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Emerging Forensic Research Series: Forensic Chemistry - Archival
Forensic science research and development plays a key role in the advancement of the practice of forensic science, as noted by the 2009 National Academies of Science report “Strengthening Forensic Sciences in the United States: A Path Forward.”
Original Live Webinar took place on 04/04/2019

The Emerging Webinar Series provides a platform for researchers to present their novel NIJ-supported research to the forensic community. While this research presented may be ongoing, this series presents a unique opportunity for researchers to connect and discuss the impact of their research, early research outcomes, challenges, and technology transition pathways. During this webinar, each presenter will provide a brief overview of their research topic and address questions from attendees during a Q&A session.

In this installment of the Emerging Research series, four researchers presented their current research in the forensic chemistry discipline. Dr. Frederique Deiss presented on electrochemical paper-based sensors for the trace detection of explosive compounds at a crime scene. Next, Dr. John Goodpaster presented on Coupling Gas Chromatography (GC) and Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy for forensic applications. We also had Dr. Igor Lednev present his research on the Raman spectroscopy methods for analyzing body fluid traces, and our final presenter was Dr. Christopher Palenik discussing the development of an objective approach for the characterization and interpretation of paint evidence by SEM/EDS.

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1) An overview of three NIJ-supported emerging research projects in the forensic chemistry discipline and their progress

2) Potential impact of these research projects to the forensic community

3) Discussion of next steps and transition of this research into the forensic community.

This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the Live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Multiple Forensic Practitioners
Dr. Frederique Deiss - Assistant Professor - Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Dr. John Goodpaster - Associate Professor - Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Dr. Igor Lednev - Professor - University of Albany

Dr. Christopher Palenik - Research Microscopist at Microtrace