Geolocation – New technologies

Geolocation of materials is possible, thanks to technologies in the TIL laboratory

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Determining the origin of raw materials is no longer a challenge, thanks to forensic geolocation techniques, which are applied in TIL through the use of complex and innovative equipment. Thanks to the analysis of stable isotopes (IRMS – Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer) and the determination of rare-earth (ICP-MS – Inductive Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometer), it is possible to identify the geographical regions of origin of organic cotton, natural fibers and animal skins.

These two types of tests, when performed jointly, can determine the geographical origin of materials, thanks also to impressive mapping work and the creation of databases (of which TIL is the owner) specific to the different types of materials.