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 Expert  724071

Expert in Trace Detection, Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS), Forensic Analysis of Narcotics, Explosives, etc.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has been involved in analytical chemistry since before college graduation. He has 5 years of clinical chemistry, 15 years of forensic chemistry focusing on toxicology and narcotic identification.

Expert has 25 years of hands-on experience with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation. He has both a practical and specialized background analyzing a wide variety of products. Has solved problems with basic chemistry issues relating to instrumental analysis. He has performed basic to advanced trouble-shooting of various instrumentation. His most recent 10 years has been as part of teams designing and building instrumentation, primarily detectors for explosives, narcotics and chemical agents, based on ion mobility spectrometry. Most recently as the director of a group working to build a successful detector, for the previously mentioned contraband based on microcantilever technology.

Expert has 15 years of experience as a forensic chemist for a state police agency. His analytical testing abilities have with stood trial by fire in many cases involving analysis of narcotics and other substances important to criminal investigations and subsequent prosecutions. He has also been intimately involved in training subordinates in various analytical techniques.

Expert has over 30 years of experience in his degreed field. He has six years of experience working in clinical chemistry before obtaining his BS in Chemistry. He has worked in various fields of chemistry all involving analytical methods.

Expert was promoted to a senior position within one year of starting with the state police and subsequently was a supervisor in the narcotics identification laboratory. He brought the practice of micro-analysis into the lab, he is a primary principle in the development of instrumentation applications within the crime-lab. Has testified in over 100 trials as an expert in the analysis of substances of forensic interest.

As a forensic chemist the expert was required to defend his analysis in court. Identification of substances had to be beyond question. Expert has 15 years of hands-on experience with GC/MS as a basic work tool.

Since 1998, Expert has worked exclusively in all aspects of new analytical instrument development exclusively for the detection of trace quantities of explosives, narcotics and chemical agents for law enforcement and homeland security. He worked successfully with a wide variety of other professionals as a team member. He liaisoned between the customer/user and the members of the development team. The ion mobility spectrometer is currently the chosen method for trace detection of contraband by homeland security. He is currently the director of a sensor group developing a new detection technology based on microcantilevers. He is responsible for all aspects of the development and research for this development task. It is considered a disruptive technology.

Expert is very familiar with qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis. As a forensic chemist it was well understood that all analysis had the potential to be defended in court.


analytical chemistry


analytical chemistry instrument


chemical analysis


analytical testing




breathalyzer analysis




forensic chemistry


gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


new product development


explosives trace detection


ion mobility spectrometer


qualitative chemical analysis


quantitative chemical analysis

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1980   BS   Chemistry, synthetic organic   Boston College   Sigma Xi

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

2004 to




Instrument development, trace detection


Senior Chemist


1998 to 2004




Instrument development, trace detection


Senior chemist


1984 to 1998


Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory



Senior Chemist


1983 to 1984


Biomeasure, Inc



Synthetic Chemist


1982 to 1983


Schuster, Inc



Analytical Chemist


1976 to 1982


Carney Hosp & Children's Hosp



Lab Tech


Career Accomplishments:



Massachusetts Notary Public Massachusetts Certified Competent Blaster

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1984 to 1998   Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory   Senior Chemist   Promoted to Senior Chemist within 4 months. Responsible for the analysis of confiscated narcotics and other contraband. Developed and instituted policies and procedures still in use. Supervised & trained subordinate chemists. Prepared reports and testified as an expert in confiscated narcotics and their analysis.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was involved with the initial prototyping of a new sensor based on microcantilevers. He was subsequently hired full time as a director for this program. He aided in the application of several gov grants by writing key sections describing the theory and description of proposed work.
  • Has worked for several lawyers involved with criminal prosecution and defense cases, civil complaint cases involved with compliance and environmental issues.
  • He is presently consulting as an explosive expert for a former employer. Also prepares samples and interprets data for the same employer.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on cloroform
  • Expert for consulting on Contamination.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has testified in over 100 cases in both state and federal cases. He has been accepted as an expert in the analysis of narcotics and other contraband for criminal prosecution. Also as an expert in the analysis of chemicals in various body fluids.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Drug analyst expert witnessneeded to opine on quality & quantity of druges seized.
  • Breathalyzer expert for consulting on litigation involving an Alcotest 9510 and a rescue inhaler.
  • Expert in the garment industry wholesalers litigation case.
  • Expert for consulting on Breathalyzer Test.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1998 to 2004   Cambridge, UK   The company he worked for had an office in the UK. Expert was in constant communication with this group and traveled routinely to this location and many more around the EU.

Market Research:
He has been actively engaged in all aspects developing scientific instruments for use by law enforcement personnel. Uses his experience as a forensic chemist for 15 years to help development the instruments and how they are expected to be used. Is involved with instrument development from the point of view as a user.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He developed & taught narcotic field testing and breathalyzer use state and local police. He has developed and taught the practical use of IMS instruments to all levels of law enforcement in the United States and in many other countries.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He routinely investigates vendors for chemicals and the like. He also routinely is responsible locating and building relationships with many OEMs for components to use in trace detection instruments.

Other Skills and Services

Is considered an expert in all aspects of trace detection. Has an extensive knowledge of sample collection and analysis. Has a strong synthetic background.


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