Professor Niamh Nic DaƩid

Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research


Niamh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin and received her doctorate in bio inorganic chemistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Open University. 

Research Overview

Niamh has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers in the forensic sciences and delivered over 150 conference presentations at National and International conferences.  

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.  
Niamh undertakes independent casework in fire scene investigation, terrorist events and the investigation of clandestine drugs and has been involved in over a hundred cases including high profile terrorist cases.


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

Impact Overview

Niamh has been involved in the development of policy and practice in forensic science, particularly in fire investigation for a number of years and leads teams developing protocols for professional practice in fire investigation for both the UK and Europe. 

She held a position on council of the Chartered Society for Forensic Science (the UK professional body) for 9 years.  She was also editor in chief of Science and Justice for 6 years.  Niamh is the current chair of the European fire and explosion investigation working group of ENFSI (the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) and chairs the coordinating committee for the INTERPOL forensic science managers symposium.  She also serves as vice chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court. 

She has received awards for her research as well as for public engagement through leading the development of Strathclyde University’s hugely successful first MOOC an ‘introduction to forensic science’ which won a National iTech award for technology and innovation in 2014.