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Forensic explosives analysis

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Robust and reliable forensic analysis is important for criminal cases in which the misuse of explosives or other energetic materials is suspected. The outcomes of such analysis can help to direct investigations and, ultimately, support the Criminal Justice System through expert testimony. In the mainland UK, forensic analysis of explosive materials is undertaken by the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL), part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Prior to joining the SMF Group in 2019, Mike was the Technical Lead for Capability Development at FEL and, in particular, was heavily involved in the development and validation of the tools and techniques used across the laboratory. In this talk, Mike will discuss some of the projects he has been involved with throughout his career and the unique challenges of delivering research and development in a forensic context. In so doing, he will explain some aspects of explosives chemistry as well as relevant analytical techniques and the communication of results to the Criminal Justice System.

This talk is part of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Group series.

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