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Dr. Kenneth G. Furton is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dean of Arts & Sciences and was the founding Director and currently Director Emeritus of the International Forensic Research Institute at Florida International University (FIU).
He received a B.S. in Forensic Science (minor in Chemistry) at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida in 1983 and completed an internship in the Detroit Police Headquarters Crime Laboratory in Detroit, Michigan. He received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (minor in Biology) at Wayne State University in 1986.
He then completed post-doctoral studies in Nuclear Chemistry (Physical/Inorganic studies) at British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) and the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. in 1988 while also teaching Forensic Analysis for second and final year honors students.
Since becoming a faculty member at FIU in 1988 he has directed the research of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students, is the author or co-author of more than 500 publications and presentations and has received over $4 million in external support for his independent research program and collaborative projects.
Professor Furton’s research program has focused on forensic science and separation science including the development of novel sample preparation methods prior to chromatographic analysis. Much of his recent work has focused on studying the chemical basis of detector dog alerts to forensic specimens including accelerants, biotoxins, currency, drugs, explosives and humans (dead and alive).
Professor Furton has testified numerous times as an expert witness in local and federal courts in areas including drug analysis and the use of canines as chemical detectors.
He and his wife, Debby, have been married since 1990 and they are the proud parents of surviving triplets, Courtney and Robert, born at 26 weeks gestation in 1994. Professor Furton’s volunteer work includes being a Pit Reporter for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Trackside Media with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
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