Tuesday 12 July 2011

Head for new environmental unit!

Graham Leggett has joined Tiger Optics as product manager of its environmental division. Dr. Leggett brings more than 15 years of experience in gas analysis, ranging from research science at the Britain's National Physical Laboratory, to the measurements of specialty gases in semiconductor manufacturing and environmental applications.

Dr Graham Leggett
Prior to joining Tiger Optics, he served as a project director and manager at AEA Technology plc, the international environmental consulting firm, where he oversaw such projects as the UK’s National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, the UK’s Greenhouse Gases Inventory, and the European Topic Centre on Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation. Earlier in his career, he managed a portfolio of projects at the National Physical Laboratory relating to atmospheric environmental measurements, for a total of nine years’ experience in the greenhouse gas and air quality sectors.

“With such expertise, Graham is the ideal manager for our new environmental unit, which we formed to address the critical needs to measure and curb emissions,” said Lisa Bergson, Tiger Optics’ founder and chief executive. “We receive daily requests from people around the world, who wish to use our powerful CW-CRDS technology for all sorts of environmental applications. Graham will help us sort this out and spearhead the development of the best products.”

Tiger Optics, the leading maker of laser-based trace gas analyzers, already helps its customers dramatically reduce emissions through cleaner manufacturing. With their low flow and freedom from routine calibration, the company’s CW-CRDS products use less of the fossil fuel-based gas needed by conventional analyzers, thereby eliminating the environmentally compromised aspects of molecular analysis.

They also require no consumables and are generally low power. More importantly, they reduce waste by helping their customers achieve greater quality and throughput. In addition to his environmental experience, Dr. Leggett has a distinguished record in academics, research science and industrial applications. He has a pure chemistry background, having earned his bachelor of science degree (1994) and PhD (1997) from the University of London’s Queen Mary and Westfield College. His doctoral thesis, entitled “Chemical Strategies for the Removal of Trace Impurities from Gases and Solvents,” led to the development of novel, patented technologies and two successful commercial products at Air Products plc, where Dr. Leggett worked as a research scientist and project manager from 1997 until 2001.

At the National Physical Laboratory, where Dr. Leggett worked as a senior research scientist, project leader and reporting leader from 2001 until 2008, he devoted significant time to experiment design and implementation in the analytical laboratory, as well as to industry consultancy work. He was awarded the NPL Silver Award for his role in developing a new cylinder valve and connector for handling reactive species that ultimately became a successful commercial product.

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