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

7 Crime Shows to Watch This Week

GQ recommends Forensic Files as a crime show that you should watch this week. Microtrace founder Skip Palenik has been featured on seven episodes of the hit show. Read More

New Instrument- Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography System

Microtrace has added a new instrument to its laboratory:  the Waters Acquitiy H-Class Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) system. Read More

Happy Holidays from Microtrace

Merry Christmas 2019 from Microtrace! Read More

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Recent Publications

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

MAFS Annual Conference in Louisville, KY this Week

This week (13-18 October 2019), the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) is holding its 48th annual meeting in Louisville, KY. Two Microtrace scientists are presenting at the conference. On Tuesday (15 October) Kelly Brinsko-Beckert will co-present a workshop with Dr. Benoit Maze entitled, “The Forensic Analysis of New and Emerging Fibers.” On Friday (18 […] Read More

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