Forensic Chemistry Guest Speaker in Science

We were again privileged in Science this week to have another expert talk to our Integrated Science and Chemistry students. Associate Professor Simon Lewis, the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Forensic Investigation Course Coordinator at Curtin University, enlightened our students on the different ways in which Chemistry can help to solve crimes.

Simon is an expert in his field and has previously received recognition having won the award for Teaching Excellence in the 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards for University Teaching.

Simon is an active researcher in the fields of analytical and forensic chemistry and currently leads the Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Research Group. His research interests can be split into three broad areas:

  • Improved separation and detection for forensic analysis. This includes applications of chemiluminescence to the detection of drugs and explosives, capillary electrophoresis for the rapid separation of illicit substances and entomotoxicology.
  • Decomposition chemistry and chemical estimation of time since death. This is a developing area in collaboration with researchers in Victoria and Canada.
  • Chemical methods for the enhancement and visualisation of marks and impressions.

Tamara Weston
Koolyangarra House Coordinator
Science Teacher