Microtrace’s Analytical Versatility on Display at Inter/Micro 2018

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This week, microscopists from around the world are gathering in Chicago for Inter/Micro 2018- the premier international microscopy conference. Eight Microtrace scientists are presenting papers that span all three days of the symposium, which runs from June 11th through June 13th. The Microtrace talks cover topics including fibers and textiles, automotive paint, glass, and discoloration and chemical contamination. The papers also cover analytical methods spanning light and electron microscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, infrared microspectroscopy, and microchemistry. This breadth of topics illustrates the versatility of our approach and the range of our laboratory’s experience and expertise.

Microtrace talks include:

  • Eight Is Enough: Fabric Physical Matches in an International Drug Smuggling Case (Jason Beckert)
  • Pigments in Olefin Fibers (Kelly Brinsko Beckert)
  • A Survey of Elements Detected in Multi-layered Automotive Paint Samples by SEMEDS (Ethan Groves, Christopher Palenik)
  • Taking a Closer Look at Some Photochromic Materials (Joseph Insana)
  • The Curious Case of the Yellowing Labels: An Investigation into the Discoloration of Package Labels (Brendan Nytes)
  • A Survey of Analytical Considerations for the Forensic Comparison of Automotive Paints by SEMEDS (Christopher Palenik, Ethan Groves)
  • The Burning Rock (Skip Palenik)
  • Product Discoloration: Analysis of an Unknown Red Colorant (Katie White, Chris Palenik)

Research presentations given during the first three days covered techniques and instrumentation, environmental and industrial microscopy, and forensic and chemical microscopy.

All abstracts for Inter/Micro presentations can be found here.


Since its beginning in 1948, Inter/Micro has grown to attract microscopists, both amateur and professional, from all areas of light and electron microscopy. Recognized internationally, this meeting is now held every year in Chicago and continues to be sponsored and hosted by McCrone Research Institute.

The first Microscopy Symposium on Electron and Light Microscopy was developed by Walter C. McCrone (light microscopist in chemistry) and Charles Tufts (electron microscopist in physics) and was held June 10-12, 1948 at the Stevens Hotel, now the Hilton Chicago. The Inter/Micro symposia are believed to be the very first meetings to gather top people in light and electron microscopy together to discuss very small particles, including the range of ultrafine particles that are commonly referred to today as “nanoparticles.”

More details about the conference can be found here.

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