Chemical “barcodes”

A new Australian technology is promising to offer a secure authentication and identification of commercial and bulk products.

DataTraceDNA incorporates unique patterns of indelible microparticles into the molecular structure of materials and products. The microparticles, invisible to the naked eye, can be easily read like a chemical barcode with a hand-held portable field reader.


The chemical barcode is enormously complex, making it extremely difficult for counterfeiters to reproduce. And as it is incorporated into the materials and products, it cannot be removed, masked or altered.

The company is initially focusing on incorporating the technology into cement, timber, explosives, adhesives, paint, packaging, polymers, chemicals and pharmaceutical packaging.

Via The Engineer. Picture source.