McRI Research

Continuing the tradition that started with Dr. McCrone’s first research projects (applying chemical microscopy to explosives at Cornell University), McCrone Research Institute conducts basic and applied research related to its mission of expanding particle analysis capabilities and using microscopical and microanalytical techniques to address problems in forensic, industrial, pharmaceutical, environmental and conservation sciences. This research is funded internally and by selected grants and contracts associated with a variety of academic institutes, government agencies and corporations.

Current research is presented every year at the annual Inter/Micro conference in Chicago and published in the quarterly journal, The Microscope. More information about Inter/Micro and The Microscope journal can be found at the following links.

Featured Research at McCrone

Microcrystal Tests for Illicit Drugs and Diverted Pharmaceuticals (new)
Examining the Effects of Environmental Degradation on the Optical Properties of Manufactured Fibers (new)
The Shroud of Turin
The Vinland Map
The Particle Atlas
The McCrone Research Institute Museum of Microscopy, Collections & Library

If you have original research that you would like to present at Inter/Micro or publish in The Microscope journal, please contact the Registrar at

All other inquiries about McCrone research interests and possible research internships can be sent to