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Anti-Counterfeiting Techniques


In recent years, anti-counterfeiting technology has attracted widespread attention. Among them, fluorescent anti-counterfeiting materials are widely used in printing, papermaking, medicine, ticketing and other fields due to the advantages of low cost, good concealment and convenient printing. In anti-counterfeiting technology, fluorescent patterns can be used as promising protection signs that provide high-level security and protect important documents.

Anti-Counterfeiting Techniques Figure 1. The anti-counterfeiting techniques in dollar.


In generally, the fluorescent anti-counterfeiting patterns are composed of the single or multiple colorful up-conversion crystals, fluorescent materials, additives and solvents. After the fluorescent materials absorb the energy of ultraviolet light or infrared light, it quickly releases the energy and presents a bright colored fluorescent effect. When the light source is removed, the fluorescent materials immediately stop emitting light and restores its own stealth state. By combining the fluorescent anti-counterfeiting materials with the pattern, the security level of fluorescent anti-counterfeiting pattern can be greatly improved.


Fluorescent anti-counterfeiting plays an important part in our daily life and the common fluorescent anti-counterfeiting materials are as follows:

  • Inorganic Fluorescent Materials

Inorganic fluorescent materials are added to the anti-counterfeiting patterns, which can only be seen under the illumination of fluorescent lamps. The anti-counterfeiting patterns with inorganic fluorescent materials improved the anti-counterfeiting function in order to leave an invisible secret mark on products.

  • Near-Infrared Dyes

Near-infrared dyes have absorption in the near-infrared region, and the maximum absorption wavelength is 700 nm - 1100 nm, while the oscillation wavelength in the near-infrared region. Since the near-infrared dye absorbs infrared rays, there is no pattern under sunlight, but the corresponding signal or pattern can be observed under the detection instrument.

  • Ultraviolet Dyes

Ultraviolet dyes have strong absorption in the ultraviolet region (200 nm-600 nm), and anti-counterfeiting patterns can only be seen under ultraviolet light.

What Can Alfa Chemistry Do?

Alfa Chemistry's technical R&D team has focused on the preparation and application of fluorescent materials for many years, which has established long-term cooperative relationships with many well-known enterprises and research institutions. We have conducted research on various problems encountered by anti-counterfeiting techniques, which can select the appropriate solution according to the customer's experimental purpose. If you want to know more about our products, please contact us.

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