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Synthesis and characterization of four alkyl 2-cyanoacrylate monomers and their precursors for use in latent fingerprint detection

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  • Mark Tahtouh,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway New South Wales 2007 Australia
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  • John R. Kalman,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway New South Wales 2007 Australia
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  • Brian J. Reedy

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    1. Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway New South Wales 2007 Australia
    • Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway New South Wales 2007 Australia
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Abstract

Four novel cyanoacrylates, 2-cyanoethyl 2-cyanoacrylate, 1-cyanoethyl 2-cyanoacrylate, trideuteromethyl 2-cyanoacrylate and pentadeuteroethyl 2-cyanoacrylate have been synthesized using a Diels-Alder protection/deprotection route involving anthracene. The common route for the synthesis of alkyl 2-cyanoacrylates was found to be unsatisfactory for the production of small quantities of the targeted cyanoacrylates, which have potential as reagents for the mid-infrared spectral imaging of fingerprints on difficult surfaces. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2010

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