Scientific Analysis

Technical Services

I partner with a private, independent laboratory specializing in the identification of minute amounts of unknown substances and single small particles by microscopy and microchemistry. Analytical services are not limited to reporting the results. Upon request we can offer a detailed interpretation of the facts and data.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Identification of complete unknowns
  • Fibers natural and synthetic
  • Metals (Identification, composition and sourcing)
  • Wood and paper
  • Paint and clear coatings (Architectural and decorative arts)
  • Polymers and polymer failure analysis
  • Corrosion products and patinas
  • Pigments and dyes
  • Soot char and carbon black


In civil cases the lab is consulted by both the prosecution and the defense in the civil legal arena.

Our forensic services include:

  • Evidence collection
  • Comparisons of questioned and known evidence
  • Case reviews and reanalysis of evidence
  • Expert testimony


In addition, dealers, museums, buyers and auction houses in the fields of fine art, decorative art and antiquities consult with us regarding issues of authenticity.

Laboratory Staff

Scientists have strong academic backgrounds in a variety of scientific disciplines. Staff continually undergo additional training with world renowned experts in various areas of expertise and are qualified in state, federal and foreign courts.

Analytical Capabilities

Our world class micro-analytical laboratories provide results in self-contained, narrative and illustrated reports

Light Microscopy:

  • Stereo Microscopy
  • Classical Microchemical Analysis
  • Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
  • Comparison Microscopy
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Hot Stage Microscopy
  • Interference Microscopy
  • Reflected Light Microscopy
  • Phase Contrast Microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM/EDS)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM/SAED/EDS)
  • Cathodoluminescence Microscopy (CL)


  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Pyrolysis and Thermal Desorption (Py-GC-MS)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Infrared Microspectroscopy (micro-FTIR)
  • UV/Visible Microspectrophotometry (MSP)
  • X-Ray Flourescence (micro-XRF)
  • Raman Microspectroscopy (RMP)
  • X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)