Diimide-Enhanced Fingerprint Detection with Photoluminescent CdS/Dendrimer Nanocomposites

    Volume 45, Issue 6 (November 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Roland Menzel, E
    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

    Bouldin, KK
    Center for Forensic Studies and Department of Physics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

    Takatsu, M
    Second Chemistry Section, Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyogo Prefectural Police Headquarters, Kobe,

    Murdock, RH
    Center for Forensic Studies and Department of Physics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

    (Received 11 October 1999; accepted 21 December 1999)

    Abstract

    The chemical development of latent fingerprints by nanocomposites that involve photoluminescent cadmium sulfide nanoparticle aggregates with Starburst® dendrimer is demonstrated. The dendrimer bonds to fingerprint residue via its terminal functional groups. When these are amino groups (generation 4 dendrimer), the binding is enhanced by fingerprint pre-treatment with diimide. The diimide converts carboxylic acid moieties of the fingerprint residue to esters that then react with the dendrimer amino groups to form amide linkages. The cadmium sulfide/generation 4 dendrimer development of fingerprints is enhanced by elevated temperature also. Finally, fingerprint development with carboxylate-functionalized cadmium sulfide/generation 3.5 dendrimer nanocomposites is examined. Here, diimide treatment of the dendrimer itself aids the subsequent fingerprint labeling, which involves amino acid of the figerprint residue. Nanocomposite fingerprint detection is compatible with time-resolved imaging for background fluorescence elimination.


    Paper ID: JFS14872J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14872J

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    Title Diimide-Enhanced Fingerprint Detection with Photoluminescent CdS/Dendrimer Nanocomposites
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