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Jose Almirall

Title: Director for the Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science, Professor

Office: AHC4 361

Phone: 305-348-3917


Specialty: Director of the Trace Evidence Analysis Facility (TEAF)

Department(s): International Forensic Research Institute, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lab: CP 194 — 305-348-6657

Lab: OE 130 — 305-348-0145

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  • B.S., Florida International University
  • M.S., University of Miami
  • Ph.D., University of Strathclyde

Research Areas

Development and application of analytical chemistry tools to enhance the value of scientific evidence.

Detection and identification of organic compounds of forensic interest such as controlled substances and explosives in the field or through use of field-portable detectors such as Ion Mobility Spectrometers. Coupling of SPME to IMS for detection of odor compounds of drugs and explosives.

Development of methodology for the characterization of materials using elemental analysis, specifically the determination of ultra-trace quantities of metals in glass and other matrices using LA-ICP-MS, u-XRF and LIBS. Fundamental improvement in LIBS analysis of materials including the use of double-pulsed and microwave-assisted experiments.