Areas of Expertise: Forensic science and crime
Sarah has considerable experience in various forensic science analytical techniques and of working in accredited analytical laboratories. Her primary research focuses on the environmental forensic analysis, wildlife forensics and fire investigation.
Sarah started her career working in analytical chemistry laboratories specialising in the area of thermal analysis and then graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Environmental Science. She then worked in accredited laboratories as a laboratory manager and plant chemist in environmental analysis and waste treatment. She earned her doctorate studying the mechanism and kinetics of a novel solid drinking water sterilising formula based on chlorine dioxide (sponsored by a Schering Plough).
Currently, Sarah is a member and the head of our Forensic and Investigative Sciences Chemistry Research Group. She has published several peer-review articles and presented at research conferences in the areas of the detection of drugs of abuse in sewage, raw waters and drinking water, pharmaceuticals in hair and feather samples and fire debris analysis.
BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
Module Leader of Specialist Topics in Investigative Sciences
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Module Leader of Physical and Quantitative Chemistry
Module Leader of Introduction to Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory Quality Management
Module Leader of Advanced Fire and Explosions
Contributes to Physical Criminalistics
Contributes to Chemical Criminalistics
Contributes to Project Preparation and Final Year Project Supervision
Peng, Y., Hall, S., and Gautam, L. “Drugs of abuse in drinking water - a review of current detection methods, occurrence, elimination and health risks” Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 2016, 85, C, pp. 232-240.
Hall, S., White, G., and Gautam, L. “The development of a novel adsorbent for collecting ignitable liquid residues from a fire scene” Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 2016, 122, pp. 204-314.
Peng, Y., Hall, S., and Gautam, L. “Detection of drugs of abuse and pharmaceuticals in drinking water” (oral presentation) International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Public Health, China, May 2016.
Hall, S., White, G., and Gautam, L., “A novel adsorbent for the recovery and positive identification of ignitable liquids using GC-MS-ATD” (oral presentation; Hall, S.,), 18th edition of EuroAnalysis, The European Conference on Analytical Chemistry, Bordeaux, Sept. 2015
Ngaio L Richards, Sarah W Hall, Nancy M Harrison, Lata Gautam, Karen S Scott, Geraldine Dowling, Irene Zorilla and Iñigo Fajardo. Merging Wildlife and Environmental Monitoring Approaches with Forensic Principles: Application of Unconventional and Non-Invasive Sampling in Eco-Pharmacovigilance. Forensic Research, 2014, 5:3. http://omicsonline.org/open-access/merging-wildlife-and-environmental-monitoring-approaches-with-forensic-principles-application-of-unconventional-and-noninvasive-sampling-in-eco-pharmacovigilance-2157-7145.1000228.php?aid=26623
Greeves, A., Hall, S., Gautam, L., and Cole, M.D. Environmental Toxicology: Forensic Approach in the Detection of NSAIDs. http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/11/environmental-toxicology-forensic-approach-detection-nsaids, 11/07/13.
* Kuleya, C., Cole, M., Hall, S., Gautam, L., An optimised gas chromatographic – mass spectrometric method for the chemical characterisation of benzylpiperazine and 1-arypiperazine based drugs, 2014, Analytical Methods, 6, pp. 156-163.
Mewnesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S., Waterhouse, J., and Cole, M.D., Simultaneous Detection of Controlled Substances in Wastewater. Analytical Methods, 2013, 5, pp. 3248-3254.
Mwensesongole, E. Gautam, L., and Hall S., Detection of Drugs of Abuse in Waste Water (oral presentation). 9th National FORREST (FORensic RESearch & Teaching) Conference, June 2013.
Barnett, G. , Hall S., and Dawkins J., The advantages of using Compressed Air Foam to extinguish fire scenes containing forensic evidence (oral presentation) 9th National FORREST (FORensic RESearch & Teaching) Conference, June 2013.
Leal, C., Hall, S, and Hadjicostas, D., Investigation of burns from cigarettes and naked flames on different substrates impregnated with white soft paraffin (Undergraduate poster) 9th National FORREST (FORensic RESearch & Teaching) Conference, June 2013.
Mwenesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S., Waterhouse, J., (2013) The detection of emerging drugs of abuse in wastewater using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. EuroANALYSIS, The European Conference on Analytical Chemistry 27th August.
Mwenesongole, E., Gautam. L., Hall, S., Waterhouse, J., (2013) The use of derivatisation to increase method sensitivity and specificity for the detection of drugs of abuse in waste water. BMSS conference, Eastbourne, 9-11th September.
White, G., Hall, S., and Gautam, G. “Ignitable Liquid identification using household adsorbents”. Invited talk at the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) UK Conference. London Fire Brigade Training Centre, Southwark, London 23rd January 2012.
White, G., Hall, S., Gautam, L., (2012) Improvements to sampling and instrumentation for fire debris analysis using Tenax TA® and ATD-GC-MS. European Association of Forensic Science (EAFS) 2012 Conference.
Mwenesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S., and Emmett, T. Detection of Drugs of Abuse in Waste Water. Analytical Research Forum, University of Manchester, UK, July 2011.
Kuleya, C., Gautam, L., Hall, S., Emmett, T., Vaughan, B. The Synthesis, Analysis and Characterisation of Piperazine Based Drugs. Analytical Research Forum, University of Manchester, UK, July 2011
*Richards, N.L., Hall, S., Scott, K.S. & Harrison, N.M. 2011. “First instance of detection of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin in sheep’s wool” Environmental Pollution. 159,pp. 1446-1450.
*Richards, N.L., Cooke, G. Hall, S., Scott, K., Simpson, V. & Harrison, N.M., 2011. Short communication: Qualitative detection of the NSAIDs diclofenac and ibuprofen in the hair of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) occupying UK waterways with GC-MS. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 22/02/2011 pp. 1-8.
*Publications for 2014 REF (World Leading research identified in Geography & Environmental Studies, being the second highest in the UK for a ‘newer’ University).
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.
Naked Scientist: Hair analysis and determination of metals. Radio programme, BBC Cambridgeshire, 17 June 2007.