Prof. Rob Hillman presents lectures at the International Fingerprint Research group meeting

Rob Hillman recently attended the International Fingerprint Research group (IFRG) meeting, hosted by the People’s Public Security University in Beijing. This is a biennial gathering of researchers and practitioners from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia where emerging technologies meet new challenges in this pivotal aspect of forensic science. During the main conference, Rob Hillman presented lectures on recent research on the physical developer method for revealing latent fingermarks on paper (notably currency) and the translation to a practitioner environment of electroless metal deposition for revealing latent fingermarks on copper-containing surfaces (notably bullet casings and as found in cases of metal theft). This highlighted experimental work carried out in the Department by Jodie Coulston and Leisa Nichols-Drew.

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Rob giving his lectures as part of the meeting

Five of the overseas delegates were invited to give an additional evening lecture to undergraduate forensic science students. These students are part of the police service, as evidenced by their smartly presented uniforms. This group of students were given a lecture on the use of electrochromic polymers as reagents for revealing latent fingermarks on the surfaces of such objects as knives and other sharp weapons. Their professional interests generated questions and a lively discussion. Unlike lectures in Leicester, the lecturer was presented with a bouquet of flowers at the end of the session.

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Rob giving his invited evening lecture to undergraduate forensic science students

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