Understanding the chemistry of the development of latent fingerprints by superglue fuming.

@article{Wargacki2007UnderstandingTC,
  title={Understanding the chemistry of the development of latent fingerprints by superglue fuming.},
  author={Stephen P Wargacki and Linda A. Lewis and Mark D Dadmun},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={52 5},
  pages={1057-62}
}
Cyanoacrylate fuming is a widely used forensic tool for the development of latent fingerprints, however the mechanistic details of the reaction between the fingerprint residue and the cyanoacrylate vapor are not well understood. Here the polymerization of ethyl-cyanoacrylate vapor by sodium lactate or alanine solutions, two of the major components in fingerprint residue, has been examined by monitoring the time dependence of the mass uptake and resultant polymer molecular weight characteristics… CONTINUE READING