Senior Scientist

Fran DiamondFrancis Diamond was Technical Director in the Criminalistics chemistry division of NMS labs. Fran is currently a senior staff scientist for the CFSRE. He is a graduate of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now De Sales University) with a B.S in Chemistry. Fran recently retired from NMS labs after 42 years of service. His areas of expertise are in the techniques of separation and detection of drugs/controlled substances. This includes gas-chromatography (GC), Liquid-chromatography (HPLC), and Mass spectrometry. He was responsible for technical oversight for controlled substances analysis throughout the NMS system of drug testing laboratories. He has developed analytical methods for measurements of various drugs such as amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, and general unknown screening. He has developed and integrated analytical techniques including derivatization, solid-phase extraction, and deconvolution of mass spectral data. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers in the field of analytical toxicology. He has also participated in collaborative studies with instrument manufacturers and government agencies.