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Forensic Chemistry: Chemical Detection of Fingerprints


Innovating Science™.

Utilize alternative methods for detecting fingerprints. Examine some possible methods of gathering evidence when dusting for fingerprints is not effective. Learn to identify fingerprints types, a method of fuming for fingerprints, and a technique of chemically-developing fingerprints.  The three activities include fingerprint analysis, ninhydrin development and cyanoacrylate fuming. This activity includes a Teachers Manual and Student Guide and Analysis copy-masters.There is enough material for 15 groups.

Materials included are:
1 tube super bonding glue
1 bottle Ninhydrin Powder
4 bottles 95% Ethanol
15 fuming trays
15 sheets black plastic

Materials needed but not supplied:
Fuming chamber with lid (e.g. large beaker covered with plastic wrap)
Hot plate

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