Who we are

Research Group in Forensic Chemistry (INQUIFOR)

About the research group:

The research group was created in 2007 in the University Institute of Research in Police Sciences (IUICP) of the University of Alcalá, in response of the growing need to apply research in experimental sciences to Forensic Sciences. Since then, the functioning of the group has been excellent. The exchange of information, opinions, and resources have made it possible to successfully carry out research projects, publications, conference papers, etc., and, above all, has formed a joint research group with members of the University of Alcalá, the Criminalistic Service of the Civil Guard, the General Commissary of Scientific Police, the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences, and the Spanish Prosecutor`s Office. This group, named INQUIFOR, was recognized by the University of Alcalá in 2010. INQUIFOR is constantly initiating contacts with other institutions and groups dealing with law enforcement, forensics and other type of research.

Research activities:

Explosives, traceability, or pollution are studied in the experimental science field to develop forensic chemistry.

University of Alcalá:

INQUIFOR belongs to the University of Alcalá, which is the centre where the group activities take place.

What do we do?

The research topic of INQUIFOR is the development of new analytical tools for the interpretation of forensic cases. Specifically:

  • – Vibrational spectroscopic approaches (Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) for the investigation of explosive residue –including gunshot residue (GSR)–, bodily fluids, toxics, etc.
  • – Electrophoretic & chromatographic techniques (High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Ionic Chromatography, High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography and Gas Chromatography) for the analysis of explosives and other samples of criminalistics interest (e.g. inks, drugs, arson residue, etc.).
  • – Atomic mass spectrometry approaches (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) for the analysis of samples of forensic interest (glass, inks, paints, paper, etc.).
  • – Molecular mass spectrometry for the analysis of military, civil and home-made (IEDs) explosives.
  • – Microscopy and imaging techniques for the investigation of samples of forensic interest (explosives, GSR, bodily fluids, glass, fibers, paper, etc.).
  • – Multivariate analysis and data mining strategies for the interpretation of data of forensic interest.











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