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

Happy 29th Anniversary, Microtrace!

Saturday, November 6th marked Microtrace's 29th anniversary. Read More

Starved Rock Murder Evidence to be Reanalyzed

Microtrace has been asked to assist with the reanalysis of evidence in the Starved Rock murders investigation. Read More

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Recent Publications

Article: Characterization of Aluminum Powders in IEDs, Part II

"Characterization and differentiation of aluminum powders used in improvised explosive devices. Part 2: Micromorphometric method refinement and preliminary statistical analysis." Co-authored by Jack Hietpas PhD. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 19 November 2020. Read More

Article: Characterization of Crystalline Structures in Cannabis Extracts

“Optical and spectroscopic characterization of crystalline structures in cannabis extracts” by Otyllia R. Abraham. Journal of Forensic Sciences 2021. Read More

Microtrace Scientists Present at Annual MAFS Meeting

This week (31 October to 05 November 2021), Microtrace scientists Jason Beckert and Kelly Brinsko Beckert will present papers at the the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists annual meeting. Read More

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