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

Profile: Microtrace Looks Toward ‘Nanotrace’ Evidence

Forensic Magazine features "Forensic Lab Profile: Microtrace Looks Toward ‘Nanotrace’ Evidence" Read More

Microtrace COVID-19 Response: Update (21 April 2020)

COVID-19 update (23 March 2020). Microtrace will remain open and continue to serve our clients. Read More

CACNews features Microtrace’s painting of Edmond Locard

The cover of CACNews (2Q 2020) recently featured a painting of Dr. Edmond Locard, which was commissioned by Microtrace president Skip Palenik. This painting was also the subject of Microtrace's 2019 Christmas card. Read More

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Recent Publications

Microtrace Scientists Present at Pittcon 2020

This week (March 1-5, 2020) Microtrace scientists Christopher Palenik and Jack Hietpas presented at Pittcon 2020 Conference in Chicago, IL. Dr. Palenik presented on the analysis of automotive paints by SEM/EDS, and Dr. Hietpas spoke on the characterization of smokeless powders. Read More

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference 2020

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is holding their Annual Meeting from February 17 to 22, 2020. Chris Palenik, Ph.D. will present on automotive paint analysis. Read More

Microtrace Presents at the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society

On November 22nd, Microtrace's Christopher Palenik spoke to the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society on "Microanalysis in Forensic Paint Investigations" at their conference entitled "An Art and a Science- Topics in Microanalysis." Read More

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