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New Technology to Fight Crime and Terrorism: Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer Facilities (LA-ICP-MS)

Project Member(s): Roux, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Western Sydney University (University of Western Sydney Partner Funds)
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)
Australian Federal Police (OTHER Australian Federal Police)

Start year: 2004

Summary: Australia urgently needs new technologies to prevent and fight crime and terrorism. This equipment will address current outstanding problems in forensic science and related disciplines, namely the requirement to (1) analyse minute quantities of samples, (2) differentiate samples with similar matrices but trace differences, (3) analyse solid samples that are difficult to analyse by current techniques. This equipment is also vital for research which will improve the justice system, the quality of food and health products and increase industry competitiveness through novel industrial and environmental testing. Acquiring this infrastructure will safeguard and ensure Australia's continuing prosperity.


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Keywords: Laser Ablation, Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry, Forensic Sciences, Crime, Terrorism, Radiopharmaceuticals,

FOR Codes: Law enforcement, Scientific instrumentation, Diagnostics, Analytical Spectrometry, Detection and Prevention of Crime; Security Services, Evidence and Procedure, Human Diagnostics, Scientific Instruments, Causes and Prevention of Crime, Police Administration, Procedures and Practice, Police administration, procedures and practice