December 2003


E. Roland Menzel
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Physics, Engineering Physics and Chemistry
Director, Center for Forensic Studies
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1051
Voice: (806) 742-3760, FAX: (806) 742-1182, E-mail:


Elementary school: Germany.

Highschool: Brazil.

College: Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Polytechnic School); Glendale Coll.; UCLA; Washington State Univ.(B. S., Physics, 1967, Ph.D., Physics, 1970: Optical spectroscopy of rare earths in crystal hosts of high symmetry).

Postdoctoral fellowships: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, B. C., Canada, 1970-1972 (Chemical Physics). Molecular spectroscopy of phthalocyanines. Purdue Univ., 1972-1973 (Physical Chemistry). Energy transfer processes in chlorophyll. Univ. of Kentucky, 1973-1975 (Inorganic Chemistry). ESR spectroscopy of dithiocarbamates and free radicals in cigarette smoke.

Professional: Member of the scientific staff, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, 1975-1979. Photophysics of organic semiconductors, photoelectrophoretic color copying, picosecond spectroscopy, laser fingerprint detection.
Texas Tech Univ., Asst. Prof., 1979-1983, Assoc. Prof., 1983-1987, Prof., 1987-present. Director, Center for Forensic Studies, 1982-present. Joint appointment, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1992-present. P. W. Horn Professor, 1997-present. Forensic science, laser devices, fluorescence study of insulator damage, time-resolved imaging.

PUBLICATIONS: Over 100.   Forensic Science Publications and Applied Laser Spectroscopy Publications

CHAIR/EDITOR: Fluorescence Detection I, II, III, SPIE Proc. 743 (1987), 910 (1988), 1054 (1989), Laser Spectroscopy Symposium Vice Chair, OE/LASE '90, Chair, OE/LASE '91 (SPIE), Fluorescence Detection IV, SPIE Proc. 2705 (1996).

PATENTS: "Apparatus and Method for Quantizing Remaining Lifetime of Power Transmission Cable Insulation," U. S. Patent 5,241,184, Aug. 31, 1993. "Fingerprint development methods," U. S. Patent 6,306,662 Oct. 23, 2001. "Method for detecting trace explosives using photoluminescence," Patent appl. PCT/US04/15973, May 21, 2004. "Nerve agent detection method and device," U.S. Patent Appl. 60/643,863, Jan. 14, 2005.

BOOKS: E. R. Menzel, Fingerprint Detection with Lasers, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1980. E. R. Menzel, Laser Spectroscopy, Techniques and Applications, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1995. E. R. Menzel, Fingerprint Detection with Lasers, 2nd ed., revised and expanded, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1999.

TRANSLATIONS IN BOOK FORMAT: Laser Detection of Fingerprint (in Chinese), collected papers, to 1988. Laser Fingerprint Technology Iin Chinese), collected papers, Tsinghua Univ. Press, 2005.

EDUCATIONAL VHS TAPES: Laser Applications in Criminalistics, I-IV, Copyright 1987, sponsored by Coherent Laser Products Div. and marketed by Lightning Powder Co.


WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT: China (2), Israel, Saudi Arabia, FBI Acad. (2), Secret Service, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, California (2), Guam.

TTU (over 30).



CONSULTING: Various companies (criminalistics, photonics).

STUDENTS DIRECTED SINCE 1990: 2 postdoc., 1 res. assoc., 4 Ph. D., 5 M. S.

AWARDS AND HONORS: American Institute of Applied Sciences, Award of Merit, received at the 65th annual conference of the International Association for Identification, Ottawa, Canada, 1980.

Outstanding Researcher, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech Univ., 1984.

U. S. Delegate to the European Community International Fingerprint Conference, London, UK, 1984 (Home Office invitation).

Laser Focus World, commendation for excellence in technical communications, 1989.

Invited presentation and participation, COSE (Committee on Optical Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences) Workshop on Energy, Space, the Environment, and Optical Sensing, Irvine, CA, 1995.

The Fingerprint Society (UK), Lewis Minshall Award, received at the International Symposium on Fingerprint Detection and Identification, Ne'urim, Israel, 1995.

Appointed Honorary Professor, Liaoning Criminal Scientific & Technical Research Institute, P. R. China, 1995.

Named Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, Texas Tech University, 1997.

Fingerprint detection with lasers named one of the Milestones of Canadian Chemistry in the 20th Century (see

Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars.

Editorial board member (physiological/health sciences cluster, forensic science domain), TheScientificWorldJOURNAL (

MISCELLANEA: Work featured in: Smithsonian (Oct. '89), Popular Science (Feb. '85), National Geographic (March '84), etc.; BBC, CBC, CNN, Sci. & Tech. Satellite News, regional and local TV, radio program We're Science, nation-wide newspaper articles; Lasers, Benchmark Books, 1996 ( aimed at teenage readers, volume of Inventors and Inventions series); laser product brochures (Coherent, Spectra Physics); Photonics Spectra (Dec. '92), Industrial Chemical News (Oct. '86), etc. Invited articles in: Forensic science journals, magazines (e.g., Forensic Sci. Review, June '89, Kriminalistik, Aug. '85); book chapters (e.g., Scientific and Expert Evidence in Criminal Advocacy, 2nd ed., Practising Law Institute, 1981, Advances in Fingerprint Technology, Elsevier, 1991, 2nd ed., 2001); non-forensic publications (e.g., Physik in unserer Zeit, Jan. '87, Analytical Chemistry, Apr. '89, Laser Focus World, Nov. '89, Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, Wiley, 2000). Visiting scientists from Japan, Germany, England, China, Brazil, etc.

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