Dr Ben Jones

Senior Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8635

Biography

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

Interests

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”

2019

Microscopy in forensic science

Jones, B. J. (2019) Microscopy in forensic science. In: Springer handbook of microscopy . Spence, J. (ed.), Hawkes, P. (ed.). Heidelberg: Springer.
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2018

Environmental effects on magnetic fluorescent powder development of fingermarks on bird of prey feathers

McMorris, H., Sturrock, K. R., Gentles, D., Jones, B. J. & Farrugia, K. J. (2018) Environmental effects on magnetic fluorescent powder development of fingermarks on bird of prey feathers. . . p. 117-124. .
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Fingermark visualisation with iron oxide powder suspension

Downham, R. P., Sears, V. G., Hussey, L., Chu, B. & Jones, B. J. (2018) Fingermark visualisation with iron oxide powder suspension. . . p. 190-203. .
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The influence of alcohol content variation in UK packaged beers on the uncertainty of calculations using the Widmark equation

Maskell, P. D., Holmes, C., Huismann, M., Reid, S., Carr, M., Jones, B. J. & Maskell, D. L. (2018) The influence of alcohol content variation in UK packaged beers on the uncertainty of calculations using the Widmark equation. . . p. 271-275. .
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2017

Improving the PhD through provision of skills training for postgraduate researchers

Jones, B. J. (2017) Improving the PhD through provision of skills training for postgraduate researchers. In: Forensic science education and training: a tool-kit for lecturers and practitioner trainers. Williams, A. (ed.), Cassella, J. (ed.), Maskell, P. (ed.). p. 103-117. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
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2016

Migration of latent fingermarks on non-porous surfaces

Popov, K. T., Sears, V. G. & Jones, B. J. (2016) Migration of latent fingermarks on non-porous surfaces. . . p. 44–56. .
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Sticking non-stick

Jones, B. J. & Nelson, N. (2016) Sticking non-stick. . . .
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2014

The effect of substrate geometry and surface orientation on the film structure of DLC deposited using PECVD

Nelson, N., Rakowski, R. T., Franks, J., Woolliams, P., Weaver, P. & Jones, B. J. (2014) The effect of substrate geometry and surface orientation on the film structure of DLC deposited using PECVD. . . p. 73-78. .
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Determining the chronology of deposition of natural fingermarks and inks on paper using secondary ion mass spectrometry

Attard-Montalto, N., Ojeda, J. J., Reynolds, A., Ismail, M., Bailey, M., Doodkorte, L., De Puit, M. & Jones, B. J. (2014) Determining the chronology of deposition of natural fingermarks and inks on paper using secondary ion mass spectrometry. . . p. 4641-4653. .
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2012

Substrate and material transfer effects on the surface chemistry and texture of diamond-like carbon deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition

Jones, B. J. & Ojeda, J. J. (2012) Substrate and material transfer effects on the surface chemistry and texture of diamond-like carbon deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition. . . p. 1187-1192. .
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The effects of polymer pigmentation on fingermark development techniques

Bacon, S. R., Ojeda, J. J., Downham, R., Sears, V. G. & Jones, B. J. (2012) The effects of polymer pigmentation on fingermark development techniques. . . p. 1486-1494. .
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Determining the order of deposition of natural latent fingerprints and laser printed ink using chemical mapping with secondary ion mass spectrometry

Attard Montalto, N., Ojeda, J. J. & Jones, B. J. (2012) Determining the order of deposition of natural latent fingerprints and laser printed ink using chemical mapping with secondary ion mass spectrometry. . . p. 2-7. .
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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

Bailey, M. J., Bright, N. J., Croxton, R. S., Francese, S., Ferguson, L. S., Hinder, S., Jickells, S., Jones, B. J., Jones, B. N., Kazarian, S. G., Ojeda, J. J., Webb, R. P., Wolstenholme, R. & Bleay, S. (2012) 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. . . p. 8514-8523. .
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Nanoscale analysis of the interaction between cyanoacrylate and vacuum metal deposition in the development of latent fingermarks on low-density polyethylene

Jones, B. J., Downham, R. & Sears, V. G. (2012) Nanoscale analysis of the interaction between cyanoacrylate and vacuum metal deposition in the development of latent fingermarks on low-density polyethylene. . . p. 196-200. .
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2011

Argon plasma treatment techniques on steel and effects on diamond-like carbon structure and delamination

Jones, B. J., Anguilano, L. & Ojeda, J. J. (2011) Argon plasma treatment techniques on steel and effects on diamond-like carbon structure and delamination. . . p. 1030-1035. .
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Nano fingerprints

Jones, B. J. (2011) Nano fingerprints. . . p. 567. .
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Wet powder suspensions as an additional technique for the enhancement of bloodied marks

Au, C., Jackson-Smith, H., Quinones, I., Jones, B. J. & Daniel, B. (2011) Wet powder suspensions as an additional technique for the enhancement of bloodied marks. . . p. 13-18. .
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2010

Nano-scale composition of commercial white powders for development of latent fingerprints on adhesives

Jones, B. J., Reynolds, A. J., Richardson, M. & Sears, V. G. (2010) Nano-scale composition of commercial white powders for development of latent fingerprints on adhesives. . . p. 150-155. .
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Diamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applications

Jones, B. J., Mahendran, A., Anson, A. W., Reynolds, A. J., Bulpett, R. & Franks, J. (2010) Diamond-like carbon coating of alternative metal alloys for medical and surgical applications. . . p. 685-689. .
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University challenge

Jones, B. (2010) University challenge. . . p. 55-57. .
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Biomechanical fracture healing simulation for smart implants using telemetry

Nemchand, J. L., Anson, A. W., Jones, B. J., Wilson, D. & Taylor, S. (2010) Biomechanical fracture healing simulation for smart implants using telemetry. . . p. S69-70 . .
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Effect of substrate surface topography on forensic development of latent fingerprints with iron oxide powder suspension

Jones, B. J., Downham, R. & Sears, V. G. (2010) Effect of substrate surface topography on forensic development of latent fingerprints with iron oxide powder suspension. . . p. 438-4742. .
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Current limiting and negative differential resistance in indium oxide based ceramics

Glot, A. B., Mazurik, S. V., Jones, B. J., Bondarchuk, A. N., Bulpett, R. & Verma, N. (2010) Current limiting and negative differential resistance in indium oxide based ceramics. . . p. 539-544. .
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2009

Diamond-like carbon/epoxy low-friction coatings to replace electroplated chromium

Podgoric, S., Jones, B. J., Bulpett, R., Troisi, G. & Franks, J. (2009) Diamond-like carbon/epoxy low-friction coatings to replace electroplated chromium. . . p. 996-1001. .
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Structure and tribological performance of diamond-like carbon based coatings for aerospace component processing

Podgoric, S., Jones, B. J., Bulpett, R., Franks, J. & Troisi, G. (2009) Structure and tribological performance of diamond-like carbon based coatings for aerospace component processing. . . p. 459-464. .
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Commentary on

Jones, B. J. (2009) Commentary on. . . p. 502. .
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Electronic properties of SnO2-based ceramics with double function of varistor and Humidity sensor

Glot, A. B., Sandoval-Garcia, A., Gaponov, A., Bulpett, R., Jones, B. J. & Jimenez-Santana, G. (2009) Electronic properties of SnO2-based ceramics with double function of varistor and Humidity sensor. . . p. 21-32. .
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2008

In diamond health

Jones, B. & Anson, T. (2008) In diamond health. . . p. 24-26. . The Institute of Materials and Mining.
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Energy efficiency improvements in dry drilling with optimised diamond-like carbon coatings

Zolgharni, M., Jones, B. J., Bulpett, R., Anson, A. W. & Franks, J. (2008) Energy efficiency improvements in dry drilling with optimised diamond-like carbon coatings. . . p. 1733-1737. .
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Nanostructure and paramagnetic centres in diamond-like carbon

Jones, B. J., Wright, S., Barklie, R. C., Tyas, J., Franks, J. & Reynolds, A. J. (2008) Nanostructure and paramagnetic centres in diamond-like carbon. . . p. 1629-1632. .
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Nano-scale analysis of titanium dioxide fingerprint-development powders

Reynolds, A. J., Jones, B. J., Sears, V. & Bowman, V. (2008) Nano-scale analysis of titanium dioxide fingerprint-development powders. . . .
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Retention of data in heat-damaged SIM cards and potential recovery methods

Jones, B. J. & Kenyon, A. J. (2008) Retention of data in heat-damaged SIM cards and potential recovery methods. . . p. 42-46. .
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Sparkling touchdown

Jones, B. (2008) Sparkling touchdown. . . p. 21-22. . The Institute of Materials and Mining.
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2007

Burnt to memory

Jones, B. J. (2007) Burnt to memory. . . p. 68-70. .
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2005

Analysis of defects at the interface between high-k thin films and (1 0 0) silicon

Jones, B. J. & Barklie, R. C. (2005) Analysis of defects at the interface between high-k thin films and (1 0 0) silicon. . . p. 74-77. .
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Electron paramagnetic resonance evaluation of defects at the (100)Si/Al2O3 interface

Jones, B. J. & Barklie, R. C. (2005) Electron paramagnetic resonance evaluation of defects at the (100)Si/Al2O3 interface. . . p. 1178-1181. .
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2003

An EPR study at X- and W-band of defects in a-C

Jones, B. J., Barklie, R. C., Smith, G., El Mkami, H., Carey, J. D. & Silva, S. R. P. (2003) An EPR study at X- and W-band of defects in a-C. . . p. 116-123. .
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2002

Electronic properties of amorphous carbon nitride a-C1-xNx

Lacerda, M., Lejeune, M., Jones, B. J., Barklie, R. C., Bouzerar, R., Zellama, K., Conway, N. M. & Godet, C. (2002) Electronic properties of amorphous carbon nitride a-C1-xNx. . . p. 907-911. .
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2001

Electron delocalization in amorphous carbon by ion implantation

Khan, R. U., Carey, J. D., Silva, S. R., Jones, B. J. & Barklie, R. C. (2001) Electron delocalization in amorphous carbon by ion implantation. . . p. 1212011-1212014. .
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Electron paramagnetic resonance study of ion implantation induced defects in amorphous hydrogenated carbon

Jones, B. J., Barklie, R. C., Khan, R. U. A., Carey, J. D. & Silva, S. R. P. (2001) Electron paramagnetic resonance study of ion implantation induced defects in amorphous hydrogenated carbon. . . p. 993-997. .
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Funding

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

Innnovate UK

The Home Office

The Leverhulme Trust

EPSRC

HEFCE

Technology Strategy Board

National Institute of Health Research

European Regional Development Fund

London Development Agency

Royal Society

Esteem

Esteem

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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