2012 MRes projects
- Twitter and Crime: The spatio-temporal link between social-media and criminal activity
- To what extent do water treatment processes affect the concentration of peroxide explosives in river water?
- Dual-band Frequency Reconfigurable Antennas
- Incorporating Nanostructures to Enhance the Performance of Semiconducting Metal
- A relevance study determining the use of GSR upon clothing and shoes as an item of evidence
- Automating the conceptual analysis of large-scale text-based subjective data sets
- Assessing the potential of e-noses for illicit drug detection in future drug-trafficking interdiction strategies
- Judgement in UK fingermark recovery: room for development?
- Modelling the allocation of crowd control resources
- Comparative study of the different feature extraction algorithms used for fingerprint identification
- Domain Adaptation of Statistical Classifiers for Security-related Bug Reports
- The detection of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories using semiconducting metal oxide gas sensors
- The evaluation of geochemical analysis methods for forensic provenance and interpretation
- Confirmation bias: A Study of biasability within Forensic anthropological visual assessments on skeletal remains
- Statistical change point detection of internet traffic
- Trace evidence dynamics: assessing the transfer and persistence of microbial diatom evidence in forensic investigation
- Data Communication for Underwater Sensor Networks
- Automated Cargo Inspection: Exploring the use of Machine Vision in X-ray Transmission Imaging
- Network Externalities and Migration: An Agent-Based Model Distinguishing Documented and Undocumented Flows
The detection of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories using semiconducting metal oxide gas sensors
21 March 2013
Methamphetamine is a psychoactive amphetamine, widely sold illegally as ‘crystal meth’ in the USA, Canada and Europe. The drug is synthesized using one of three, relatively simple methods, meaning that marketable quantities of the compound can be produced using little equipment or knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry. This has lead to methamphetamine laboratories being formed in rented accommodation, hotels, cars, mobile homes, schools and garden sheds. Despite the significant danger posed by these laboratories to the general population, the environment, and local infrastructure, clandestine laboratories are rarely discovered through proactive detection, but are more commonly discovered accidentally or as the result of a fire or explosion. This study aims to produce an array of SMO gas sensors, known as electronic noses, to detect 8 gases commonly found in the synthesis of methamphetamine. This array of gas sensors could be used to produce a covert device for use in hotel rooms, rented accommodation and self-storage units to detect the illegal production of methamphetamine.