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Preliminary investigations into using eugenol to recover erased characters on polymers

Burke, Karl, Lewis, Simon, Bett, Jay, Southurst, Taryn, Lim, Kieran and Gutowski, S. 2007, Preliminary investigations into using eugenol to recover erased characters on polymers, Journal of forensic identification, vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 522-529.

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Title Preliminary investigations into using eugenol to recover erased characters on polymers
Author(s) Burke, Karl
Lewis, Simon
Bett, Jay
Southurst, Taryn
Lim, Kieran
Gutowski, S.
Journal name Journal of forensic identification
Volume number 57
Issue number 4
Start page 522
End page 529
Publisher International Association for Identification
Place of publication Alameda, Calif.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0895-173X
Keyword(s) chemical sciences
Summary In this paper we present our preliminary studies on the efficacy of eugenol for the recovery of erased characters on polymers. We have found that eugenol rapidly recovers erased characters when applied to the surface of polymer substrates. By applying eugenol to the surface to be treated using a cotton bud or paintbrush, we were able to revisualize erased characters from a range of polymers, inclluding acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, acrylic, high-impact polystrene, and polystyrene. Eugenol is safe, nonhazardour, and easily sourced reagent for this purpose.
Notes Cover date: July/August

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Language eng
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, International Association for Identification
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007731

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