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Posted: November 2, 2009
Indian forensic scientists explore the use of nanotechnology for solving complex crimes
(Nanowerk News) Forensic science is exploring new horizons with Gandhinagar-based Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) by starting a new research on application and use of nanotechnology for solving complex crimes.
"Using nanotechnology is India's first of its kind project, will usher the forensic experts into a new era in forensic crime detection," DFS's Director J M Vyas told the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Monday.
"In many cases, forensic evidence is key to obtaining a conviction and often only very small quantities of forensic material are found from the crime scene," Vyas said.
"The Central government accepted our proposal and has sanctioned funds for the research for the project.
"We have planned to do detail research on how to use nanotechnology in finger print detection, drug analysis, building of light weight bullet proof waist using nanoparticles and bullet proof glass," Vyas said.
Nanotechnology, is the study of the control of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. It deals with structures of the size of generally 100 nanometers or smaller and involves developing materials or devices within that size, he said.
"In foreign countries pioneering research work is going on how to use nanotechnology in detection of crime. We are starting this research at the right time," Vyas said.
This technology can be used for security purposes including, protecting citizens and state from organised crime, detecting unsolved crimes and preventing terrorist acts.
After DFS proposed the project a Central team came here and checked our facilities at DFS Gandhinagar and were satisfied to find necessary infrastructure and trained scientists to conduct the research, he added.
"The Centre has given us Rs 3.8 million (US$80,997) initially to fund our research Vyas said adding,"under the project we will also develop a new technology to detect pirated CDs.
The Central government has sanctioned Rs 1.2 million (US$25,473) for the project." he said.