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Overview

The Centre for Forensic Science has a demonstrated track record of collaborative research with Australian and international organisations and industries, ranging from law enforcement agencies and other public services in analytical and petroleum companies.

The Centre hosts more than 25 PhD students in Forensic Science, and produced 28 PhD graduates since 2002.

Recent examples include:

  • Development of novel methods for the detection of latent fingermarks (e.g. immunogenic reagents, nanotechnology approaches, chemical imaging, field-based techniques), in collaboration with law enforcement organisations and partner academic institutions;
  • National Institute of Forensic Science-led project entitled building illicit drugs forensic capacity in Australia (funded by the Attorney- General’s Department); National Institute of Forensic Science’s innovation pilot project on explosives analysis, with the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force and two other Australian tertiary institutions;
  • Four separate projects funded by the National Security Science & Technology unit of the Australian Prime Minister & Cabinet,
  • one project led by UTS with the Australian Federal Police and others (lab-on-a-chip), two projects led by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in nuclear forensics, and one by the Biometrics Institute (fingerprint identification vulnerability);
  • Novel research into forensic intelligence in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police and a number of police forces in Australia and overseas, and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Equipment

The Centre for Forensic Science (CFS) members work within UTS Science’s state of the art forensic and imaging laboratories, which comes with many sophisticated and cutting-edge instruments.

UTS Science has invested millions in forensic and analytical instruments and equipments. This is a continuing commitment to ensure our students, researchers and academics have the right and appropriate tools to conduct their research.

Some relevant examples of these equipments include:

  • Scanning electron microscope set up for gunshot residues analysis
  • Comparison microscopes
  • An ‘automatic fibre finder’
  • Forensic imaging systems, including Rofin Poliview stystem and Foster & Freeman VSC
  • UV-visible-NIR microspectrometer
  • Raman microprobe
  • Hyperspectral infrared imaging
  • Fourier-Transform infrared microspectrometer
  • Laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometers
  • Accurate mass quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometers
  • Advanced separation techniques such as liquid chromatography and microfluidic electrophoresis
  • DNA sequencing infrastructure