Richard Heiden, Ph.D., started his industrial and entrepreneurial career during the early stages of environmental awareness of how chemicals find their way into rainwater. He received his doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in chemistry from Union College, Schenectady, NY. He spent nine years as an industrial research scientist and laboratory director, first in the building products industry, then in the microelectronics industry, and the past twenty four years with his own business providing technical and management services to large and small companies, ranging from small engineering firms to large corporations.
Dr. Heiden's interest in rainwater started during projects in the beautiful and "clean" lake environments of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. The purpose of those studies was to define the distribution and the potential sources of chemical contaminants in the local surface water, while studying how chemical interactions, biochemical conversions, and the forces of nature determine the way chemicals move around in our environment, and can be attenuated or exacerbated by microbial activities. An important source of those surface water contaminants was, and still is, rainwater and air pollution.
With his expertise in water chemistry and analysis, his work was directed first towards developing reliable chemical measurement methods, such as those commonly used in environmental and material science laboratories today, utilizing mass spectrometry, various forms of spectroscopy, chromatography, and microscopy. He successfully devised environmental sampling programs, planned and facilitated laboratories to meet EPA air, water, wastewater and OSHA requirements, studied and developed refinements to standard methodologies used by the various environmental agencies for monitoring, and evaluated new wastewater abatement and membrane purification technologies.
This background brought him into related fields, such as groundwater pollution, recycled wastewater, drinking water quality, production and storage techniques for ultrapure water, and corrosion science. Very early in his career, while working as a materials scientist, he recognized the important effects of the chemical interactions that common construction and containment materials can have with pure water, and has spent much of his career untangling the results, forging clear assessments of often confusing situations.
Dr. Richard Heiden
R. W. Heiden Associates LLC
PO Box 5001
1026 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17606-5001
717 299 6860
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