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Nano Research

Article Title

Background-free latent fingerprint imaging based on nanocrystals with long-lived luminescence and pH-guided recognition

Authors

Zhiheng Li, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Qian Wang, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Yingqian Wang, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Qinqin Ma, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Jie Wang, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Zhihao Li, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Yingxue Li, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Xiaobo Lv, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Wei Wei, State Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 10090, China
Lang Chen, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Quan Yuan, Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

Keywords

fingerprint, persistent luminescence, background interference, nanoparticle, imaging

Abstract

ABSTRACT Latent fingerprints (LFPs) are highly specific to individuals, and LFP imaging has played an important role in areas such as forensic investigation and law enforcement. Presently, LFP imaging still faces considerable problems, including background interference and destructive and complex operations. Herein, we have designed a background-free, nondestructive, and easy-to-perform method for LFP imaging based on pH-mediated recognition of LFPs by carboxyl groupfunctionalized Zn2GeO4:Mn (ZGO:Mn-COOH) persistent luminescence nanorods (PLNRs). By simply adjusting the pH of the ZGO:Mn-COOH colloid dispersion to a certain acidic range, the negatively charged ZGO:Mn-COOH readily binds to protonated fingerprint ridges via electrostatic attraction. The ZGO:Mn-COOH colloid dispersion can be stored in portable commercial spray bottles, and the LFPs have been easily detected in situ by simply dropping the colloid dispersion on the LFPs. Moreover, since the ZGO:Mn-COOH can remain luminescent after excitation ceases, background color and background fluorescence interference were efficiently removed by simply capturing the luminescent LFP images after the excitation ceased. The entire LFP imaging process can be easily conducted without any destructive or complex operations. Due to the great versatility of the developed method for LFP imaging, clear LFP images with well-resolved ridge patterns were obtained. The designed background-free, nondestructive, and easy-to-perform LFP imaging strategy has great potential for future applications, such as forensic investigations and law enforcement.

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Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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