University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 184-188.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201910019

Special Issue: 化学科普(2020)

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Disseminating Scientific Knowledge Using Chemistry Teaching: Exemplified by the Chemical Principles of Fingerprint Manifestation

Jingyi Zhang1, Yingchao Li1, Zhong Li1, Ying Zhang2, Yanyan Wang2, Guobin Xin2, Hua Liu2, Xun Li1,*()   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology(Ministry of Education), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University, Ji'nan 250012, P. R. China
    2 Key Laboratory of Forensic Toxicology, Ministry of Public Security, Beijing 100192, P. R. China
  • Received:2019-10-11 Accepted:2020-02-12 Published:2020-02-27
  • Contact: Xun Li


Fingerprint can be widely acknowledged as the "first evidence" of forensic science, in which fingerprint manifestation is the first and also the most important step to discover latent fingerprint. Flipped classroom and team-based learning modes have been implemented in the chapter of "chemistry and criminal science and technology" of Chemistry and Society course. Students were encouraged to consult relevant references in advance and participated in the team discussion in class. Herein, the fingerprint is personified into a "mysterious thief" with multiple faces, while various fingerprint display technologies are personified into investigators of the fingerprint department. Collectively, this teaching strategy can popularize the chemical principles of several fingerprint techniques to students, enrich their scientific understanding of the fingerprint display technology, and improve their scientific quality and learning interests.

Key words: Fingerprint display technology, Cyanoacrylate fuming, Ninhydrin, Genipin, 8-Hydroxyquinoline


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