The shelf life of 1,2-indandione/zinc and polyvinylpyrrolidone solutions used to develop latent fingermarks deposited on the surface of thermal paper

감열지에 부착된 잠재지문을 현출하는데 사용하는 1,2-indandione/zinc와 polyvinylpyrrolidone 용액의 보존기한

  • Received : 2017.08.31
  • Accepted : 2017.11.01
  • Published : 2017.12.25


The shelf life of 1,2-indandione/zinc (1,2-IND/Zn) solution and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solution, which are known as reagents for developing latent fingermarks deposited on the surface of thermal paper, was studied. The standard latent fingermarks used for comparisons were artificial latent fingermarks printed on thermally sensitive and non-sensitive surfaces with the same intensity. Upon treatment of standard latent fingermarks with the pre-mixed 1,2-IND/Zn and PVP solutions, the fingermarks could be successfully developed until 3 days after the preparation of the mixture. However, from the third day after mixing the reagents, blackening was observed on the surface of the thermal paper, indicating deterioration of the reagent performance. The 1,2-IND/Zn and PVP solutions separately stored without mixing in advance were mixed immediately before use, and the development efficiency of the latent fingermarks deposited on the surface of thermal paper was observed. The performance of the PVP solution decreased after 20 days from the preparation of the reagent. It was also found that the shelf life of 1,2-IND/Zn and PVP mixture was determined by the PVP solution. The effect of oxygen and moisture on the degradation of PVP was investigated. It was found that the performance of the PVP solution deteriorated because of the influence of moisture, though it was not affected by oxygen.


1,2-indandione;polyvinylpyrrolidone;thermal paper;latent fingermark;shelf life


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