About Inquifor

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.

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