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PDK Projects, Inc.

Phil WilliamsPhil Williams received his PhD degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales in Chemistry in 1958, and began his career in Australia at the Agricultural Research Institute, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. In 1965 he joined the Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory. He was appointed as the first Chemist-in Charge of the Canadian Grain Commission’s Protein Segregation Program for Hard Red Spring (Canada Western Red Spring, or CWRS) wheat at its inception in 1970. This involved establishment of a network of macro-Kjeldahl laboratories in western Canada with an annual throughput of over 600,000 tests.

During his 37-year career with the Canadian Grain Commission, Phil Williams pioneered the practical application of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) that played a key role in the early establishment of the NIR industry. His work started with the first ever commercial NIR instrument in 1972 and quickly led to converting protein testing for Canada's export wheat to NIRS between 1975 and 1976. In his 36 years of experience with NIRS, Phil introduced the technology, in addition to Canada, to Australia, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and South America; worked with more than 50 types and models of instruments; and has written step-by-step operating manuals for several NIR instruments and software packages. His contributions include co-editing one of the major reference books in the NIRS field, in its second edition in 2001.

Through his career in the government and since forming PDK Grain, a division of PDK Projects, Inc., Phil has been consulted widely for his NIR expertise by grain, feed, forage, fibre, and major food companies, research organizations, universities, Canadian and foreign government departments, and international organizations. During his career, Phil published over 200 technical articles (81 in refereed journals) as well as over 350 technical reports. He retired from the Canadian Grain Commission at the end of March, 2002 and began a new career as educator and consultant in near-infrared spectroscopy, grain technology and cereal chemistry.

Light Light Solutions

Light Light SolutionsA small, independent problem-solving-focused consulting firm specializing in agricultural, personal care, general chemistry and microbiology markets. Our goal is to help industry fill the void created by their loss of in-house expertise in spectroscopy, with emphasis on vibrational (infrared, Raman, and near-infrared), uv‑visible, fluorescence, and magnetic resonance methods, as well as general analytical chemistry, microscopy, microspectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging and microbiology.

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B.S. University of Illinois 1972
Ph.D. University of North Carolina 1977

30+ years experience in Academic Analytical chemistry with emphasis on spectrometry, chromatography and chemometrics.

Author of 150+ articles, chapters, books and patents and hundreds of presentations

Principal lecturer for the IR and Raman Courses at Bowdoin College.
The Ellis R. Lippincott Memorial Lecturer, 1989 and 1990.
Richard C. Lord Lecturer of the Coblentz Society, 1995 and 2004.
American Chemical Society Research Chemist of the Year, 2005.

James A. de Haseth

B.S. North Georgia college 1964
Ph.D. University of Georgia 1969

40+ years experience in NIR Spectroscopy.
Organic Chemistry and agricultural commodity and food product analysis.

Author of 200+ publications and hundreds of presentations.

1998 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award in Near Infrared Spectroscopy.
2003 Tomas Hirschfeld International Award in Near Infrared Spectroscopy.
2005 Elected a “Fellow of Near Infrared Spectroscopy” by the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

Franklin E. Barton, II

B.S. University of Georgia 1969
M.S. University of Georgia 1971
Ph.D. University of Georgia 1973

40+ years experience in Microbiology, microscopy, microspectrometry and plant cell wall structure. Major emphasis on Microbial degradation of cellulosic materials for energy and use of bast fibers for textiles such as Flax.

Author of 300 publications and hundreds of presentations.

Distinguished Scientist Award from the Southeastern Microscopy Society, 2002.

Danny E. Akin

B.A. Concordia College 1974
Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1979

30+ years experience in home healthcare products as staff spectroscopist and Physical Chemist for Procter and Gamble
Active in FACSS, SAS and Coblentz Society
Recipient of the 1993 Williams-Wright Award from the Coblentz Society
2001 Cincinnati Chemist of the Year
Infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed species, photoacoustic spectroscopy, near-IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, spectroscopic imaging, and chemometrics.

Curtis Marcott