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Research Biography

I have been involved in forensic science as a forensic chemist in one capacity or another since 1985. My first placement was at Forensic Science SA where I worked as a toxicologist, illicit drugs analyst, clandestine drug lab investigator and a trace evidence examiner. I then moved into management and became, over time, the supervisor of the chemistry group, the quality manager and finally the Assistant Director-Science, a position where I was responsible for management of quality, information systems and research.

In 2006 I took up a position with the National Institute of Forensic Science in Melbourne as the Manager of Business Programs. In that role my responsibilities were to initiate and manage forensic science research projects on a national basis.

In 2008 I commenced as Chief Scientist with the Forensic and Data Centres portfolio of the Australian Federal Police, a position where I was again responsible for research management and quality management.

Research Interests

In general terms, my overall aim in research is to develop new techniques, new knowledge and new technologies that can be directly applied in the improvement of forensic science practice.

In particular my current interests include the following:

  • Environmental impacts of clandestine drug laboratories
  • Measurement of community illicit drug consumption via wastewater analysis
  • By-products in the synthesis of illicit drugs and their criminal intelligence value
  • By-products in the synthesis of explosives and their criminal intelligence value
  • Applications of microanalytical techniques to the analysis of trace evidence (including time of flight secondary ionization mass spectrometry, desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, infrared microspectroscopy, UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, Raman and enhanced Raman techniques, stable isotope measurements)
  • Chemical characterization of organic and inorganic gunshot residues
  • Evidence assessment and presentation

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Mar 1983

Bachelor, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Mar 1978

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Explosives
  • Gunshot Residues
  • Glass
  • Paint
  • Fibres

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Research Output

An assessment of tape-lifts

Kanokwongnuwut, P., Paul Kirkbride, K. & Linacre, A., Jul 2020, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 47, 7 p., 102292.

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  • Detecting latent DNA in wildlife forensic science investigations

    Kanokwongnuwut, P., Kirkbride, K. P. & Linacre, A., Jul 2020, In : Science and Justice. 60, 4, p. 358-362 5 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Examination of gunshot residue arising from shotgun cartridges containing steel, bismuth or tungsten pellets

    Hallett, J., Stolk, M., Cook, M. & Kirkbride, K. P., Jan 2020, In : Forensic Science International. 306, 5 p., 110096.

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  • Speed of accumulation of DNA in a fingermark

    Kanokwongnuwut, P., Kirkbride, P. & Linacre, A., 3 May 2020, In : Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 52, 3, p. 293-302 10 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Successful STR amplification of post-blast IED samples by fluorescent visualisation and direct PCR

    Martin, B., Kanokwongnuwut, P., Taylor, D., Kirkbride, K. P., Armitt, D. & Linacre, A., May 2020, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 46, 8 p., 102256.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

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