Over the last two decades rap.ID has been involved in the development and amelioration of a new class of industrialized micro-particle identification systems. We have developed an automated system that is able to find and identify particles within minutes. The Single Particle Explorer (SPE) is able to gather morphological information and determine the chemical composition of organic, inorganic, and metal particles. Without any user interaction, the system initially gathers information on particle number, size and shape, then later uniquely applies micro Raman and/or Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) on the individual particles to reveal their composition. It is the only automated system available that combines both spectroscopic techniques with advanced image analysis to identify particles as small as 2ɥm. Intelligent chemo-metric algorithms match each individual particle’s spectroscopic fingerprint with a control spectra in a reference library, thereby identifying the particle and ultimately determining the source.