Dr. Robert Morton treated CEBC to a memorable, and unusual, colloquium on Feb. 12, 2009.
First, Dr. Morton presented his work at ConocoPhillips where he helped to create a commercially viable and environmentally beneficial technology to remove sulfur from Syngas. By reducing the amount of sulfur to ultra low levels (ppm), the resulting Syngas is much cleaner for power generation and less likely to cause harmful acid rain. This technology is being licensed to processing plants world-wide.
But, Dr. Morton also has a unique science hobby – he is an X-ray imaging enthusiast.
In his spare time, he and his family have imaged fossilized dinosaur bones at NASA and used Stanford’s Linear Accelerator X-ray beam to confirm that an ancient parchment paper was actually the Archimedes Palimpsest. He has even been on the Discovery Channel talking about this work.
With the help of new X-ray imaging technologies, Dr. Morton has been able to reveal the chemical makeup of different specimens. The cool part is that these images are in 3D, exposing the spatial location of the “Chemical Fossil” record.
Dr. Morton, materials scientist and licensed pyro-technician, had these words of advice for students: “You don’t know that what you learn now is going to be valuable later.”