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Expert in Trace Detection, Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS), Forensic Analysis of Narcotics, Explosives, etc.

Expert ID: 724071 Massachusetts, USA

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Expert has been involved in analytical chemistry since before college graduation. He has 5 years of clinical chemistry, 15 years of forensic chemistry focusing on toxicology and narcotic identification.

Expert has 25 years of hands-on experience with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation. He has both a practical and specialized background analyzing a wide variety of products. Has solved problems with basic chemistry issues relating to instrumental analysis. He has performed basic to advanced trouble-shooting of various instrumentation. His most recent 10 years has been as part of teams designing and building instrumentation, primarily detectors for explosives, narcotics and chemical agents, based on ion mobility spectrometry. Most recently as the director of a group working to build a successful detector, for the previously mentioned contraband based on microcantilever technology.

Expert has 15 years of experience as a forensic chemist for a state police agency. His analytical testing abilities have with stood trial by fire in many cases involving analysis of narcotics and other substances important to criminal investigations and subsequent prosecutions. He has also been intimately involved in training subordinates in various analytical techniques.

Expert has over 30 years of experience in his degreed field. He has six years of experience working in clinical chemistry before obtaining his BS in Chemistry. He has worked in various fields of chemistry all involving analytical methods.

Expert was promoted to a senior position within one year of starting with the state police and subsequently was a supervisor in the narcotics identification laboratory. He brought the practice of micro-analysis into the lab, he is a primary principle in the development of instrumentation applications within the crime-lab. Has testified in over 100 trials as an expert in the analysis of substances of forensic interest.

As a forensic chemist the expert was required to defend his analysis in court. Identification of substances had to be beyond question. Expert has 15 years of hands-on experience with GC/MS as a basic work tool.

Since 1998, Expert has worked exclusively in all aspects of new analytical instrument development exclusively for the detection of trace quantities of explosives, narcotics and chemical agents for law enforcement and homeland security. He worked successfully with a wide variety of other professionals as a team member. He liaisoned between the customer/user and the members of the development team. The ion mobility spectrometer is currently the chosen method for trace detection of contraband by homeland security. He is currently the director of a sensor group developing a new detection technology based on microcantilevers. He is responsible for all aspects of the development and research for this development task. It is considered a disruptive technology.

Expert is very familiar with qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis. As a forensic chemist it was well understood that all analysis had the potential to be defended in court.

He was involved with the initial prototyping of a new sensor based on microcantilevers. He was subsequently hired full time as a director for this program. He aided in the application of several gov grants by writing key sections describing the theory and description of proposed work.Has worked for several lawyers involved with criminal prosecution and defense cases, civil complaint cases involved with compliance and environmental issues.He is presently consulting as an explosive expert for a former employer. Also prepares samples and interprets data for the same employer.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Hartford, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry, synthetic organic Institution: Boston College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Chemist Department: Instrument development, trace detection Responsibilities:
Years: 1998 to 2004 Employer: Massachusetts Company Title: Senior chemist Department: Instrument development, trace detection Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1998 Employer: Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory Title: Senior Chemist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1983 to 1984 Employer: Biomeasure, Inc Title: Synthetic Chemist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: Schuster, Inc Title: Analytical Chemist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1976 to 1982 Employer: Carney Hosp & Children's Hosp Title: Lab Tech Department: Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1984 to 1998 Agency: Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory Role: Senior Chemist Description: Promoted to Senior Chemist within 4 months. Responsible for the analysis of confiscated narcotics and other contraband. Developed and instituted policies and procedures still in use. Supervised & trained subordinate chemists. Prepared reports and testified as an expert in confiscated narcotics and their analysis.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1998 to 2004 Country / Region: Cambridge, UK Summary: The company he worked for had an office in the UK. Expert was in constant communication with this group and traveled routinely to this location and many more around the EU.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ACS, IEEE, AAFS
Licenses / Certifications
Massachusetts Notary Public
Massachusetts Certified Competent Blaster

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has testified in over 100 cases in both state and federal cases. He has been accepted as an expert in the analysis of narcotics and other contraband for criminal prosecution. Also as an expert in the analysis of chemicals in various body fluids.
Training / Seminars
He developed & taught narcotic field testing and breathalyzer use state and local police. He has developed and taught the practical use of IMS instruments to all levels of law enforcement in the United States and in many other countries.
Vendor Selection
He routinely investigates vendors for chemicals and the like. He also routinely is responsible locating and building relationships with many OEMs for components to use in trace detection instruments.
Marketing Experience
He has been actively engaged in all aspects developing scientific instruments for use by law enforcement personnel. Uses his experience as a forensic chemist for 15 years to help development the instruments and how they are expected to be used. Is involved with instrument development from the point of view as a user.
Other Relevant Experience
Is considered an expert in all aspects of trace detection. Has an extensive knowledge of sample collection and analysis. Has a strong synthetic background.

Fields of Expertise

analytical chemistry, analytical chemistry instrument, chemical analysis, analytical testing, breathalyzer, breathalyzer analysis, chemistry, forensic chemistry, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, new product development, explosives trace detection, ion mobility spectrometer, qualitative chemical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, homeland, gunshot residue, alcohol toxicology, aircraft explosion, homeland security, chemical analysis instrumentation design, new consumer product development, chemical compatibility, ammonium nitrate, analytical monitoring, chemical interaction, chemical analyzer, gunpowder, explosion technology, amine analysis, chlorine analysis, ammonium perchlorate, analytical test, chemical instrument, microchemical analysis, analyte, explosion hazard, chemical indicator, explosion test facility, cellulose nitrate, microanalysis, chemical technology innovation, chemical technology, electroexplosives nondestructive testing, chemical research and development, environmental analytical chemistry, explosion safety and hazards analysis, energetic material technology, hazardous chemical analysis, explosive chemical compound, explosive device design, chemical testing laboratory, chemical analysis separation, high nitrogen content energetic material, pyrotechnic device, gas analysis, chemical reagent, analytical reagent, new product development management, ammunition, tetryl, explosive material, analysis technique, explosion, trace analysis, plastic explosive, photoflash ammunition, nondestructive testing, explosive device, explosive environmental effect, electroexplosive device, analytical chemistry distillation, hydrazine, computerized analytical instrumentation, chemical autoanalysis

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