Alexandria, Virginia (December 2021)–Dr. Michael DeLeon, senior metallurgical and physical scientist at Edmond Scientific Company, has received the 2021 B. F. Scribner Award from ASTM International. The award recognizes Dr. DeLeon for his continuing research in metallurgical science and quality control standardization of metals and alloys. Dr. DeLeon leads Edmond Scientific’s efforts to develop and promote international standards in the metal and alloy industries for new metals manufacturing techniques such as Additive Manufacturing (AM).
Dr. DeLeon is recognized for his leadership and efforts relating to the modernization of Spark Atomic Emission metallurgical testing and measurement standards. Emission Spectroscopy, and more specifically Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES), is a scientific technique where emitted light from an excited material is captured by a spectrometer so that chemical information can be analyzed. Spark AES uses electrical discharges to excite the sample for the subsequent emission detection. Dr. DeLeon led the task group that modernized E415 “Standard Test Method for Analysis of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry” and supported the development of E3047 “Standard Test Method for Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry.”
Dr. DeLeon has been an ASTM member of various committees since 2007, and a member of ASTM Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials since 2010. He has previously served as an officer of ASTM E01 and as Subcommittee Chair of E01.01 (Iron, Steel and Ferroalloys). Dr. Deleon was recently named Chair of ASTM E01.20 on Fundamental Practices in the coming ASTM semesters. He is also a prior recipient of two Awards of Appreciation from ASTM Committee E01 and ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants.
ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. These standards ensure consistent manufacture and testing of materials used in many industries such as the aerospace, automotive, infrastructure, and energy industries. The B. F. Scribner award is presented once per year for outstanding service on a single accomplishment in the field of Emission Spectroscopy. B. F. Scribner was a mid-20th century scientist at the US National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST) and a leading expert in spectrochemical analysis.