Inter/Micro 2022 Displays Microtrace’s Analytical Versatility

This week, microscopists from around the world are gathering in Chicago for Inter/Micro 2022- the premier international microscopy conference. Nine Microtrace scientists are presenting papers during the symposium, which runs from September 20th through 23rd. The Microtrace talks cover topics including fiberspaintinks, and polymers. The papers also cover analytical methods spanning light and electron microscopy (SEM/EDS), fluorescence microscopy, infrared microspectroscopy, ultra high performance liquid chromatography / high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC/HR-MS),  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:

  • Classification and Identification of Historical Inks (Christopher Palenik, Ph.D.)
  • Image Only: Analysis When Sampling is Not Possible (Christopher Palenik, Ph.D.)
  • Some Thoughts and Observations on Inscriptions Encountered in Antiquarian Books on Microscopy and Microchemistry (Skip Palenik)
  • Steps to Achieve Representative and Reproducible SEMEDS Spectra in Paints and Polymers (Jack Hietpas, Ph.D.)
  • Never Too Small – A Microscopic Physical Fit (Jason Beckert, M.S)
  • Forensic Microscopy of Pigmented Fibers (Kelly Brinsko Beckert, M.S.)
  • Applications of Microanalysis to Identifying and Sourcing Particle Contaminants: Case Study: Particular identification in an IV bag (Katie M. White, M.S)
  • Beyond what the Eye Can See: Application of Long-Exposure Fluorescence Imaging to the Characterization of Pigmented Fibers (Otyllia Abraham, M.S.)
  • Microtomy of Pigmented Fibers- Making the Right Cut (Ethan Groves)
  • Characterization of a Pink Discoloration from an Unusual Source (Brendan Nytes)

Research presentations given during the first two days will cover techniques and instrumentation, environmental and industrial microscopy, and forensic and chemical microscopy.

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