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

Spotlight on: Cathodoluminescence Microscopy

Micotrace uses cathodoluminescence microscopy for the analysis of a wide range of materials, including: rocks, soil, glass, building materials, paint, and tape. Microtrace scientists have conducted some of the most extensive studies to date into forensic applications of CL. Read More

Forensic lab that’s identified serial killers is inspecting evidence in 1960 Starved Rock killings

Chicago Sun Times Article on Microtrace's recent work inspecting evidence in 1960 Starved Rock killings. Read More

Microtrace Provides Expert Soil Testimony at Trial

Microtrace founder Skip Palenik provides expert trace evidence soil testimony at trial. Read More

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Recent Publications

Optical and Chemical Characterization and Identification of Crystalline Structures in Cannabis Solvent Extracts

On Thursday, 30 September, Otyllia Abraham will present to SciX 2021 on "Optical and Chemical Characterization and Identification of Crystalline Structures in Cannabis Solvent Extracts." Read More

Forensic Analysis of New and Emerging Fibers

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Kelly Brinsko Beckert will present a workshop to the annual meetings of MAAFS and ASTEE entitled “Forensic Analysis of New and Emerging Fibers.” Read More

Commentary: Traceology, Criminalistics, and Forensic Science

"Commentary: Traceology, criminalistics, and forensic science" Co-authored by Jack Hietpas, Ph.D. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Published 15 August 2021. Read More

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