The research team in Forensic Chemistry (INQUIFOR, www.inquifor.com) at the University of Alcalá is constituted by an interdisciplinary group of professional researchers with extensive experience in chemistry, biological and pharmaceutical sciences and engineering.
The purpose of INQUIFOR is to face current challenges in different forensic science areas where chemistry or analytical tools may play some role. Thus, INQUIFOR’s research work includes both basic and applied research. This research is mainly performed at the University Institute of Research in Police Sciences (www.uah.es/iuicp/).
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 investigation skills and background of members of the Spanish Security Force Agencies (Criminalistic Service of Guardia Civil, General Commissary of Scientific Police) and Judicial system (National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences and Prosecutor´s office). INQUIFOR is currently attending as guest partner to some specialized working groups meetings belonging to ENFSI. Nowadays INQUIFOR is collaborating with certain European (University of Coimbra, Portugal; Aventure AB, Sweden; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany; BrukerDaltonics, Germany; Ecole des Sciences Criminelles, University of Lausane, Switzerland; King’ Colleague London, United Kingdom; Chargé de Recherche CNRS, France; University of Lorraine, France; Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, Germany; Basel University, Switzerland; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; University of Murcia; University of Málaga; Complutense University of Madrid; and the “Instituto Tecnológico de la Marañosa, all these last in Spain) and American institutions (University of New York and University at Albany-SUNY, USA; Policía de Chile, Chile; Universida de Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil). We want to emphasize that our win-win philosophy intends to open new collaboration frameworks with other universities & research groups as well as other law enforcement or judicial agencies. Thus far, our major research achievements in the Forensic Science field are summarized as follows:
– A high impact research on gunshot residues enabling the pioneering traceability among the residues and the used ammunition (AnalChem2012), showing that there is not a weapon memory effect (ForSciInt2013).
– Novel methodologies to analyse smokeless gunpowders (AnalChimActa2011; AnalChimActa2012_1; AnalChimActa2012_2), dynamites (AnalChem2012; JSepSci2011), Molotov Cocktails (AnalMethods2012; Sci&Just2013), and consumer fireworks (Electrophoresis 2014) evidence.
– Advanced data treatments to classify the electrophoretic profiling of explosive and non-explosive nitrocellulose based samples (JChromA2012) and benzodiazepine drugs (Electrophoresis2014).
– Study of plastic bags as storage containers for dynamites as forensic evidence (ForSciInt2011; ForSciInt2013).
– Innovative approaches to differentiate the sequencing of intersecting ink lines in questioned documents (ForSciInt2013; TRAC2013).
– Useful methods to discriminate ballpoint pens (ForSciInt2013) and glass fragments (AnalMethods2013) evidences in forensic laboratories.
Additionally, our group is currently doing some research activities for the differentiation of biological fluids stains and tissues, fabrics and fibres, as well as preliminary approaches to study digital signatures counterfeit.
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