Dr Sarah Hall

Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Sarah has considerable experience in various forensic science analytical techniques and of working in accredited analytical laboratories.

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sarah.hall@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Sarah started her career working in the area of thermal analysis for Foseco International before graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Environmental Science. After graduating she worked as a laboratory manager and plant chemist and in the specialist waste treatment/management industry. Her PhD (sponsored by a Schering Plough) successfully researched the mechanism and kinetics of a novel solid water sterilising formula based on chlorine dioxide.

Currently, Sarah is a member of our Investigative Chemistry Research Group, involved in research in the areas of fire debris analysis, environmental analysis and detection of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the environment.

Research interests

  • Fire debris analysis
  • Environmental analysis and detection of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the environment
  • Water sterilisation methods and formation of associated by-products
  • Waste/industrial waste treatment methods
  • Hair/wool/fur/feather analysis as a tool for investigating exposure levels of pollutants

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Committee member, RSC East-Anglia Region Analytical Division
  • Member, Committee for the RSC conference: Forensic Analysis 2012
  • RSC representative, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Forensic Science Section representative, HEA (UK Physical Sciences Centre)
  • External examiner (Chemical Sciences), University of the West of Scotland

Selected recent publications

Richards, N., Lancaster, S., Hall, S. and Scott, K., 2009. The importance of reliable and efficient sample preparation in the development of a novel forensic method to detect diclofenac residues in vulture and livestock animals? LABMATE , 34(6), pp.28-29.

Richards, N., Lancaster, S., Hall, S. and Scott, K., 2009. The importance of reliable and efficient sample preparation in the development of a novel forensic method to detect diclofenac residues in vulture and livestock animals. LAB ASIA, 16(4), pp.12-13.

Richards, N., Lancaster, S., Hall, S. and Scott, K., 2009. Diclofenac-Rückstände bei: Geiern bestimmen. LaborPraxis, 33, pp.50-51.

Richards, N. L., Scott, K.S., Hall, S., Harrison, N.M., 2006. Detection of NSAIDs in livestock animals and scavenging birds of prey with emphasis on vultures and condors. Vulture News, 54, pp.68-71.

Hall, S., 2006. The Generation of Chlorine Dioxide from the Reaction between Sodium Chlorite and Acetic Anhydride, PhD thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.

Recent presentations and conferences

White, G. and Hall, S., 2010. The effectiveness of adsorbents to sample ignitable liquid residues using GC-MS. 2010 Forensic Analysis Conference (RSC), Huddersfield University, UK, 8-10 September 2010. 3rd prize for best conference poster.

White, G. and Hall, S., 2010. The use of adsorbents for detecting ignited petrol residue on concrete using a passive headspace technique and GC-MS. 6th National FORREST Conference 2010 (FORensic RESearch and Teaching), Coventry University, UK, 29-30 June 2010. 2nd prize for best conference poster.

Dawkins, J., Hall, S. and Spence, S., 2010. The impact of using Compressed Air Foam on the examination of forensic evidence and fire debris analysis. 6th National FORREST Conference 2010 (FORensic RESearch and Teaching), Coventry University, UK, 29-30 June 2010. 3rd prize for best conference poster.

Cole, M. D. and Hall, S., 2008. From wizardry to alchemy: the science behind crime investigation. RSC Analytical Division East Anglia Region AGM and Mid-Anglia Section AGM, Cambridge, UK, February 2008.

Hall, S., 2007. Forensic Science and Chemistry attend fire test burns. Bulletin (Anglia Ruskin University publication), 4(7) pp.10-11.

Hall, S. and Scott, K.S., 2007. What's your poison. Annual convention of Funeral Directors, Ipswich, UK, April 2007.

Hall, S., Davies, M., Hudson, J. and Waterhouse, J., 2002. The generation of chlorine dioxide in aqueous solutions; the sodium chlorite and acid anhydride reaction. The Environmental Sciences Research Centres Conference, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK, January 2002.

Hall, S., Davies, M., Hudson, J. and Waterhouse, J., 2001. The formation of chlorine dioxide in aqueous solutions. The European Conference of Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group (RSC), Galway, Ireland, January 2001.

Hall, S., Davies, M., Hudson, J. and Waterhouse, J., 2001. A novel composition for the generation of chlorine dioxide. The Environmental Sciences Research Centres Conference, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK, January 2001.

Hall, S., Davies, M., Hudson, J. and Waterhouse, J., 2000. The role of chlorine dioxide as a chemical sterilant. The Environmental Sciences Research Centres Conference, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK, January 2000.

Hall, S., Davies, M., Hudson, J. and Waterhouse, J., 2000. The generation of chlorine dioxide in aqueous solutions. The European Conference of Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group (RSC), Zagreb, Croatia, January 2000.

Media experience

Naked Scientist: Hair analysis and determination of metals. Radio programme, BBC Cambridgeshire, 17 June 2007.