Donald Broton

Donald Broton

Principal Scientist
SKOKIE, IL

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Biography

Mr. Broton’s specialty resides in the analysis and evaluation of cement formulation and manufacturing materials, such as concrete, mortar, limestone, and gypsum. Using modern laboratory instrumentation such as X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction techniques. Mr. Broton consistently studies, produces, and reports on his results to help settle disputes related to composition accuracy or performance issues. His expertise in cement and related materials analysis is used in legal depositions and court trials.

Mr. Broton has provided analyses that led to the certification of 22 Standard Reference Materials available from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) including Portland Cement, blended cement, limestone, gypsum, and silica fume. He is the current Session Chair for Industrial Applications at the Annual Denver X-ray Conference and serves on the executive committees for C-01 on cement and C-07 on lime and limestone of the American Society of Testing and Materials. Throughout the years, he has presented his techniques on sampling and specimen preparation, and has instructed many specialty courses at the Portland Cement Association on Basic Concrete, Advanced Concrete, Troubleshooting Concrete Field Problems, and X-ray Fluorescence; at NIST on cement analyses using XRF and XRD; and at Cement Chemists Society on cement manufacturing and numerous in-house training sessions.

Education

B.S. in Biology/Chemistry

University of Illinois, 1984

Education

A.A. in Biology/Chemistry

Oakton Community College, 1979

Publications

Lee, S. and D. Broton. “Keeping an Eye on Clinker.” Oilfield Technology, November 2017.

Lee, S. and D. Broton. “Under the Microscope” World Cement, September 2017.

Broton, D. Inspecting the Infrastructure – Safeguarding with X-Rays. Plenary Session Chair, Denver X-Ray Conference, 2017.

Broton, D. Workshop Instruction, 2nd NIST Workshop on Cementitious Materials Characterization, July 2017.

Broton, D. J. 2014. “A More Complete Picture.” International Cement Review, November 2014.

Strahler, Christopher J., Stephen E. Winter, and Donald J. Broton. 2012. “Validation of a TGA Method for Routine Monitoring of Wet Limestone Forced Oxidation Scrubbers with Emphasis on CaSO3•0.5H2O Detection.” Presented at the 32nd Annual Electric Utility Chemistry Workshop, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. June 5-7.

Strahler, Christopher J., Stephen E. Winter, and Donald J. Broton. 2012. “Validation of a TGA Method for Routine Monitoring of Wet Limestone Forced Oxidation Scrubbers with Emphasis on CaSO3•0.5H2O Detection.” PowerPlant Chemistry, 14(9): 592-597.

Kazmierski, B. and D. Broton. 2012. “History, Consulting, Litigation, Lab Services, Concrete in Depth: Petrographic Examination and Concrete Chemistry.” Illionis Ready Mixed Concrete Institute Annual Short Course, Peoria, Illinois. January 9-10.

Broton, D. J. 2011. “Analytical Techniques in Cement Materials Characterization.” Innovations In Portland Cement Manufacturing, Vol. 2, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois.

Broton, Donald J. 2010. “XRF Based Reverse Engineering of Blended Cement Systems.” Workshop in Micro XRF Analysis of Chemically Complex Materials, Iowa State University, Ames IA. January 14.

Pyc, W. A., M. A. Caldarone, D. Broton, and D. Reeves. 2008. “Internal Curing Study with Intermediate Lightweight Aggregate.” American Concrete Institute, SP-256.

Wilburn, R. and D. Broton. 2008. “Limestone Reactivity and Magnesium Availability.” 2008 B&W Wet FGD User Group Meeting, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Broton, D. J. 2004. “Applications of Sample/Specimen Preparation for XRF Analysis in the Cement and Concrete Industries.” Presented at the 53rd Annual Denver X-ray Conference. August.

Broton, D. J. 2004. “Further Investigations in the Determination of Cement and Mineral Admixture Content in Hardened Concrete Using XRF.” International Cement Microscopy Association.

Broton, D. J. 2004. “Analytical Techniques in Cement Materials Characterization.” Innovations In Portland Cement Manufacturing, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois.

Vicela, J., S. Bhattacharja, D. Broton, and A. Todres. 1993. “Thermogravimetric Analysis of Components and Modifiers of Hot-Mix Asphalt Concretes.” Proceeding of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference of Canadian Asphalt Technical Association.

Hills, L., and D. Broton. 1993. “Investigation of Lead Leachability in Cement Kiln Dust.” International Cement Microscopy Association.

Sieber, J., D. Broton, et al. 2002. “Standard Reference Material for Cement.” Cement and Concrete Research. December.

Broton, D. J. 1999. “Lithium Based Borate Fusion of Gypsum/High Sulfate Samples, A New Approach.” Advances in X-ray Analysis, Volume 41.

Delles, J., H. Kanare, S. Padiyara, and D. Broton. 1991. “An Analysis of Selected Trace Metals in Cement and Kiln Dust from North American Cement Plants.” PCA SP 110, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois.

Affiliations
  • ASTM International
  • Cement Chemist Society
  • International Cement Microscopy Association
Award
  • Materials & Measurements Strategic Partnership Award – National Institute of Standards & Technology, 2017

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