Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, xiii, 71 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jan Halamek

Committee Members

Mehmet Yigit, Maksim Royzen, Igor Lednev, Gabrielle Fuchs


bioaffinity-based, blood, fingerprints, forensics, sweat, Forensic biology, Forensic sciences, Blood, Perspiration, Fingerprints, Crime scenes, Biometric identification, Evidence, Criminal, Criminal investigation

Subject Categories

Biochemistry | Chemistry


There have been many advances in forensic science over the recent years, but a majority of the tests currently preformed are still heavily reliant upon laboratory-based processes. This means that valuable pieces of information are left unexamined until a crime scene has been completely processed and evidence is moved to a crime lab. In some cases, the evidence may even be left in a queue due to backlogs from previous cases. The delay resulting from the time necessary for crime scene processing and transportation, as well as additional time spent waiting on lab equipment availability, hinders an investigator’s ability to proceed in an investigation. In response to this dilemma, there has been a push towards more rapid, on-site analyses. The development of bioaffinity-based systems introduces a new methodology for on-site forensic analyses.