The research team in Forensic Chemistry (INQUIFOR, www.inquifor.com) at the University of Alcalá is constituted by an interdisciplinary group of professional and researchers with extensive experience in the chemistry, biological and pharmaceutical sciences and engineering.
The purpose of INQUIFOR is to provide knowledge to forensic science using analytical tools. INQUIFOR’s research work includes both basic and applied lines. In the former, the development of analytical methods and tools for the analysis of different compounds and samples is pursued. The applied line is undertaking new applications for pioneering in-house methods/tools to study explosives and post-blast residues, to perform traceability studies on post-blast explosives residues, and to identify smart drugs in drinks, and inks in questioned documents.
This group combines, on the one hand, the training and research capabilities of the members from the University of Alcalá and, on the other hand, the technical instructions and scientific skills of the members of the Spanish Security Forces (Criminalistic Service and Scientific Police). INQUIFOR is currently attending as guest partner to the FINEX and EDEWG meetings, which are organized by specialized working groups belonging to ENFSI. Nowadays INQUIFOR is collaborating with the Vries University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Lausanne and Basel Universities (Switzerland), MaxPlank Institute (Germany), University of Vigo (Spain) and the “Instituto Tecnológico de la Marañosa (Spain). Our purpose is to open new collaboration frameworks with other universities and research groups.
The research topics of INQUIFOR are focused in the development of new analytical tools useful for the final interpretation of forensic cases, specifically:
- Methodologies by capillary electrophoresis and chromatographic techniques (high performance liquid chromatography, ionic chromatography, high performance thin layer chromatography and gas chromatography).
- Methodologies by vibrational spectroscopic techniques: Raman, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) by means of colloids of metal nanoparticles, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.
- Methodologies by atomic mass spectrometry (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry).
- Methodologies by molecular mass spectrometry.
- Methodologies by microscopy.
- Chemometric strategies for the interpretation of data of forensic interest.
Raman spectroscopy is a vibrational technique that measures the scattered light produced by a sample after exposition to a laser source. Its potential and limitations for the identification of explosives will be examined […]
The summer course 2013 (Solving Chemical-Forensic Problems / Resolución de Problemas Químico-Forenses) was very well accepted and got good comments from those who attended to it. Photo Gallery The presentations are grouped in […]
La Noche de los Investigadores Madrid 2013 es un proyecto europeo de divulgación científica enmarcado en el Programa PEOPLE del 7º Programa Marco de la UE, promovido por la Consejería de Educación, Juventud […]
Lugar de realización (facultad y aula): Salón de Actos, Aula 1 de Informática, y Laboratorio del IUICP para Química Forense del Edificio de Ciencias de la Universidad de Alcalá y Comisaria General de […]
We started another European Project: HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/CBRN/4000003800. Exchange of explosives data to make a comprehensive database through police laboratories cooperation
The exchange of information among police laboratories is important to improve their current methods and favour harmonization among laboratories. A secure website is proposed as platform to exchange explosives data in order to […]
We started a new European Project: HOME/2011/ISEC/AG. NEW IDENTIFICATION METHODS OF IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES AND POST-BLAST RESIDUES BY RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY TO PREVENT CRIMINAL ACTIONS
The development of methods capable to detect explosives in intact samples and post-blast residues is important in different EU action plans (EU CBRN Action Plan of 2009 and EU Action Plan for the […]