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 33 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 several publications in various Forensic jpurnals. Throughout his career, Steiner has presented scientific papers at various forensic professional meetings and workshops, and mentored 18 VCU students in their directed research. Many of these masters students have gone on to employment in forensic science or pursued higher degrees. 

Selected Publications

Validation of the direct analysis in real time source for use in forensic drug screening

Pharmaceutical identifier confirmation via DART-TOF

Detection of the Duquenois-Levine chromophore in a marijuana sample