Donald Broton

Senior Principal Scientist & Group Director, Materials Technology


  • Materials Laboratory


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.


B.S. in Biology/Chemistry, University of Illinois, 1984

A.A. in Biology/Chemistry, Oakton Community College, 1979


  • ASTM International
  • Cement Chemist Society
  • International Cement Microscopy Association


Materials & Measurements Strategic Partnership Award – National Institute of Standards & Technology, 2017

Featured 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.