The effect of higher sensitivity on the evidential value of traces in forensic chemistry
The production, distribution, sale and use of illicit materials is a big problem in society, with considerable effect on public health and safety. There is great demand for better and more R&D for the analysis of illicit materials and the use thereof in the criminal justice system. In this presentation we will discuss the effect of an increased sensitivity in some analytical methods on the evidential value in forensic chemistry. We will show the results of the studies we have carried out over the past few years on the analysis of illicit materials in a forensic setting.
About the speaker
After a position at Pfizer (Sandwich, UK) and Specs Compound Handling (Delft, NL) Marcel de Puit went to work for the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) as the Research Lead for Fingerprint Research in 2007. From 2015 he has been a part-time Associate Professor at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).
His experience in research started at the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK) with a R&D traineeship as part of his BSc-studies, under the supervision of prof. P. J. Kocienski. After completing his BSc-degree De Puit took up a PhD position at the University of Leeds, UK, again under the supervision of prof. Kocienski.