I have a background in synthetic main group chemistry, with an emphasis on sulfur and selenium nitrides. Some 8 years ago serendipity lead us to forensic work, and since then I have worked with the Home Office, DSTL etc on a range of issues that use lateral thinking chemistry to address important issues, primarily in the remit of fingerprint development. In addition to this, the fact that many of the compounds I used previously were friction sensitive explosives (such as tetraselenium tetranitride) has allowed diversification into collaboration with the strong analytical prowess here at Loughborough, in order to address the issue of improvised explosives such as TATP.

Experience

  • 1994–present
    Reader, Loughborough University

Education

  • 1987 
    Imperial College, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • FRSC

Honours

FRSC