Novel Fluorescent Labeled Octasilsesquioxanes Nanohybrids as Potential Materials for Latent Fingerprinting Detection
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The recent demand for fluorescent labeled materials (FLMs) in forensic security concepts such as latent fingerprints (LFs) that encodes information for anti-counterfeiting and encryption of confidential data makes necessary the development of building new and innovative materials. Here, novel FLMs based on Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) functionalized with fluorophores via “click” reactions have been successfully synthesized and fully characterized. A comprehensive study of their photophysical properties has displayed large Stokes’s shift together with good photostability in all cases, fulfilling the fundamental requisites for any legible LF detection on various surfaces. The excellent performance of the hetero-bifunctional FLM in the visualization of LF is emphasized by their legibility, selectivity, sensitivity and temporal photostability. In this study, development mechanisms have been proposed and the overall concept constitute a novel approach for vis-à-vis forensic investigations to trace an individual’s identity.