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

Analysis of Microplastics

From consumer products to waste products, microplastics are everywhere, making their way into oceans and soil, and eventually turning up in a wide range of products including drinking water and seafood. Microtrace has the instrumentation, experience, and expertise to isolate, analyze, identify, and assist with sourcing these particles. Read More

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

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Recent Publications

Feature Article: Resolving the Source of Foreign Matter in Formulations

Resolving the Source of Foreign Matter in Formulations By Christopher Palenik, Ph.D. 26 June 2020 Powder & Bulk Solids Read More

Article: The Analysis of 3D Printer Dust for Forensic Applications

"The Analysis of 3D Printer Dust for Forensic Applications" Kelly Brinsko‐Beckert M.S., Christopher S. Palenik Ph.D. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2020 Read More

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

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