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.

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Alan Stone Joins Microtrace Staff

Alan Stone joins the Microtrace staff. Alan is a metallurgist who specializes in industrial troubleshooting, failure analysis, and metallographic evaluations. Read More

Merry Christmas from Microtrace!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Microtrace! Read More

Documentary- What Happened to Timmothy Pitzen?

A new documentary entitled “What Happened to Timmothy Pitzen?” features interviews with Skip Palenik about Microtrace's soil and mineral analysis in the case. Read More

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Recent Publications

The Chemistry of Forensic Fiber Analysis

Kelly Brinsko Beckert, MS presented "The Chemistry of Forensic Fiber Analysis" to the Joliet Section Meeting of the American Chemical Society on 07 December 2022. Read More

Article- Routine Mitogenome MPS Analysis from 1 and 5 mm of Rootless Human Hair

Microtrace scientist Jason Beckert recently co-authored the article "Routine Mitogenome MPS Analysis from 1 and 5 mm of Rootless Human Hair" in the journal Genes. Read More

An Introduction to the Forensic Investigation and Analysis of Trace Evidence

On Wednesday, 16 November 2022, Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will be giving a keynote presentation for the Wiley/AAFS Forensic Lab Talks seminar entitled, "An Introduction to the Forensic Investigation and Analysis of Trace Evidence." Read More

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