Sciluminate has been found to be a highly effective powder for developing impressions on Firearms, Magazines and Ammunition (please see photo gallery). Sciluminate is more effective than cyanoacrylate in developing impressions on weapon and ammunition surfaces.
Sciluminate is a safe powder that binds to fingerprint residues with a high specificity. After binding to the fingerprint, Sciluminate gives off a strong fluorescent signal that can be visualized using a short-wave UV light. Unlike other commercial products, our product does not “bleach” or fade after long exposures to UV lights, meaning that imaging and analysis can be performed repeatedly without losing fingerprint fidelity. This powder physically bonds to the amino acid and proteins in the whole fingerprint, unlike other products that bind to the moisture in the fingerprint. This physical binding means that our powder is more durable and can be imaged and lifted easily. This also means that our powder is significantly safer for law-enforcement personnel to use on a continuous basis, as no chemical reactions are taking place. The powder can be used outdoors, indoors, and even inside of cars. Specific niche applications include detecting fingerprints on weapon handles, dashboards, steering wheels, and porous materials. Only extremely small amounts of the powder are required to visualize fingerprints.