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Electronic Fingerprint Development Device "Fuma-Room"

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $61,152)

The 2 main objectives of this proposal are to:
1) Develop a small portable electronic device which will improve fingerprint development time and expand fingerprint development by optimizing cyanoacrylate vapor plumes through the cured pellet format. Research investigators will focus on: a) developing a small, portable device that is user friendly, of low cost with a dual use for homicide and interior of vehicle crime scenes; b) temperature analysis, thermal integration of equipment profile; modified temperature fluctuations, basis electrostatic analysis; c) synchronize Fuma-Room research with current research (NIJ#2006-DN-BX-KO37) with regard to evaluation of sublimation dyes; d) disseminating prototypes to crime scene investigators within the state of West Virginia and national localities for monitored field tests in real crime scene environments.
2) Develop a Temperature controlled chamber which will improve fingerprint development time and expand fingerprint development. Preliminary test results show a relationship between the temperature of the item being processed, ambient humidity, and the quality of the developed print. This research will be used to create a temperature controlled chamber that will optimize temperature and humidity parameters for fingerprint development. Additional studies will be conducted to examine how UV light exposure can improve many polymerization processes.


Date Created: September 25, 2007