UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences


Other forensic trace evidence research

We’re always on the look out for innovative new research that can push the boundaries of what we know in the forensic sciences. Given that every crime scene is different, there are a myriad of trace materials that could be used in a case if we only knew if they could be useful in determining the identity or location of a person or thing in a case.

Much of our research is in forensic geoscience, where we study environmental materials, trace DNA or explosives and gunshot residue. However, our innovative research approach ensures we’re also investigating such trace evidence as how fragrance and perfume can be used in a forensic investigation or how we can use trace amounts of drugs to reconstruct a crime event. Understanding how all trace evidence behaves in real life is essential and our research focuses on how it transfers spatially and how long it persists.