News from Microtrace


While Microtrace is 25 years old, the idea for a laboratory that investigates unusual and atypical problems has evolved in the minds of Skip and Chris for decades longer.  Read below to learn more about some of the notable events in this history of Microtrace. Read More

Academic Lineage

Here is a look at a portion of the Microtrace academic lineage, which showcases a few of the scientists who have influenced our thoughts and approaches. Read More

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

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Recent Publications

Skip Palenik Guides MAFS Workshop to Uncover “What’s in that Dust?”

On September 20th, Skip Palenik presented a full day workshop ("What's in that dust?") at the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists' Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH. Skip guided attendees through a practical introduction to the identification and contextualization of dust components by microscopy and microchemistry. Beginning with lecture-demonstrations and moving quickly to practical laboratory sessions, students learned techniques to support every aspect of a dust investigation from collection and analysis to interpretation. Read More

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

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