Chemical Criminalistics

We are part of the criminalistics branch and are industry leaders in providing specialised forensic analysis for ignitable liquids, explosives, trace evidence and gunshot residue. 

Our state-of-the-art chemical criminalistics laboratory features: 

  • dedicated search suites and microscope suite
  • wet chemistry area with extensive analytical capabilities
  • specialist chemical warfare agent capabilities
  • dedicated gunshot residue testing suite 

It is staffed by highly trained scientific experts who: 

  • examine intricate forensic trace evidence samples from a wide range of criminal matters and incidents, including arson, homicide, kidnapping, serious assault, sexual assault, gang-related and organised crime, and terrorism incidents 
  • produce highly informative reports on casework findings
  • provide expert evidence on all elements of forensic trace investigations
  • respond to sample testing stemming from a potential chemical warfare threat

Our gunshot residue team analyse and interpret evidence relating to firearms chemistry including:

  • analysis of samples from the hands and clothing of suspects of shooting incidents.
  • comparison of gunshot residue composition from suspect samples with related fired cartridge cases when available 

Our ignitable liquids & explosives team is part of the Chemical Warfare Agent Laboratories Network.  We analyse fire scene debris for possible ignitable liquid residues as well as offering:

  • collection kits for analysis of ignitable liquid residues from scenes and the hands of suspects.
  • analysis and identification of trace and bulk explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics.
  • analysis and identification of riot control agents.
  • analysis of suspected chemical warfare agents.

Our trace evidence team analyses and interprets traditional trace evidence types including fibres, paint, glass and hair. We also analyse miscellaneous materials including tapes, plastics, adhesives, cosmetic traces and lubricants as well as assisting with identification of unknown chemicals and materials.

If you would like any more information please contact Dr Stephanie Hales p. 9646 0404