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Non-invasive detection and chemical mapping of trace metal residues on the skin

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Abstract

Residual traces of the metals copper and lead on an individual's skin may be elucidated by reaction of rubeanic acid with a gelatine lift taken from the target area in question, yielding intensely coloured reaction products. This non-invasive technique has been shown to offer promise in chemically mapping the distribution of the minute metal residues across an individual's hand deposited through touching metal items, a technique with potential forensic significance.

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The article was received on 20 Mar 2014, accepted on 10 Apr 2014 and first published on 15 Apr 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02463J
Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 19525-19528
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    Non-invasive detection and chemical mapping of trace metal residues on the skin

    S. M. Bleay, L. E. Grove, P. F. Kelly, R. S. P. King, K. Mayse, B. C. Shah and R. Wilson, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 19525
    DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02463J

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