The Science of Trace Evidence

For over 25 years, clients around the world have put their trust in our skill and discretion to solve their most delicate problems.
Microtrace is a materials analysis laboratory, specializing in the characterization and identification of small quantities and single small particles of unknown substances, using a combination of state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques based on microscopy and microchemistry. Our analytical approach is sample driven, which allows us to provide solutions to problems outside or beyond the scope of typical in-house, commercial or forensic laboratories. Since 1992, we have provided analytical support in criminal and civil litigation, to the insurance, pharmaceutical, food, environmental and manufacturing industries, as well as clients in art, collectibles, and antiquities.

News from Microtrace

Documentary- What Happened to Timmothy Pitzen?

A new documentary entitled “What Happened to Timmothy Pitzen?” features interviews with Skip Palenik about Microtrace's soil and mineral analysis in the case. Read More

EAS Papers

On Monday, November 14th, Dr. Christopher Palenik will present two papers at EAS 2022- “Examination of Pigmented Fibers for Trace Evidence Applications” and “Microscopical Analysis Applied to the Detection and Sourcing of Counterfeit Products.” Read More

30th Anniversary: Celebrating 30 Years of Microscopical Problem Solving

November 6th, 2022 marks Microtrace's 30th anniversary! Thank you to all out clients and friends who have supported us throughout the years. Read More

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Recent Publications

Article- Routine Mitogenome MPS Analysis from 1 and 5 mm of Rootless Human Hair

Microtrace scientist Jason Beckert recently co-authored the article "Routine Mitogenome MPS Analysis from 1 and 5 mm of Rootless Human Hair" in the journal Genes. Read More

An Introduction to the Forensic Investigation and Analysis of Trace Evidence

On Wednesday, 16 November 2022, Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will be giving a keynote presentation for the Wiley/AAFS Forensic Lab Talks seminar entitled, "An Introduction to the Forensic Investigation and Analysis of Trace Evidence." Read More

Microtrace Article: Glass Analysis by X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

New article in Forensic Chemistry (Dec 2022, v.31) "Evaluation of the performance of modern X-ray fluorescence spectrometry systems for the forensic analysis of glass," co-authored by Joseph Insana. Read More

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