A PARTICLE scientist of a successful South Derbyshire company has been presented with a prestigious accolade for his contributions to science.
Former Hatton Parish Council chairman, Ron Buxton, joins an illustrious list of just 40 people to have received The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Award for Service in 30 years.
The managing director of Hatton based Particle Technology Limited was recognised for his ‘unfailing dedication’ to the RSC’s Particle Characterisation Interest Group for almost half a century.
Mr Buxton has played a major role in advancing particle science, which looks at tiny pieces of solid or liquid matters suspended in the atmosphere.
He built up his knowledge and experience in the specialist Chemical Engineering Department of Loughborough University, conducting invaluable research into various aspects of particle characterisation, handling and processing.
Particle Technology Ltd, which improves product performance for automotive, aerospace, medical, military, and pharmaceutical firms, was then set up in 1990 to meet the increasing needs of the industry.
The company has expanded to 14 full time staff involved in test dust production, filter and equipment design and testing, analytical and consultancy services.
Mr Buxton said: “This award is a great honour and recognition of my work. I’ve always tried to keep at the forefront of the technology, as shown by my company’s success, but this is of great personal satisfaction as well.”
Councillor Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, congratulated Mr Buxton, who lives in Foston.
He said: “To receive an award of this magnitude is an amazing feat and shows how highly Ron is valued by his peers.
“To have built up a successful business based on cutting edge science and technology is a fantastic achievement. We are proud to have such an impressive company plying its trade in South Derbyshire.”