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Measurement Technology to Help Catch Crooks and Terrorists


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

RO# Location
50.64.61.B8168 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Benner, Bruce Alan 301.975.3113
MacCrehan, William Ambrose 301.975.3122
Urbas, Aaron Andrew 301.975.8791


As the premier US national measurement laboratory, NIST has increasingly been called on to provide technology and standards to support the forensic and homeland security measurement communities. The scope for novel investigations in forensic measurements is wide, but might include determination of cannabis intoxication via breath metabolites, characterization of emerging synthetic cathinones and cannabinoids, active agent determination of marijuana components, development of vapor measurement technology and canine training aid materials for drugs-of-abuse and improvised explosives, and targeted and non-targeted screening of samples/residues consisting of micrograms of material or less (i.e., trace evidence). Homeland Security related measurements might address the trace detection of explosives using instrumental techniques and canine detection. Available equipment for these investigations includes SFE, LC-QQQ-MS, GC-MS, Automated SPME, and IMS. The ultimate goal is to develop quantitative measurements, adding a new dimension to forensic evidence evaluation, increasing its reliability and defensibility in the courtroom.


Explosives; Forensics; Drugs; Cannabinoids; Homeland Security; Trace evidence;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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