Nic Daéid

Head and shoulders image of Professor Niamh Nic Daéid
Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research
Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is Lead for research at CAHID. She is also a Director of the CAHID’s Centre for Excellence for NPS research and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science.  She is a forensic chemist specialising in fire investigation, the clandestine manufacture and characterisation of drugs of abuse and in chemical enhancement of fingerprints.  She is a past chair of the European fire and explosion investigation working group and holds leadership positions for INTERPOL in forensic science. She is the current Vice Chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court. She undertakes casework in forensic chemistry including fire scene investigation, terrorist events and the investigation of clandestine drugs and has been involved in over a hundred serious criminal cases.

Niamh has published over 190 peer reviewed research papers and book chapters and monographs and holds a research grant portfolio in excess of £12 million.
Her research team, who are taking up residence in the newly refurbished Fleming laboratory, are International and multi disciplinary.  They undertake operationally relevant research work related to fire investigation, drug chemistry, fingerprint enhancement, ballistics, tool marks and ink analysis.  
  • Explosive detonation causes an increase in soil porosity leading to increased TNT transformation, N.Nic Daéid , H. A. Yu, L. A. Dawson, D. A. DeTata and S W. Lewis, PLOS one in review
  • Fundamental studies of the adhesion of explosives to textile and non-textile surfaces, H A. Yu, T. Becker, N.Nic Daéid, S.W. Lewis, Forensic Science International, 273, p88-95, 2017,  doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.02.008
  • Investigating TNT loss between sample collection and analysis, H A. Yu, M S. Beardah and N.Nic Daéid, Science and Justice, 57, 2, p95-100, 2017, 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.10.00
  • The stability of TNT, RDX and PETN in simulated post-explosion soils: Implications of sample preparation for analysis, H.A Yu, D.A. DeTata, S.W. Lewis, N.Nic Daéid, Talanta, 164, p716-726, 2017, doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2016.07.001
  • A comparison of the extraction of amphetamine and methylamphetamine from river water and sediment samples using molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) followed by chromatographic analysis, W Wongniramaikul, A Choodum and N.Nic Daéid, Forensic Science International, in press, 2014
  • The role of isotope ratio mass spectrometry as a tool for the comparison of physical evidence, J F Carter, S Doyle, B-Lintle Phasumane, N.Nic Daéid, Forensic Science International, in press, 2014
  • Real time quantitative colourimetric test for methamphetamine detection using digital and mobile phone technology, A. Choodum, K. Parabun, N. Klawach, N. Nic Daéid, P. Kanatharana W, W.Wongniramaikul, Forensic Science International, 235, 8-13, 2014
  • Hyperspectral Imaging of Gel Pen Inks : an emerging tool in document analysis. G. Reed; N. Nic Daéid; K. Savage and D. Edwards, Science and Justice, 54,1,71-80, 2014
  • Development of gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) and other rapid screening methods for the analysis of 16 'legal high' cathinone derivatives. N. Nic Daéid, O. Sutcliffe, K. Savage and D. Ramsay, Science & Justice, 54,1,22-31, 2014
  • Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in blood on fabric — Part 3:Amino acid staining, K J. Farrugia, H. Bandey, K. Savage, N. Nic Daéid, Science and Justice, 53,1,8-13, 2013
  • Influence of precursor solvent extraction effects and synthetic route on stable isotope signatures of methamphetamine prepared from over-the-counter medicines. N. Nic Daéid,  S, Jayamana, W. Meier-Augenstein and H. F.Kemp, Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 405, 9,2931-41, 2013
  • A study of the variability in footwear impression comparison conclusions, L. C. Hammer, K Duffy, J. Fraser, N. Nic Daéid, Journal of Forensic Identification, 63 (2), 207-220, 2013 
  • A Comparison of Enhancement Techniques for Footwear Impressions on Dark and Patterned Fabrics, K. J. Farrugia, H. Bandey, L. Dawson and N. Nic Daéid, Journal of Forensic Science, 58,6, 1472-1485, 2013
  • Elemental profiling using ICPMS of methylamphetamine hydrochloride prepared from proprietary medication using the Moscow and hypophosphorous synthesis, N. Nic Daéid, S Jayaram, W J. Kerr, Science and Justice, 53,3,278-285, 2013
  • Using the iPhone as a device for a rapid quantitative analysis of trinitrotoluene (TNT) in soil.  A. Choodum, P. Kanatharana W, W.Wongniramaikul, and N. Nic Daéid, Talanta, 115,143-149, 2013
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and the Centre for Excellence for New Psychoactive Substances research. She is also the Director of research at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. She is a Chartered Chemist and authorised Forensic Chemist in Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Royal Statistical Society. She has been involved in the development of policy and practice in fire investigation for a number of years and led interagency teams developing protocols for professional practice for both the UK and Europe. This culminated in the publication in April 2017 of the Code of Practice for Investigators of Fires and Explosions for the Criminal Justice Systems in the UK. She has also been involved in ground breaking work in the development of smoke alarms specifically for waking children and young people.
She was Editor in Chief of Science and Justice for six years and chaired the professional awards committee of the Chartered Society for Forensic Science for a number of years, developing and managing the organisations professional practitioner diplomas (including in fire investigation, crime scene investigation, firearms and document examination).  
She has received various awards for her research, innovation and public engagement activities.