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

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Microtrace!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2024 from Microtrace! Read More

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

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Recent Publications

Microtrace Presents at American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2024

Microtrace scientists have contributed to four papers presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting this year (2024). Read More

Microscopical Pursuit: An evening of photomicrography-based trivia

On January 19th, 2024, Christopher Palenik will present "Microscopical Pursuit: An evening of photomicrography-based trivia" to the State Microscopical Society of Illinois. Read More

Microscopical recognition and characterization of solution dyed fibers

"Microscopical recognition and characterization of solution dyed fibers" Journal of Forensic Sciences (January 2024), by Kelly Brinsko-Beckert, et al. Read More

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