Recovery of footwear marks from difficult surfaces - Kevin Farrugia studentship

  • Nic Daeid, Niamh, (Principal Investigator)

Project: Research - Studentship

Project Details


Chemical Enhancement of Footwear Marks

Layman's description

The main of the project is to focus on the recovery of footwear impression evidence from human skin and fabric. Footwear evidence can be present when somebody is kicked and stamped to death. Although there exist a number of techniques to enhance and recover such evidence from different substrates, little work has been done on fabric and skin since these are considered as difficult substrates. Techniques utilised for fingerprints will be utilised for footwear impressions and see how they compare on skin and fabric. Some other newer methods will also be utilised such as alginates for casting impressions.Furthermore, work will be carried with Bioengineering unit to see the force and pressure involved in kicking and also to imitate the spongy action of the skin.

Key findings

This work produced a comprehensive guide to the best chemical and visual enhancement techniques for the recovery of footwear marks in blood or soil made on fabrics.
Effective start/end date1/10/0830/09/11


  • Home Office: £30,000.00

Fingerprint Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Research Output

    A study of the variability in footwear impression comparison conclusions

    Hammer, L., Duffy, K., Fraser, J. & Nic Daeid, N., 2012, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Forensic Identification.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Chemical enhancement of soil based footwear impressions on fabric

    Farrugia, K. J., Bandey, H., Dawson, L. & Daeid, N. N., 10 Jun 2012, In : Forensic Science International. 219, 1-3, p. 12–28 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 13 Citations (Scopus)

    Controlling the variable of pressure in the production of test footwear impressions

    Farrugia, K., Riches, P., Bandey, H., Savage, K. & Nic Daeid, N., Sep 2012, In : Science and Justice. 52, 3, p. 168–176 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)