An evaluation of nanostructured zinc oxide as a fluorescent powder for fingerprint detection

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Journal of Materials Science, 2008, 43 (2), pp. 732 - 737
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Zinc oxide is evaluated as a fluorescent powder for the detection of fingermarks on non-porous surfaces. Pure and lithium-doped nanostructured zinc oxide powders were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The zinc oxide powders were applied to fresh and aged fingermarks deposited on non-porous surfaces such as glass, polyethylene and aluminium foil. Zinc oxide was found to produce clear fluorescent impressions of the latent fingermarks when illuminated with long-wave UV light. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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