News from Microtrace

History Channel’s Hunting Hitler Features Microtrace Analysis

The History Channel's television series Hunting Hitler recently consulted with Microtrace for season 3, episode 2. While exploring a hospital thought to have potentially housed Hitler near the end of the war, investigators found a medicine bottle with unknown contents. They sent the bottle to Microtrace for microchemical analysis. Read More

In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Raymond C. Murray on Saturday, April 7, 2018. A pioneer in the field of forensic geology, Murray was co-author of the first textbook on the discipline, Forensic Geology: Earth Sciences and Criminal Investigation. Read More

Atlanta Monster Podcast Features Interview with Skip Palenik

The Atlanta Monster podcast re-examines the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, which occurred from 1979 to 1981. Episode 9: The Trial features an interview with Microtrace founder Skip Palenik. In the interview, Skip sets up a discussion of the fiber evidence in the Wayne Williams trial, talking about the field of forensic science, the transfer of trace particles, and the Microtrace soil and fiber reference collections. Read More

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Recent Publications

Forensic Science International Article by Microtrace Scientists

The May 2018 edition of Forensic Science International features a research article co-authored by Microtrace scientists Chris Palenik, Kelly Brinsko-Beckert, Joseph Insana and Skip Palenik. In the article, "Analytical and transfer characteristics of a fluorescent detection spray: Implications for subvisible and nanotrace particle transfers," the authors present a microanalytical characterization of a common fluorescent tracer spray and consider analytical precautions that maximize the evidentiary value of sub-visible particles and nanotraces. Read More

Forensic Chemistry Article by Microtrace Scientists

The May 2018 edition of Forensic Chemistry features a research article co-authored by Microtrace scientists Ethan Groves, Chris Palenik, and Skip Palenik. In the article, "Reproducibility of high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) in textile dye analysis," the authors isolate critical variables affecting the precision of data gathered from Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) that can be exploited for the development of reference databases- opening a pathway for the use of forensic dye analysis as an investigative tool. Read More

Microtrace Scientists Present on Nanoparticles at Pittcon 2018

On March 1st, Microtrace scientists Katie White and Kelly Beckert presented four posters at PittCon 2018. Their work detailed aspects of Microtrace's research into nanoparticles and other subvisible particles as trace evidence. Read More

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