Previous experience of INQUIFOR research group (www.inquifor.com) analysing explosives and post-blast residues by different analytical techniques, has shown that Raman spectroscopy is a technique with a great potential for explosives analysis. However, an important research and development work needs to be performed regarding explosives and other IEDs components, especially post-blast residues, to explore the real potential of Raman Spectroscopy in this topic. Another important issue is to trace those explosives from the post-blast residues collected at crime scene to the explosive used by criminals because this information may help the police institutions in the identification of substances which could be used for IEDs manufacture.
The fight against IEDs is of high European interest. Thus, the development of methods capable of detecting explosives in intact samples and post-blast residues is important in different EU action plans (EU CBRN Action Plan of 2009 and EU Action Plan for the Enhancement of the Security of Explosives of 2008). RAMANEX is based on the synergy between the important expertise of the Spanish Security Forces in the explosive/terrorist fields and the research capabilities of the University to develop innovative methods for explosives detection. It emerges in the (University Institute of Research in Police Sciences (IUICP), which is a joint institute depending on the UAH and the Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs.