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BIMR SEMINAR SERIES - Bruce McCord - Florida International University

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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Professor Bruce McCord, Professor of Analytical/Forensic Chemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Title: Microfluidic and Nanotechnological Developments in Forensic Science

The development of microfluidic and nanoscale methods in analytical chemistry has great potential to influence the future of forensic science, through reduction of the scale of instrumentation and by improving the sensitivity of detection.  In particular there is great interest in moving chemical analysis from the laboratory to out in the field.   In this presentation, the author will discuss research into forensic applications of nanotechnology which have the potential to improve chemical analysis of crime scene samples.  This will include paper and glass microfluidic devices for drug, DNA and explosives analysis and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for applications in toxicological investigations.

Bruce R. McCord is a Professor of Analytical and Forensic Chemistry at Florida International University. Dr. McCord received a BS in Chemistry with honors from the College of William and Mary in 1981, and a Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. His research interests involve forensic genetics, toxicology, and explosives residue detection. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and his research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, TSWG, the Department of Homeland Security and various industrial concerns. He serves as deputy editor for the journal ELECTROPHORESIS and is also member of the scientific advisory board of the Green Mountain DNA Conference and the Biological Methods subcommittee of the OSAC. In 2008 he was awarded the Paul Kirk Award of the Criminalistics Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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