Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (xxiii, 129 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jan Halámek

Committee Members

Jayanti Pande, Paul Toscano, Mehmet Yigit, Sergey Krasutsky


Bioanalytical, Drug metabolites, ELISA, Fingerprints, Forensics, UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Crime scene searches, Criminal investigation, Drugs, Marijuana, Dermatoglyphics

Subject Categories

Analytical Chemistry | Biochemistry | Chemistry


With respect to criminal investigations, one key piece of evidence that often gets overlooked are fingerprints. For years, fingerprint samples have been believed to be useful only for matching purposes using their unique ridges, shapes, and sizes. With the rapid growth of forensic science, it has become evident that the development of fingerprint analysis has been stagnant. The traditional approach has been advantageous for the identification of many individuals; however, many fingerprint samples have been labeled “unusable” due to smudging, smearing, or any one of a myriad of reasons that could cause inconclusive matches. These samples can, however, still be of value using a newly established method for the analysis of the fingerprint content itself.