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

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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