Volume 44, Issue 1 (January 1999)

    Latent Fingerprint Visualization by 1,2-Indanedione and Related Compounds: Preliminary Results

    (Received 18 February 1998; accepted 27 April 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A number of vicinal cyclic diketones, most of them belonging to the 1,2-indanedione series, have been prepared and tested as potential reagents for latent fingerprint development. Unsubstituted 1,2-indanedione and a number of its mono- and dimethoxy- derivatives exhibited excellent properties as fluorogenic reagents for latent prints on paper. Structural modifications, such as substitutions at position 3, omission of the benzene ring or increase of the five-membered to a six-membered ring, considerably reduced this activity. Quite surprisingly, benzo[f]indane-1,2-dione, which was synthesized for the first time in this work, was significantly inferior to 1,2-indanedione as a fingerprint reagent.

    Even at this stage, before optimization of the reaction conditions, it can be said that some 1,2-indanediones are at least as sensitive as DFO. Their solubility in nonpolar solvents and relative case of preparation are further advantages. It is the authors' opinion that 1,2-indanedione itself may soon become a practical fingerprint reagent.


    Author Information:

    Frank, A
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (D.I.F.S.) Israel Police, National H.Q., Jerusalem,

    Bahar, E
    Visiting scientists, D.I.F.S., Israel Police,

    Springer, E
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (D.I.F.S.) Israel Police, National H.Q., Jerusalem,

    Varkony, H
    Visiting scientists, D.I.F.S., Israel Police,

    Almog, J
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (D.I.F.S.) Israel Police, National H.Q., Jerusalem,

    Khodzhaev, O
    Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem,

    Lidor, R
    Visiting scientists, D.I.F.S., Israel Police,

    Dayan, S
    School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv,

    Rozen, S
    School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv,

    Wiesner, S
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (D.I.F.S.) Israel Police, National H.Q., Jerusalem,


    Stock #: JFS14421J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14421J

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    Title Latent Fingerprint Visualization by 1,2-Indanedione and Related Compounds: Preliminary Results
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    Committee E30