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 Science. 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 Criminalistics Service of Guardia Civil and the Scientific Police. 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:

  • – Methodologies by capillary electrophoresis for the determination of organic and inorganic components of military, civil and home-made (IEDs) explosives.
  • – Methodologies by 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, etc.).
  • – Methodologies by vibrational spectroscopic techniques (Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) for the analysis of explosives and other samples of criminalistics interest (gunshot residue, etc.).
  • – Methodologies by atomic mass spectrometry (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry) for the analysis of samples of forensic interest (glass, inks, paints, paper, etc.).
  • – Methodologies by molecular mass spectrometry for the analysis of military, civil and home-made (IEDs) explosives.
  • – Methodologies by microscopy for the analysis of samples of forensic interest (glass, fibres, paper, etc.).
  • – Chemometric strategies for the interpretation of data of forensic interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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