About the Project
This project aims to develop new, high-performant, headspace extraction approaches for the analysis of ILs, in order to provide forensic scientists with better tools to assist law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fire-related incidents. Particular focus will be placed on dynamic in-tube extraction (ITEX) coupled with gas chromatography. Previous works, indeed, have shown that this novel technique may offer enhanced performance (in terms of analytical sensitivity, comprehensiveness and rapidity) for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in a large range of different matrices. Its potential for the forensic detection and profiling of ILs and related residues will therefore be further explored throughout the project, in order to objectively assess the method’s added value compared to currently available approaches and optimise an easy-to-use solution for implementation in operational contexts. Application of the optimised method to different scenarios and for different purposes, such as transfer and persistence studies, will then also be investigated. This will allow new and fundamental knowledge about the nature of ILs to be collected, which will directly be helpful to forensic scientists for the evidential assessment of analytical findings. The expected outcome is an improvement of current protocols for ILs analysis, as well as enhanced understanding of the chemical behaviour of related residues.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications should include a covering letter that includes a short summary (500 words max.) of a relevant piece of research that you have previously completed and the reasons you consider yourself suited to the project. Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF20/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 1st July for October start, or 1st December for March start
Start Date: October or March
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
Informal enquiries to Dr Matteo Gallidabino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gallidabino, M., Romolo, F.S., & Weyermann, C. (2015). Characterization of volatile organic gunshot residues in fired handgun cartridges by headspace sorptive extraction. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 407(23), 7123-7134. DOI: 10.1007/s00216-015-8874-0
Gallidabino, M., Romolo, F.S., Bylenga, K., & Weyermann, C. (2014). Development of a novel headspace sportive extraction method to study the aging of volatile compounds in spent handgun cartridges. Analytical Chemistry, 86, 4471-4478. DOI: 10.1021/ac5004568
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