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

Congratulations to Brian Ford- 2020 Ernst Abbe Award Recipient

The New York Microscopical Society will present the Ernst Abbe Award to Brian J. Ford on Tuesday, November 17. Chris Palenik will offer a talk at the presentation entitled, "Oblique illuminations," in honor of Ford's contributions to microscopy. Read More

Forensic Science Week 2020

This week (20-26 September 2020) is National Forensic Science Week. Read More

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

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Recent Publications

Asian Forensic Sciences Network Guest Speaker

On 11 November 2020, the Trace Evidence Working Group of AFSN held a Forensic Science Symposium. Invited speaker Skip Palenik presented "An Introduction to Forensic Hair & Fiber Microscopy with Special Attention to Databases.” Read More

Article: Characterization of Aluminum Powders in IEDs

"Characterization and differentiation of aluminum powders used in improvised explosive devices" Co-authored by Jack Hietpas, Ph.D. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2020 Read More

Book Chapter- Forensic Hair Microscopy

The Handbook of Trace Evidence Analysis (August 2020) contains a chapter authored by Jason Beckert, M.S., entitled "Forensic Hair Microscopy." Read More

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