Adebimpe, Dr. David

Dr. David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem, is a research scientist, philosopher and inventor who uses his singular cross disciplinary skills and expertise to solve unique problems that require the convergence of different scientific and technical disciplines. An ex-Professor of Organic Chemistry with over 26 years of combined experience in research, academia and industry, he is a subject matter expert and world leader in the development of scent detection training aids and practical tools that enhance the operational capability of search and detect K-9s.Using a combination of his unique theories pertaining to mammalian olfaction and the mechanisms of scent generation from materials, David developed the first and only official inert replacements to the United States Navy’s MN01 and MN 76 Canine Kits for Explosives Detection. He later invented the world’s first non-hazardous TATP, HMTD, Dynamite, PETN/ETN, Nitrocellulose, Nitroglycerin, EGDN, PCP and MDMA detector K-9 scent training aids and then developed the ScentLogix™ K9 ScentKit Collection – which currently stands as the broadest collection of operationally-tested non-hazardous explosives and narcotics training aids ever produced for the imprinting and training of scent and detect K-9s. These ScentLogix™ ScentKits are now regarded as the “gold standard” of training aids for explosives and narcotics detector dogs and are currently used within numerous elite military, law enforcement and private working dog programs worldwide.

Dr. Adebimpe has attended a number of FBI and U.S. DOJ certification programs in explosives detection and terrorist preparedness and serves as a consultant to numerous agencies including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Special Forces, the Federal Police (Brazil), The Department of Justice (Australia), Department of Customs (Indonesia), the State Police (Mexico), and the DEA, in matters pertaining to detector K-9 scent kit utility and training protocols. Additionally, he is a member of IABTI, serves on numerous national and international advisory boards, and is a guest scientist at NIST and NASA.

David’s qualifications include a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. with Honors in Biochemistry with Psychology. His current professional interests include the investigation of scent engineering principles and their applications to biological olfaction, the fabrication of electronic noses, and increasing the portfolio of tools and procedures available for efficient detector K-9 imprinting and maintenance training.
ScentWire™, which is his most recent collaborative effort in developing next-generation, best-of-industry scent training aids, is specifically designed to enhance detector K-9 programs built and reliant on the use of traditional training aids.


Class: Scent Training Aids: Why a Good Pseudo is Better Than Real

What is odor? What does a K-9 actually smell within explosives, narcotics, firearms or cadaver? How does the nose work? Even with these unanswered questions, there is an institutionalized understanding that real materials make the best scent-training aids for the imprinting and maintenance training of detector K9s. However, recent findings from our laboratory and field data indicate that most of the shortcomings observed within the actions of operational detector K-9s (e.g., false alerts, ignoring large hides, generalization of items during detection) are actually caused by the use of these real materials, and of their misconceived, misconfigured analogues, as scent-training aids (for example, real materials mixed with inert materials), and brings to question the viability of using these real materials as gold standards for their own detection.

Using scientific data, user videos, operational feedbacks, and client testimonials, this class will discuss the properties of real materials that can cause non-desirable shortcomings within detector K-9s, and provide insights on how the use of next-generation chemically formulated training aids, CFTA’s, (aka pseudos) can circumvent these problems, and provide detector K-9s with scent-and-detect capabilities that are superior to those of K-9s trained on real materials.

This is scent detection at its most fundamental, and presented in a way that brings a new understanding to the essential characteristics of ideal scent training aids, clarifying some of the misconceptions found in some published scientific papers and reports, and is a must-attend class for all active trainers and handlers!