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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World Microscope Day 2024

This Saturday, April 13th 2024 is World Microscope Day! Read More

Structure of Eclipse Glasses: How are they made?

With the total solar eclipse passing just south of Chicago, all of us at Microtrace were surprised to find that the eclipse could be seen through even a decent layer of clouds - with glasses. We started to wonder about the construction of a pair of disposable eclipse glasses and how they were made, but a quick search on the internet showed that there isn't a whole lot of information. Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Microtrace!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2024 from Microtrace! Read More

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Recent Publications

Microscopic Traces: Solving Real World Problems with Science

On April 17th, 2024 Dr. Christopher Palenik will present "Microscopic Traces: Solving Real World Problems with Science" to the forensic science program at Loyola University, Chicago. Read More

Microtrace Presents at American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2024

Microtrace scientists have contributed to four papers presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting this year (2024). Read More

Microscopical Pursuit: An evening of photomicrography-based trivia

On January 19th, 2024, Christopher Palenik will present "Microscopical Pursuit: An evening of photomicrography-based trivia" to the State Microscopical Society of Illinois. Read More

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