Monthly Archives: June 2012

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

The success of ninhydrin (2,2-dihydroxyindane-1,3-dione) as a method of revealing latent fingerprints by chemically reacting with the free amines present in amino acid residues has created several imitators. A previous entry described the use of DFO (1,8-diazafluoren-9-one) as a substitute for ninhydrin. Along the way I have discovered several more reagents that most likely react […]