Highly efficient photothermal semiconductor nanocomposites for photothermal imaging of latent fingerprints

Jiabin Cui, Suying Xu, Chang Guo, Rui Jiang, Tony D. James, Leyu Wang

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Abstract

Optical imaging of latent fingerprints (LFPs) has been widely used in forensic science and for antiterrorist applications, but it suffers from interference from autofluorescence and the substrates background color. Cu7S4 nanoparticles (NPs), with excellent photothermal properties, were synthesized using a new strategy and then fabricated into amphiphilic nanocomposites (NCs) via polymerization of allyl mercaptan coated on Cu7S4 NPs to offer good affinities toward LFPs. Here, we develop a facile and versatile photothermal LFP imaging method based on the high photothermal conversion efficiency (52.92%, 808 nm) of Cu7S4 NCs, indicating its effectiveness for imaging LFPs left on different substrates (with various background colors), which will be extremely useful for crime scene investigations. Furthermore, by fabricating Cu7S4-CdSe@ZnS NCs, a fluorescent-photothermal dual-mode imaging strategy was used to detect trinitrotoluene (TNT) in LFPs while still maintaining a complete photothermal image of LFP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11592-11598
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Volume87
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2015

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