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2018 August Köhler Award – Dr. Eric J. Chatfield

Dr. Eric J. Chatfield received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. From 1958 to 1968, he was with the United Kingdom Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. His work there involved generation and characterization of plutonium aerosols that could be released as a consequence of accidents involving nuclear weapons or plutonium-fuelled nuclear reactors. For these studies, a range of techniques for air sampling methods were developed using electron microscopy and electron diffraction to characterize the particulate materials. In 1968, Dr. Chatfield moved to Canada, where he was head of the Electron Optical Laboratory at the Ontario Research Foundation (ORF) until 1986. Light microscopy, electron microscopy, and electron microprobe analysis were applied to research on behalf of industrial and government clients. In the early 1970s, asbestos research and analysis became a large part of the laboratory’s work. At ORF, he established the first commercial PLM and TEM asbestos analysis service in Canada. In 1986, Dr. Chatfield founded Chatfield Technical Consulting Limited, where he is president and principal analyst. He has developed a number of analytical methods for the determination of asbestos and continues to conduct research in the area of asbestos characterization. He is convenor of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) working group that has produced a number of international standards for determination of asbestos in air samples and bulk materials. Dr. Chatfield is a founding member of the Microscopical Society of Canada, a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and has more than 60 publications relating specifically to asbestos measurement.

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