Fingerprint composition and aging: A literature review

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/347344
Title:
Fingerprint composition and aging: A literature review
Authors:
Cadd, S. (Samuel); Islam, M. (Meezanul); Manson, P. (Peter); Bleay, S. (Stephen)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Technology Futures Institute.
Citation:
Cadd, S., Islam, M., Manson, P., Bleay, S. (2014) 'Fingerprint composition and aging: A literature review' Science and Justice, . Article in Press.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Science & Justice
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/347344
DOI:
10.1016/j.scijus.2015.02.004
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1355030615000131
Abstract:
Fingerprints have a key role in criminal investigations and are the most commonly used form of evidence worldwide. Significant gaps remain however, in the understanding of fingerprint chemistry, including enhancement reaction mechanisms and the effect of environmental variables and time on composition. Determining the age of a fingerprint is also a relatively unexplored area. A successful method, with reliable and quantitative estimates, would have numerous advantages. Previous unreliable methods have predominantly focused on enhancement success based on physical and chemical changes.This review explores variations in composition due to donor characteristics and environmental variables, and identifies gaps for further research. We also present a qualitative and quantitative summary of the effect of time on composition. Kinetics are presented where known, with summary schematics for reaction mechanisms. Previous studies exploring methods for determining the age of a fingerprint are also discussed, including their advantages and disadvantages. Lastly we propose a potentially more accurate and reliable methodology for determining fingerprint age based on quantitative kinetic changes to the composition of a fingerprint over time.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
13550306
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 31/03/2015]

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dc.contributor.authorCadd, S. (Samuel)en
dc.contributor.authorIslam, M. (Meezanul)en
dc.contributor.authorManson, P. (Peter)en
dc.contributor.authorBleay, S. (Stephen)en
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-31T09:44:04Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-31T09:44:04Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationScience & Justice; in pressen
dc.identifier.issn13550306en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scijus.2015.02.004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/347344en
dc.description.abstractFingerprints have a key role in criminal investigations and are the most commonly used form of evidence worldwide. Significant gaps remain however, in the understanding of fingerprint chemistry, including enhancement reaction mechanisms and the effect of environmental variables and time on composition. Determining the age of a fingerprint is also a relatively unexplored area. A successful method, with reliable and quantitative estimates, would have numerous advantages. Previous unreliable methods have predominantly focused on enhancement success based on physical and chemical changes.This review explores variations in composition due to donor characteristics and environmental variables, and identifies gaps for further research. We also present a qualitative and quantitative summary of the effect of time on composition. Kinetics are presented where known, with summary schematics for reaction mechanisms. Previous studies exploring methods for determining the age of a fingerprint are also discussed, including their advantages and disadvantages. Lastly we propose a potentially more accurate and reliable methodology for determining fingerprint age based on quantitative kinetic changes to the composition of a fingerprint over time.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1355030615000131en
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 31/03/2015]en
dc.titleFingerprint composition and aging: A literature reviewen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Technology Futures Institute.en
dc.identifier.journalScience & Justiceen
or.citation.harvardCadd, S., Islam, M., Manson, P., Bleay, S. (2014) 'Fingerprint composition and aging: A literature review' Science and Justice, . Article in Press.en
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