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McCrone 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 and recent McCrone research includes:

The Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Microspectrophotometry (MSP) of Dyed Fibers

Development of Modern Microcrystal Tests for Controlled Drugs, Diverted Pharmaceuticals, and Bath Salts

A Modern Compendium of Microcrystal Tests for Illicit Drugs and Diverted Pharmaceuticals

Examining the Effects of Environmental Degradation on the Optical Properties of Manufactured Fibers of Natural Origin

New research is presented every year at the annual Inter/Micro conference in Chicago and published in the quarterly journal, The Microscope.

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