team that provided new development in FTIR imaging. Significant interest from instrument manufacturers will ensure that the novel methodology is developed for the applications by potential end-users. The overall aim is to develop applications of a novel imaging methodology with wide applicability for forensic services.
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