Investigative Forensic Sciences (IFS) Editor in Cheif

Investigative forensic Sciences (IFS)



Peter de B. Harrington (Editor-in-Chief)

Professor & Director, Center for Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Clippinger Labs, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA.
Research Areas: Chemometrics Forensic Chemistry.


Biography: After graduating with a BS degree in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1980, Peter worked for Nabisco as a flavor chemist where he became interested in analytical chemistry, chemometrics, and the forensic analyses of foods. After working for 2 years, he pursued doctoral research in analytical chemistry and machine learning under Tom Isenhour at University of North Carolina. Afterward, he held a research assistant professor appointment at the Colorado School of Mines where he developed algorithms and software for the detection of pathogenic bacteria by pyrolysis-mass spectrometry with Kent Voorhees. In 1989, he began his career at OHIO University. His research combines the areas of chemometrics, forensic, metabolomic, and proteomic analysis. Professor Harrington founded the Center of Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation in 1992 to foster automated chemical instruments and assumed the role of Director in 2002. In 2015, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In 2016, he was appointed Editor in Chief of a new journal Investigative Forensic Sciences and earned the OHIO College of Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Research. He is interested in self-optimizing chemometric algorithms and has devised many chemometric methods; the fuzzy rule-building expert systems (FuRES), the fuzzy optimal associative memories (FOAMs), principal component-orthogonal signal correction (PC-OSC), bootstrapped Latin partitions (BLP), analysis of variance-principal component analysis (ANOVA-PCA), super partial least squares (sPLS), support vector machine trees (SVMTrees) and super support vector regression (sSVR). He has ongoing and seeks new collaborations with many groups and government agencies.