Dr. Scot D. Abbott graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M in 1971. Following his post-doctoral work in biological and environmental chemistry, Dr. Abbott joined the DuPont Company where he had an illustrous career as a Lead Scientist for almost four decades. At DuPont, Scot specialized in all phases of instrumentation, from direct sales, marketing, applications, invention and development of new technologies, and applications of instrumentation to chemical processes. He championed the design, development and use of flow-referenced differential capillary viscometry in the characterization of polymers, a technology that radicalized the analysis of dilute polymer solutions in high-speed laboratory environments.
He has patents and publications in light scattering, particle analysis, clinical analyses, viscometry, chromatography (HPLC, GPC and GC), polymer characterization, algorithms for GPC, and organic synthesis. He has been active developing instrumentation, applications and software for more than 50 years, and has published many works and patents in chromatography applications, instrumentation design, computerization of experiments, control algorithms, clinical assays and materials characterization.
His accomplishments extend to the commercialization of analytical methods and instrumentation including high-temperature high-speed gel permeation chromatography (GPC); high-performance relative viscometry; commercial data system for GPC; practical algorithms for broad standard calibration; electrochemical hematocrit testing; infrared detection for gel permeation chromatrography (GPC); light scattering particle counters for high-sensititivy laboratory analysis; and the widely-acclaimed DAQ2GO product line which uses Microsoft Excel as an interface for instrument control for mechatronics, instrumentation, robotics & control.
Scot lives in the Pittsburgh area and enjoys spending time with his family (when he is not restoring vintage Jaguars!).