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Paula Tarttelin

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Assessing the feasibility of using gas sensors for the detection of drugs of abuse in breath

PREVIOUS DEGREE

BSc Forensic Science - University of Kent, Canterbury
MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Control - King's College London

PREVIOUS JOBS

I worked at the Healthy Infrastructure Research Centre at UCL. My work there focussed on investigating the use of surrogates of infectious agents in air.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Barcelona, Spain

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

I applied for the Security Science DTC because it would enable me to continue in the field that is of utmost interest to me. It would, in addition, allow me to respond to the rewarding and challenging aspects of the programme, the results of which will hopefully contribute to the search for solutions regarding criminal problems in society.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

-Qualitative and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry applied to Forensic Science
-Materials Chemistry, in particular developing a new, portable, gas sensor device to detect and quantify illicit materials (drugs/explosives)
-Improving current detection methods for the analysis of drugs/ explosives.
-Better understanding the activities involved in illegal trafficking of materials

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

I love catching up with my friends but I also enjoy travelling, reading, learning new languages and going to the gym.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

After working for a certain amount of time in the area of gas sensors, I would then like to pursue an opportunity working in real-case scenarios for the police at an international level. However, I would also consider staying in academia so as to continue my research.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

I would like to work with any organisation or partners that share my research interests. However, I would be particularly interested in working with the Home Office or with European government departments.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

None to date

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Future Security Conference, Bonn (2012)

IDRN Conference: Healthcare associated infections of the future - rising to the challenge (2011)

UKIEG Conference: Indoor Environments, Health and Wellbeing (2011)