News from Microtrace

Condoms and Lubricants

Intercourse paraphernalia, such as condoms and lubricants, can be the subject of criminal or product tampering/contamination cases. Utilizing our diverse collection of analytical techniques, including light microscopy, infrared microspectroscopy, and GC-MS, Microtrace is uniquely equipped to analyze such samples. Read More

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

X-Ray Imaging (Radiography)

Microtrace's portable x-ray imaging system is a versatile instrument that allows our scientists to scan samples of any size quickly for hidden contaminants. This instrument can assist in a wide-range of analyses from art and antiquity authentication to product contamination in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food industries, and even to forensic cases. Read More

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Recent Publications

See Breadth of Microtrace at Inter/Micro 2017

This week, microscopists from around the world gathered in Chicago for Inter/Micro 2017- the premier international microscopy conference. Seven Microtrace scientists presented papers during the symposium. Read More

Skip Palenik to Lead Workshop on Trace Evidence in Animal Abuse Cases

On Monday, May 15th, Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will lead a one-day workshop on the role of trace evidence in the investigation and prosecution of animal abuse casework. Read More

Skip Palenik Interviewed on FBI Mishandling of Hair Evidence

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism recently published a nationally syndicated article covering the FBI's much-publicized mishandling of hair evidence in the 1980s and 1990. The article features an interview with Microtrace founder Skip Palenik on the FBI's treatment of hair evidence, as well as the uses and limitations of hair comparison and analysis. Read More

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