Explosive Residue Analysis: Evaluation of the Spatial Distribution of Post-Blast Explosive Residues and Optimisation of Sampling Procedures.
BSc Forensic Science (Hons)
Part Time Lecturer: Chemistry
Business Development Consultant: Sciences
I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
I applied to this DTC as it provided the opportunity to learn about the various issues throughout the Security and Crime Science domain through the series of first year taught modules, before settling on a PhD research topic of interest.
The possibility of interacting with industry partners was a key requirement for me, so to see the list of industry partners and sponsors on the SECReT website was very appealing. Furthermore, the opportunities provided by the department to facilitate industry interactions (such as the Industry Engagement Evening and the annual Security and Crime Science conference) increased my interests.
Additionally, the clear encouragement to attend conferences and showcase research, within and between UCL departments and externally, seemed a great opportunity.
All in all, this DTC offered more than just funding and so presented itself as a fantastic opportunity - one worth pursuing.
I'm interested in establishing residue distribution patterns after an explosion has occured, in order to maximise the efficiency of residue-related evidence collection at crime scenes.
Whilst plenty of literature is available on post-explosion scene processing procedures and the analytical methods to analyse trace explosive samples, there is little information on where to locate the best sanples at scenes or what the optimum sample collection media is.
To be able to answer such questions may ultimately save time and money at scenes, and would aid in the investigation of explosive incidents.
WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
I like spending my free time exploring London with friends, catching up with family and travelling.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
I hope to gain industry experience after completing the PhD, before returning to an academic career later. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do right now, but the next 4 years should help outline a clearer career path.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
I would like to work with organisations in various sectors (including other academic institutions, government agencies and industry partners) who have similar research interests to me.
I endeavour to enlist the help of a variety of key organisations who are involved in the investigation of terrorist incidents regarding the use of explosive devices.
Ultimately, I hope to work with those who help me to define my research, allow me to explore my ideas, and provide access to facilities (such as laboratories or data); all for purposes of mutual benefit.
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
4th Midland Student F.I.R.N Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 2009
5th European Security Research Conference, Ostend, Belgium, 2010
6th Preventing Violent Extremism Conference, London, UK, 2010
International Crime Science Conference, London, UK, 2011
19th International Association of Forensic Sciences Triennial Meeting, Madeira, Portugal, 2011
Explosives and Weapons Detection Innovative Research Call Showcase Event, London, UK, 2011