IAFS stands for International Association of Forensic Science, which is a chance for forensic scientists, police experts and people from other forensic science branches to talk about their experiences and ideas, so as learn about new technologies and possibilities in the field of forensic.

Latent Fingerprints on Wet Surfaces

It is hard to find latent fingerprints on wet surfaces with common chemicals like powders without destroying the prints by letting the surface dry first. Therefore, another method needs to be used- SPR Spray. A spray containing small particles that stick to the secretions in a fingerprint eventhough the surface is wet.

Vacuum Metal Deposition

The vacuum metal deposition is divided into several process steps. At first, the exhibit is put into a high-vacuum cabin. There, gold particles are evaporated onto the exhibit. These particles stick to the exhibit only, but not at all to the fingerprint: The skin fat of the fingerprint prevents the particles from sticking to the surface.

Ninhydrin – Visualizing of fingerprints

Ninhydrin is a chemical compound which proves the presence of amino acids and specific proteins. When Ninhydrin gets in contact with those substances, it reacts with creating a blue violet-red brownish colorant which makes them visible. The product of this blue violet reaction was described by Ruhemann in 1911 for the first time. Thus, it refers to the name of “Ruhemanns Purpur”.

NIST- National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST, better known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a part of the U.S Commerce Department. NIST develops and promotes measurement standards. It also supports industry and science in implementing these standards. The corresponding standard allows the consistent exchange of many features with the fingerprint itself. Also, it provides information about the recording department and the applied technology.