Dr Ruth Croxton, School of Chemistry, University of Lincoln, has recently co-authored a book with Dr Marcel de Puit (Netherlands Forensic Institute / Delft University of Technology) and Dr Stephen Bleay (Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology).

The book, titled Fingerprint Development Techniques: Theory and Application, is a comprehensive review of the latest fingerprint development and imaging techniques – covering everything from what the fingerprints we leave behind are made of, how they behave on different surfaces in different environments through to a vast array of techniques we use to make fingerprints visible for identification including how and why they work.


Text from the blurb:

“…Comprehensive in scope, the text explores the history of each process, the theory behind the way fingerprints are either developed or imaged, and information about the role of each of the chemical constituents in recommended formulations.

The authors explain the methodology employed for carrying out comparisons of effectiveness of various development techniques that clearly demonstrate how to select the most effective approaches. The text also explores how techniques can be used in sequence and with techniques for recovering other forms of forensic evidence. In addition, the book offers a guide for the selection of fingerprint development techniques and includes information on the influence of surface contamination and exposure conditions.

This important resource:
* Provides clear methodologies for conducting comparisons of fingerprint development technique effectiveness
* Contains in-depth assessment of fingerprint constituents and how they are utilized by development and imaging processes
* Includes background information on fingerprint chemistry
* Offers a comprehensive history, the theory, and the applications for a broader range of processes, including the roles of each constituent in reagent formulations

Fingerprint Development Techniques offers a comprehensive guide to fingerprint development and imaging, building on much of the previously unpublished research of the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology.”

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Our School’s Dr Stefan Wuttke has co-authored a paper, which is featured in Nature Communications – an open access journal that publishes high-quality research in biology, physics, chemistry, Earth sciences, and all related areas.

The paper, titled Chemical diversity in a metal–organic framework revealed by fluorescence lifetime imaging, was a collaboration between researchers from University of California-Berkeley and the University of Munich.

You can read the paper online.

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On March 7th 2018, students from the School of Chemistry’s Forensic Society at the University of Lincoln visited the Forensics Europe Expo in London. 

The Expo was part of the Security and Counter Terror Exhibition and is the longest running forensic event in Europe and was a celebration of innovation in forensics and digital forensics.

Arden Mower, 3rd year Forensic Science student at the School of Chemistry said about her visit, “We we to listen to three very intriguing talks:

  • Home Office Research Project into Fingermark Visualisation of New Polymer Bank Notes
  • Forensic Search of No Body Murders – New Technology and Techniques
  • Timing Post-Mortem, Deposition, and other events with Fungi

These talks were all given by leading professionals in their field. We also visited stalls where we learned about 3-D scanning crime scenes, how to gain certification in various skills, new advances in national security, and much more.

We felt very lucky to have been a part of learning what is new in the field of forensic science. Going to this event helped us network and learn how the field may be evolving in the future.”

Student’s photos from the day can be seen below.

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