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(1) Development of next-generation analytical and data treatment approaches for enhancing possibilities in forensic profiling of chemical residues; (2) Developing new, high-throughput and comprehensive, headspace approaches for the forensic analysis of ignitable liquids

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Biography

Matteo has a comprehensive education in forensic science that he obtained at the prestigious School of Criminal Justice (Ecole des Sciences Criminelles, ESC) of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Here, he received his BSc degree in 2008 and his MSc degree in 2010, both with First Class final awards. He later enrolled for a PhD programme and obtained his degree in 2016, with a thesis on the headspace analysis of volatile gunshot residue for estimating the time since discharge of spent cartridge casings.

During his time at ESC, Matteo held the positions of Graduate Teaching Assistant, Lecturer and Part-Time Researcher. He was particularly involved in teaching chemical criminalistics, forensic ballistics and gunshot residue analysis as part of both UG and PG programmes. In addition to this, he was involved in casework as an expert witness for a number of national and international cases, as well as in the development of enhanced learning web platforms to assist students in approaching evidence interpretation.

After his PhD, Matteo was awarded a personal research fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position at King’s College London (KCL). Here, he led several research projects in forensic and environmental sciences, and was particularly involved in the development of a novel non-targeted, mass spectrometry method for the profiling of energetic materials. At the end of this two-years research stay, he joined Northumbria University in 2018, as a Senior Lecturer in forensic science.

Despite being still early on in his career, Matteo has published many papers in highly-ranked forensic and analytical journals. For his outstanding academic performance and high quality of research, he received two excellence awards, including a Faculty Prize in recognition of the exceptional results of his PhD thesis. Furthermore, he has been a Visiting Researcher at a number of police institutions, for example the Italian Carabinieri in Rome. Matteo has a successful track record in obtaining research grants and strong connections with a number of people in his field, thanks to collaborations with academic and industrial partners. He is a member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Science.

Research interests

Matteo’s research is very inter-disciplinary, spanning different disciplines such as analytical chemistry and data analytics. He is primarily involved in the development of new solutions, based on cutting-edge instrumental and/or computational methods, to improve current capabilities for the analysis of chemical traces, as well as the interpretation of related findings in a forensic context. In particular, he is interested in the identification of chemical residues in complex matrices, as well as their source attribution and association, through the application of advanced profiling techniques and machine-learning methods. Notable recent achievements include the development of an AI-driven approach for the reconstruction of mutable chemical profiles to enhance evidential linking of energetic materials in the investigation of shooting incidents and terrorist attacks. His interests further extend in the assignation of evidential values to the acquired evidence through the use of probabilistic methods.

The ultimate aim of Matteo’s research is to provide the scientific community with novel tools to enhance the information extracted from forensically-relevant materials, in order to promote the impact of chemical evidence in both investigative and judicial settings.

Further Information

Enquiries are welcome about self-funded PhD projects on the above research themes. In particular, calls are currently open for the following projects:

  1. Development of next-generation analytical and data treatment approaches for enhancing possibilities in forensic profiling of chemical residues (Ref: SF20/APP/GALLIDABINO);
  2. Developing new, high-throughput and comprehensive, headspace approaches for the forensic analysis of ignitable liquids (Ref: SF20/APP/GALLIDABINO2).

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Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, University of Lausanne

20102015

Chemistry, MSc, University of Lausanne

20082010

Chemistry, BSc (Hons), University of Lausanne

20052008

External positions

King's College London

1 Apr 201630 Nov 2017

University of Lausanne

1 Sep 201031 Oct 2015

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