A rational design of AIE-active fluorophore for the fingerprint optical detection

Le Yu, Yunjie Xu, Jungryun Kim, Jieun Lee, Jong Seung Kim

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Fingerprints are one of the distinguishing characteristics of an individual, remaining unaltered throughout one's lifetime. It should be noted that fingerprints are significant and reliable evidence in various cases, such as criminal investigations, medical diagnosis, and public security. Thus, it is necessary to develop efficient techniques for fingerprints detection. Fortunately, the fluorescence emission of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) materials would increase instead of quenching upon excitation when they label fingerprints, which would clearly observe the structure of fingerprints. Herein, we devised a novel AIE-active fluorophore (NI-DB) with electron donor-π bridge-electron acceptor (D-π-A) structure based on the 1,8-naphthalimide. To our delight, after fingerprints fixed by cyanoacrylate glue fuming, NI-DB is capable of detecting and imaging fingerprints via its intrinsic fluorescence emission. And, with the aid of this technique, fingerprints on various object surfaces are successfully developed, suggesting the broad applicability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-522
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the Korean Chemical Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article was supported by the CRI project of National Research Foundation of Korea (No. 2018R1A3B1052702, Jong Seung Kim). Le Yu thanks the China Scholarship Council (CSC; No. 2021907030009).

Funding Information:
National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/Award Number: 2018R1A3B1052702; China Scholarship Council, Grant/Award Number: 2021907030009 Funding information

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Korean Chemical Society, Seoul & Wiley-VCH GmbH.


  • 1,8-naphthalimide fluorophores
  • aggregation-induced emission
  • electron donating-π conjugation-electron withdrawing structure
  • fingerprints detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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