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Nadia Abdul-Karim

PhD TITLE

Determining the dispersal and deposition of condensed phase cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine explosive residues during and post-detonation for effective sampling procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS

BSc Forensic Science (Hons) (2009)
MRes Security and Crime Science (Distinction) (2011)

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

UK

More info about me: uk.linkedin.com/pub/nadia-abdul-karim/48/660/816/

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. The encouragement to attend conferences and showcase research internationally was also great.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research involves the controlled detonations of various commercial and military explosives in order to assess the formation, dispersal and deposition of the solid residues which remain after firing. The distribution of these particles impacts forensic procedures when these materials are used illegally and environmental protocols when they are used for industrial applications.

I plan, risk assess and co-ordinate experiments on multiple firing ranges with government and other academic organisations. I employ a range of analytical techniques to characterise the morphologies, chemical characteristics and quantities of the residues including SEM-EDX, chromatography, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry amongst others.

I am also using the empirial data to model the particle distributions in collaboration with a European Defence Agency.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

I'm involved in numerous public engagement activities throughout UCL including being a London Science Busker, Institute of Making Volunteer, Science Outreach Communicator and Brilliant Club Tutor. I won the 2013 UCL Provost's award for Public Engagement.

I am also a committee member of the Shock Waves and Extreme Conditions (SWEC) group at the Institute of Physics.

I like spending my free time exploring London with friends, catching up with family and travelling.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I would like to continue working in the energetic materials research field, either in academia or industry.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Abdul-Karim, N., Morgan, R., Binions, R., Temple, T. and Harrison, K. (2013), The Spatial Distribution of Postblast RDX Residue: Forensic Implications. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58: 365–371. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12045

Four articles in press - to be updated soon

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

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

ANZFSS International Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 2012