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Universal Immunogenic Reagents for the Detection of Latent Fingermarks

Funding: 2013: $65,000
2014: $130,000
2015: $65,000

Project Member(s): Roux, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: University of Canberra
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Australian Federal Police
The State of Victoria (through the Victoria Police)
Northern Illinois University (Northern Illinois University PF)

Start year: 2013

Summary: Current fingermark detection methods suffer from two major limitations: (1) they only target fingermark components under specific conditions (e.g. sebaceous compounds on non-porous surfaces); and (2) they are largely ineffective on some surfaces (e.g. human skin). This project will address these issues through the development and validation of highly sensitive, luminescent nanoparticle-based immunogenic reagents for the detection of compounds naturally present in all latent fingermarks. Moving away from traditional detection methods will deliver transformational outcomes for law enforcement as detection limits will be significantly improved and fingermarks that remain undetected with current techniques will be visualised for the first time.


Morelato, M, Barash, M, Blanes, L, Chadwick, S, Dilag, J, Kuzhiumparambil, U, Nizio, KD, Spindler, X & Moret, S 2017, 'Forensic Science: Current State and Perspective by a Group of Early Career Researchers', Foundations of Science, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 799-825.
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Lam, R, Hofstetter, O, Lennard, C, Roux, C & Spindler, X 2016, 'Evaluation of multi-target immunogenic reagents for the detection of latent and body fluid-contaminated fingermarks', FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol. 264, pp. 168-175.
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Keywords: Forensic science, forensic chemistry, fingerprints, fingermarks

FOR Codes: Forensic Chemistry, Law Enforcement, Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences