The Science of Trace Evidence

For over 30 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

Happy 31st Anniversary, Microtrace!

Happy 31st Anniversary, Microtrace! Read More

Chris Palenik Interviewed about “Forensic Files” and Trace Evidence

Hagerty Media interviews Microtrace Vice-President Chris Palenik, Ph.D., about trace evidence investigations and Forensic Files television series. Read More

Skip Palenik Interview on Role of Microscopy in Modern Art Analysis

Skip Palenik is interviewed about the role of microscopy and microchemistry in modern art analysis and authentication. Read More

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Recent Publications

Jason Beckert Speaks to Forensic Science Students at Bowling Green State University

On November 6th, Jason Beckert lectured to an ethics in forensic science class at Bowling Green State University. Read More

Forensic Chemical Microscopy and the Fun of Figuring Things Out

At 1 PM (Central) on October 11th, Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will present "Forensic Chemical Microscopy and the Fun of Figuring Things Out," to the Quekett Microscopical Club. Read More

Is a Conservative Decision in the Lab Always Conservative?

In the US, forensic laboratories are often isolated from the context of a case. Judgements made in such a context can have unexpected implications. This is an example in which a laboratory's "conservative decision" had unintended implications. Read More

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