Gerald Thomas has served as manager of the Center’s analytical laboratory since July 1988.  The analytical laboratory provides support to the CAER and the Commonwealth of Kentucky research programs devoted to coal cleaning and combustion, synthetic fuels, derivative materials and associated environmental concerns. These laboratories are equipped with some of the world’s most advance analytical instruments and staffed with full-time employees who have the expertise to operate and interpret the data.


Prior to his present position, he served as head of CAER fuel characterization laboratory.  He was responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the laboratory, methods development, and manager of the quality assurance/quality control programs.


Gerald is an analytical chemist with 25+ years experience in fuel and environmental testing.  He has extensive experience in methods development, validation and implementation, data analysis, analytical experimental design and setup, technical support, and problem solving.  He is an active member of ASTM and ACS, and has been and continues to be a participant in several national and international round robins.


He received his BS (1973) degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Miles College Birmingham, Al followed by graduate studies at Auburn University.  His research areas include trace elemental characterization, treatment and removal of trace and heavy metals from coal, coal by-products and water.  He has author/co-author over forty scientific research papers.