Inks which cannot be photocopied – to confound bank-note forgers – are exciting printers of most of the world`s major currencies. A team from colour chemistry, led by Professor David Lewis and Dr Long Lin, has created an ink which changes colour when copied or scanned, to prevent forgers colour matching banknotes.
"There are already hundreds of security measures in place for banknotes," said Professor Lewis. "But these don`t stop forgeries – some estimates put the number of forged banknotes as high as 5%. In a busy nightclub, for example, it`s hard to check the holograms, metallic strips or even just to judge by eye. Our new ink would make it much harder for forgers to produce banknotes at all."
Forgers sometimes copy or scan notes, and work on the digital image to find an exact colour match. With the new inks, this would be impossible.
Vanessa Bridge | alfa
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