BS M-C; MRI-Microcsopy
Chief Microscopist, Senior Associate
Mr. Coates, a Senior Associate, joined Boston Environmental in 2008. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1952 to 1954 where he majored in electrical engineering. He served in the US Military in the Korean Conflict from 1954-to 1956 after which he completed his undergraduate work at Boston University in 1961 with a BS in Minerology-Chrystalography. He later continued his studies at the MacCrone Research Institute where he studied Microscopy, and presented several papers which were published in “The Microscope,” a professional journal related to the technology. Mr. Coates is a voting member of the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS), Inc. Board. This professional organization provides professional scientists and students continuing education in the analytical sciences and allied sciences. In addition, the EAS presents a scientific exposition annually, which includes papers workshops, short courses, and displays of scientific instruments.
Employed after graduation by Sylvania Corporation, as a Development Engineer, Mr. Coates participated in the study of diffusion silicon surface stabilization and in the successful development of silicon epitaxial layer production process. From 1963-1966 he was employed by IBM where he worked in the evaluation of Semiconductor devices. In 1966 he joined Polaroid Corporation, where he spent the next thirty years. His assignments included among others, Photon Microscopic and Microchemistry analysis of defects contamination in materials and products; Thermal Mechanical Analysis Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis, Hi-Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis; Bulk analysis of Asbestos
Mr. Coates’ primary role at Boston Environmental is to conduct microscopic particle identification studies.