Dr Ben Jones

Senior Lecturer

School School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Department Division of Science

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+44 (0)1382 30 8635


Dr B J Jones leads the Division of Science within the School of Science, Engineering and Technology , developing teaching, research and knowledge transfer in forensic, biomedical and environmental science.

Dr Jones read physics at the University of Oxford (Hertford College) and graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin for research on thin carbon films.  Following work on novel microelectronics materials, Ben moved to University College London to examine mobile phones damaged in terrorism or arson activities, in association with the Forensic Science Service. Joining Brunel University, London in 2006, Ben transformed a microscopy and spectroscopy unit into a research active centre, leading interdisciplinary research teams in forensic science and carbon microstructures.  He has acted in a consultancy capacity for a range of companies, as audit officer in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory, and in research and industry project management.  He joined Abertay University in 2015, with research focusing on surface micro and nano properties, particularly fingerprints in forensic science, medical instruments and air pollution. 

In 2011 The Institute of Physics cited his work as, "An outstanding example of high quality university science with impact for industry”; in 2013 The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences awarded his research the PW Allen award, reflecting quality, novelty and impact; and his work is incorporated into the latest Home Office and Interpol guidelines.

ELE006 Global Change
ELE020 Forensic Investigation

ENV102 Environmental Science Data Handling and Presentation
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Pollution
ENV410 Contemporary and Emerging Technologies in Environmental Sciences

FOR103 Introduction to Forensic Science Practice
FOR305 Forensic Material Investigation
FOR302 Advanced Forensic Examination and analysis Techniques
FOR304 Forensic Trace Evidence
FOR404 Current Concepts in Forensic Biology

LSC401 Research Project Methods
LSC402 Honours Project

SCN400 Honours Research Project
SCN501 Contemporary Topics
SCN502 Placement Based Learning
SCN503 MSci Project
SCN504 Science Future and Society

Dr Jones’ research applies surface science, including spectroscopy methods, for both end-user focused work and fundamental investigations.  On nanoscale interactions in forensic science this includes investigations of fingerprints and the study of interactions between the print, surface and development agent. This involves understanding chronology of fingerprints on documents, as well as improving choice of development agents through understanding surfaces. Dr Jones is actively involved in Home Office work to improve forensic protocols for police forces, has given invited lectures for organisations such as The Fingerprint Society, and his research has been reported around the globe.

Dr Jones’ research on diamond-like carbon includes both end-user focused work and fundamental materials science investigating the nature of the thin film structures. Applications include medical devices, aerospace and low friction coatings for increasing machining efficiency. He has also applied his analytical investigations to research areas including high-k dielectrics, indium and tin based varistors, and airborne particulates.

Dr Jones’ work has been funded by bodies such as the UK Home Office, the Leverhulme Trust, EPSRC, the Royal Society, the London Development Agency, the Technology Strategy Board and industrial partners.

Dr Jones also focuses his work on industry motivated research, development and problem solving. His effective use of surface science techniques applied to diverse industrial problems has recently been recognised by an award from the Institute of Physics, described as “An outstanding example of high quality university science with impact for industry”

Migration of latent fingermarks on non-porous surfaces: Observation technique and nanoscale variations
KT Popov, VG Sears and BJ Jones
Forensic Science International 275 (2017) 44-56

Improving the PhD through provision of skills training for postgraduate researchers
BJ Jones
in “Forensic Science Education and Training” A Williams, J Cassella, P Maskell (Eds). Wiley (2017) ISBN: 978-1-118-68923-3

Sticking non-stick: Surface and Structure control of Diamond-like Carbon in Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition
BJ Jones and N Nelson
J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 768 (2016) 012011

Determining the of the order of deposition of natural fingermarks and ink on paper using secondary ion mass spectrometry
N Attard Montalto, JJ Ojeda, A Reynolds, L Doodkorte, M de Puit, M Ismail, M Bailey, BJ Jones
Analyst 139 (2014) 4641

The Effect of substrate geometry and surface orientation on the film structure of DLC deposited using PECVD
N Nelson, RT Rakowski, J Franks, P Woolliams, P Weaver, BJ Jones
Surface and Coatings Technology  254 (2014) 73

Guidelines for the Assessment of Fingermark Detection Techniques International Fingerprint Research Group
Journal of Forensic Identification 64 (2014) 174

The effects of polymer pigmentation on fingermark development techniques
SR Bacon, JJ Ojeda, R Downham, VG Sears, BJ Jones
Journal of Forensic Sciences 58 (2013) 1486

Determining the order of deposition of natural latent fingerprints and laser printed ink using chemical mapping with secondary ion mass spectrometry.
N Attard Montalto, JJ Ojeda, BJ Jones
Science & Justice 53 (2013) 2

Substrate and material transfer effects on the surface chemistry and texture of diamond-like carbon deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition.
BJ Jones, JJ Ojeda
Surface and Interface Analysis. 44 (2012) 1187

Chemical Characterization of Latent Fingerprints by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, Mega Electron Volt Secondary Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging: An Intercomparison.
MJ Bailey, NJ Bright, RS Croxton, S Francese, LS Ferguson, S Hinder, S Jickells, BJ Jones, BN Jones, SG Kazarian, JJ Ojeda, RB Webb, R Wolstenholme, S Bleay
Analytical Chemistry. 84 (2012) 8514

Nanoscale analysis of the interaction between cyanoacrylate and vacuum metal deposition in the development of latent fingerprints on LDPE 
BJ Jones, R Downham, VG Sears
Journal of Forensic Sciences 57 (2012) 196

Argon plasma treatment techniques on steel and effects on diamond-like carbon structure and delamination 
BJ Jones, L Anguilano, JJ Ojeda
Diamond and Related Materials 20 (2011) 1030

Nano fingerprints : Gathering Intelligence
BJ Jones
Materials Today 14 (2011) 567

Wet powder suspensions as an additional technique for the enhancement of bloodied marks
C Au, H Jackson-Smith, I Quinones, BJ Jones, B Daniel
Forensic Science International 204 (2011) 13

Nano-scale composition of commercial white powders for development of latent fingerprints on adhesives
BJ Jones, AJ Reynolds, M Richardson, VG Sears
Science and Justice 50 (2010) 150

Diamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applications
BJ Jones, A Mahendran, AW Anson, AJ Reynolds, R Bulpett and J Franks
Diamond and Related Materials 19 (2010) 685

Effect of substrate surface topography on forensic development of latent fingerprints with iron oxide powder suspension
BJ Jones, R Downham, VG Sears
Surface and Interface Analysis 42 (2010) 438

University Challenge: The opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia are now too big to ignore
BJ Jones
Engineering and Technology 5:9 (2010) 55  

Current limiting effect and negative differential resistance in indium oxide based ceramics 
AB Glot, SV Mazurik, BJ Jones, AN Bondarchuk, R Bulpett, N Verma
Journal of European Ceramic Society 30 (2010) 539

Diamond-like carbon / epoxy combination low-friction coatings to replace electroplated chromium
S Podgoric, BJ Jones, R Bulpett, G Troisi, J Franks
Wear 267 (2009) 996

Commentary on  Evaluation of Shooting Distance by AFM and FTIR/ATR Analysis of GSR  Mou Y, Lakadwar J, Rabalais JW, J Forensic Sci 2008; 53:1381-6
BJ Jones
Journal of Forensic Sciences 54 (2009) 502

Nanostructure and paramagnetic centres in diamond-like carbon: effect of Ar in PECVD process 
BJ Jones, S Wright, RC Barklie, J Tyas, J Franks, AJ Reynolds
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 1629

Retention of data in heat-damaged SIM cards and potential recovery methods
BJ Jones and AJ Kenyon
Forensic Science International 177 (2008) 42

Energy efficiency improvements in dry drilling with optimised diamond-like carbon coatings
M Zolgharni, BJ Jones, R Bulpett, AW Anson, J Franks
Diamond and Related Materials 17 (2008) 1733

In Diamond Health: Diamond-like carbon for medical applications
BJ Jones and AW Anson
Materials World 16:8 (2008) 24

Sparkling touchdown: Diamond-like carbon coatings for more environmentally friendly aircraft         
BJ Jones
Materials World 16:4 (2008) 21

Burnt to memory: data extraction from heat damaged mobile phones 
BJ Jones
Public Service Review: Home Office 15 (2007) 68

Analysis of defects at the interface between high-k thin films and (100) silicon 
BJ Jones and RC Barklie
Microelectronic Engineering 80 (2005) 74

EPR evaluation of defects at the Si(100)/Al2O3 interface 
BJ Jones and RC Barklie
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 38 (2005) 1178 

An EPR study at X- and W-Band of defects in a-C:H films in the temperature range 5K- 300K 
BJ Jones, RC Barklie, G Smith, H El Mkami, JD Carey and SRP Silva
Diamond and Related Materials 12 (2003) 116

Electronic properties of amorphous carbon nitride films investigated using vibrational and ESR characterisations 
M Lacerda, M Lajeune, BJ Jones, RC Barklie, R Bouzerar, K Zellama, NMJ Conway and C Godet
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 299-302 (2002) 907

Electron delocalization in amorphous carbon by ion implantation 
RUA Khan, JD Carey, SRP Silva, BJ Jones and RC Barklie
Physics Review B 63 (2001) 121201(R)

Electron paramagnetic resonance study of ion implantation induced damage in amorphous carbon thin films 
BJ Jones, RC Barklie, RUA Khan, JD Carey and SRP Silva
Diamond and Related Materials 10 (2001) 993



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Dr Jones's research and knowledge transfer work has received funding from organisations including:

Innnovate UK

The Home Office

The Leverhulme Trust



Technology Strategy Board

National Institute of Health Research

European Regional Development Fund

London Development Agency

Royal Society


2013 The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences awarded Dr Jones' research the PW Allen award, reflecting quality, novelty and impact.

Determining the order of deposition of natural latent fingerprints and laser printed ink using chemical mapping with secondary ion mass spectrometry.
N Attard Montalto, JJ Ojeda, BJ Jones
Science & Justice 53 (2013) 2

External examiner / Assessor for Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University

Invited Speaker Fingerprint Society, International Fingerprint Research Group, International Workshop and Summer School on Plasma Physics (Bulgaria)


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