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M. Nunnenkamp MSc (Michel)

PhD Candidate

About Me

I am a PhD student in the Mesoscale-Chemical-Systems group.

My work focuses on microfluidic forensic crime scene analysis.

You probably know about DNA identification and fluorescent blood stains, but have you ever considered how this evidence is collected?

I try to develope an efficient method of collecting the evidence and preparing it for further analysis. This includes delicate and thorough collection of body fluids, like blood stains, semen or saliva, followed by sample preparation, filtration and separation of cells and fluids. A number of consecutive tests are used to possibly characterize the fluid type and reveal further information about the suspect. 

If you have questions about the project or other information do not hesitate to contact me vial mail or drop by my office  (Cr 1514). 

I might be inside the lab from time to time, but do have a consultation hour every Friday from 11:00-12:00 where I am present in my office.

Research

The research field of forensic criminology is a rather unknown and small field. A lot has been done in the past, working on DNA identification and DNA analysis. However Investigators still need to send samples to national laboratories for analysis. Such analysis takes time and might hinder the rapid investigation. Hence a need for analytical tools at the crime scene is present, which can help to speed up the investigation.

The tools of microfluidics is well suited for such rapid test devices, but they have their own challenges and problems.

One of such is the preparation of samples prior to insertion into microfluidic devices. Debris, fibres and other common objects need to be filtered in order to prevent malfunction and clogging of the small chips.

Here my research steps in, by investigating and developing suitable collection mechanisms as well as preparatory protocols for increased information accumulation.

 

Education

2018-2022, Bachelor Advanced Technology, University of Twente

2022-2024, Master Nanotechnology, University of Twente

2024-Now, PhD, University of Twente

Projects

My main work focuses on the forensic criminology project called:"NWA project Criminal Investigation DX"

As a side project I investigate: " microscale glass-blowing on silicon wafers."

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C1514
Hallenweg 21
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C1514
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands