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NCJ Number: NCJ 179287     Find in a Library
Title: New Reagents for the Development of Latent Fingerprints
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Author(s): Madeleine M. Joullie Ph.D.
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 19
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This paper discusses new reagents for the development of latent fingerprints.
Abstract: Some of the most affordable and useful reagents for visualization of latent fingerprints on porous surfaces such as paper, wood, and walls are ninhydrin and modified ninhydrins. The paper reviews the development and evaluation of several synthetic approaches that provided 21 new substituted ninhydrins. These reagents were evaluated for fingerprint visualization by forensic experts in the United States, England, Switzerland, Australia, and Israel. The new methodology afforded two complementary reagents which displayed similar fingerprint developing properties. One of the reagents was produced on a large scale by a firm in North Ireland to investigate its potential for commercialization. In addition, structural modifications of ninhydrin-based reagents expanded their solubilities in suitable organic solvents (methylene chloride, toluene, hexanes, etc.). Notes, bibliography, figures, tables
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Fingerprints ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Evidence preservation ; Latent fingerprints ; Science and Technology ; Technical evolution ; Scientific techniques ; Fingerprint image quality ; Fingerprint detection techniques
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-K0154
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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