Explosions & Explosives
Both for forensic pre and post explosion investigations there is a need for rapid, non-invasive detection and characterization of explosives and explosive residues at the incident scene. This aids decision making (neutralization and evacuation) in case of intact IEDs and sampling strategies for lab analysis and forensic reconstruction (bomb location) in case of a post explosion scene.
Recently the group of prof Karolien de Wael of the University of Antwerp developed and designed a novel platform for the rapid and field deployable electrochemical detection and characterization of drugs of abuse. Especially in combination with existing colorimetric tests this could yield robust chemical identification strategies. The NFI and the University of Antwerp have started a collaboration to look into the possibility to use this platform in the field of forensic explosives investigations. A MSc co-internship project with a MSc student from the University of Antwerp looking into the electrochemistry and a MFS student from the University of Amsterdam focusing on the forensic applicability is available. In addition to a first proof of principle demonstration, the internships will address the following questions :
Basic understanding on forensic chemistry, analytical chemistry and electrochemistry is recommended.
|Institute:||University of Antwerp|
Biomedical Engineering & Physics
|Supervisor :||Dr. Mats de Jong, Prof dr Karolien de Wael|
Dr Mattijs Koeberg, Dr Annemieke Hulsbergen
|UvA Examinator||Arian van Asten|
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