Mr Luke Taylor

Research project: Development of an Analytical method for the detection of alcohol and section 5a drugs in UK motorists blood and urine samples.


The purpose of this research is to develop an analytical method to determine blood alcohol concentrations of motorists applied to limits set by the Road Traffic Act 1988 which is currently, as of 2018 set at 80mg/100ml in blood and 107mg/100ml in urine. Furthering from this, a separate set of analytical methods for the confirmation and quantification of a range of section 5a controlled substances including opiates and cocaine derivatives, along with commonly abused medicinal drugs such as amphetamine will be developed. These methods are intended to be validated and used in the analysis of blood and urine samples to forensic standards with an aim to be used in casework analysis.


I graduated Kingston university with a 2:1 in Forensic Biology having undertaken a molecular biology dissertation studying the effects of illicit drugs on hepatocytes. Following this I was offered a masters by research project focusing on the analytical chemistry of toxicology. These projects provided a good foundation in toxicology in both biological and chemical areas of the discipline.

Areas of research interest

  • Toxicology
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Drug metabolism
  • Forensics


  • BSc in Forensic Biology, Kingston University
  • MSc by research in Analytical chemistry