Two scientists

Ink and paper. Eliminate the imposters.

High-profile courts cases—from securities fraud to murder investigations—often hinge upon suspicious documents, requiring comparison between inks or reference databases. Counterfeit currency detection also relies upon analysis of the inks as well as the paper itself. Speed and accuracy are essential in building cases and making them stick. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers peer-proven paper and ink investigation tools to assist Forensic Document Examiners view suspicious articles regarding theft identity, forgery, counterfeiting, fraud, or uttering of a forged document.

Featured suspicious documents products

Featured suspicious documents categories

Non-Destructive Investigation

The Thermo Scientific tools comply with published forensic sciences standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials  (ASTM) International for methods and procedures recommending the use of UV-VIS and FTIR spectroscopy. The ASTM Subcommittee E30.90  publishes a variety of such standards detailing methods and specific test types related to ink and paper testing for FDEs.  

Destructive Investigation

Inks may also be distinguished by other more complex chemical tests like chromatographymass spectrometry, and other techniques but these are likely to be destructive to some extent. Access to the power of mass spectrometry provides your laboratory with additional options to confirm initial findings. 


Removing Doubt in Forensic Science

In this eBook overview of the current state of forensic chemistry and the latest mass spectrometry technology for staying ahead of your casework, we discuss:

  • Changes in regulations
  • Drugged driving cases
  • Polydrug use - blood alcohol, marijuana, cocaine,
  • Novel psychoactive substances - cathinones, cannabinoids, fentanyl, designer drugs

Register to download


Featured video
Polymer Analysis with FT-IR Spectroscopy

Solve analytical challenges using the Nicolet iS50 FT-IR Spectrometer, featuring purpose-built accessories and integrated software.


Clinical Research and Forensics Handbook

In our latest application handbook, we provide access to clinical research and forensic drug chemistry applications, peer reviewed references and recent technical posters for a wide range of experimental techniques, including mass spectrometry (including single quadrupole, triple quadrupole and quantitative high resolution systems), liquid chromatography and a variety of sample prep solutions.

Register to download