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Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Microplastic particles
FTIR microscopy of street drugs

1994 …2020

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Area of academic expertise - outline

Teaching in forensic science and organic chemistry. Research activity focuses on applications  of chemical techniques to forensic and environmental science. Especially infrared spectroscopy and microscopy for the identification of trace evidence and microplastics.  Quantitative NMR techniques for the analysis of drugs and fuels.

Involved in chemistry outreach to schools and wider public 

Current research activities

Recovery and spectroscopic identification of microplastic particles

Recovery and identification of trace evidence by infrared micro-spectrophotometry

Forensic analysis of Biodiesel 


Desired research direction

Analysis of microplastics in the environment

Forensic applications of FTIR Microscopy

Forensic analysis of fatty acid methyl esters


Target collaborative organisations

Seeking collaborations with forensic science practitioners and environmental scientists



Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, University of Stirling

1 Sept 201831 Aug 2022


  • QD Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microplastics
  • spectrophotometer
  • Forensic Science
  • green


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