Robert Steiner, M.S.


Affiliate Assistant Research Professor
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Bob Steiner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, with a minor in Forensic Science, from the New York State University College at Oswego in 1980 and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.

Professional experience
Steiner has been a court-qualified Drug Chemist with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science since 1981.  He is currently a Principal Forensic Scientist and Instrument Specialist, supporting the Department in all aspects of the application of mass spectrometry to casework in the Chemistry Program.  Over the past 25 years, Steiner has served as an adjunct faculty for graduate and undergraduate level classes in the various VCU Forensic programs and mentored numerous graduate interns.

Professional accomplishments
Steiner’s work with the novel ambient ionization technique, Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART), has lead to two recent publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.  Other publications are pending as interns finish their ground-breaking work with this fascinating instrument.  Throughout his career, Steiner has presented scientific papers at various forensic professional meetings and workshops, most recently at the Forensic Applications of DART workshop, sponsored by the National Forensic Science Technology Center, in Ames, Iowa.  He is currently involved in a NIJ grant-funded database project, compiling mass spectral data generated from not only the DART, but other mass spectral platforms of interest to all aspects of forensic chemistry.  Steiner is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.