3rd Edition

Lee and Gaensslen's Advances in Fingerprint Technology

Edited By Robert Ramotowski Copyright 2013
    528 Pages
    by CRC Press

    528 Pages 197 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Reflecting new discoveries in fingerprint science, Lee and Gaensslen’s Advances in Fingerprint Technology, Third Edition has been completely updated with new material and nearly double the references contained in the previous edition. The book begins with a detailed review of current, widely used development techniques, as well as some older, historical methods. Next, it describes more recent advances as well as novel, emerging technologies that have just begun to reach maturity.

    Highlights in this edition include:

    • Comprehensive details about work performed by the UK Home Office on the use of powders and brushes

    • Advances in the area of blood reagents, and the transition from previously carcinogenic peroxidase reagents to new and safer protein staining methods

    • The vacuum metal deposition technique

    • The cyanoacrylate fuming process

    • An update on ninhydrin analogs

    • Emerging trends in print development using nanotechnology

    • Latent print recovery and decontamination at scenes tainted by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials

    • A model for quantitatively interpreting and assessing minutiae in a print

    • Methods for digital and chemical imaging of latent prints

    With contributions by a renowned group of leading forensic scientists and criminalistics experts, this valuable work presents the latest progress in fingerprint technologies, comparison, and identification.

    Part I: Overview of Current Fingerprint Technology. Powder Methods. Amino Acid Reagents. Metal Deposition Methods. Lipid Reagents. Vapor/Fuming Methods. Blood Reagents. Miscellaneous Methods and Challenging Surfaces. Part II: Recent Advances in Fingerprint Technology. Powders for Fingerprint Development. Enhancement Techniques for Fingerprints in Blood. Vacuum Metal Deposition. Cyanoacrylate Fuming Method. Ninhydrin and Ninhydrin Analogues: Recent Developments. Fingermark Detection Using Nanoparticles. Friction Ridge Detection from Challenging Crime Scenes. Statistics and Probabilities as a Means to Support Fingerprint Examination. Digital Imaging. Index.


    Robert S. Ramotowski is currently employed as the Chief Research Scientist in the Forensic Services Division of the United States Secret Service, where he has worked as a research scientist for more than 18 years. His job duties include the coordination of forensic research activities within the laboratory (as well as between other entities, including academia, industry, and other domestic and international law enforcement laboratories), particularly in the areas of latent print visualization, questioned document analysis, instrumental analysis, and ink and paper chemistry. He has published more than two dozen articles on latent print and document chemistry and given or conducted more than 50 lectures and workshops in more than a dozen countries. He was awarded distinguished membership status in the International Association for Identification in 2008.