Forensic Science

Research that influences policy and provides real world solutions

Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to chemical, pharmaceutical and forensic analysis.

Researchers within this group are active in several areas of chemistry and analysis associated with forensic, environmental, pharmaceutical, food and lifestyle products and biological industries and partners. Our expertise is used to develop new analytical methods and techniques as well as exploring fundamental and theoretical aspects of research across these sectors. Research outputs and implementation of expertise has been used to influence international government policy. Current group members are also actively working with police forces and forensic practitioners on research projects in order to provide real solutions

Our expertise

  • Trace metal analysis
  • Chemical development of fingerprints
  • Ballistics and gunshot residues
  • Decomposition processes and forensic ecogenomics
  • Gene expression studies and sequencing
  • Forensic microscopy
  • Chemistry and pharmacology of drugs of abuse
  • New psychoactive substances (NPS) and designer drugs
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medicines
  • Impurity profiling
  • Risk assessments
  • Drug policy-making and regulation
  • Counterfeit medicinal and food products
  • Spectroscopy


We have extensive analytical facilities within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. These include:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Gas chromatography (GC)
  • Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry (LC-MS)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)
  • X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF)
  • X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Infrared and near-infrared spectroscopy (IR and NIR)
  • Ultraviolet/visible Spectroscopy (UV/VIS)
  • Microwave analytical sample preparation and synthesis


Contact us

We offer a full range of research and consultancy services. We currently have post-doctoral and PhD researchers sponsored by local industry, international governments, and the University.

If you would like further information please contact:

Dr Simon D. Brandt

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