Rowan Mackay

Analytical Materials Technologist

Professional Background

Rowan has over six years of analytical laboratory experience, including more than four years in quality control, quality assurance, and diagnostic fault investigation for the polymer compounding, and rubber manufacturing industries.

Over the last two years at HRL, Rowan has worked as an expert materials analyst examining fragments and foreign matter found in consumer products and industry processes in order to determine their compositions and possible sources of origin. Heading the fragment analysis team, Rowan has experience consulting with clients in detail to facilitate specific analytical needs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Fragment and foreign matter analysis of glass, plastic, metal, ceramic, stone, organic, and other unknowns to establish compositions and possible sources of origin.
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis.
  • Molecular analysis by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometry.
  • Qualitative and quantitative sink-float density testing.
  • Over six years’ experience as a laboratory analyst.
  • Over five years’ experience in FTIR spectrometry.
  • Over four years’ experience in the polymer industry.
  • Two years’ experience in scanning electron microscopy and EDX analysis.


  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) (Honours), Computational Nanofluidics
  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), Physics
  • Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)
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