Richard J. Smythe

Richard J. Smythe Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.)

Senior Analytical Chemist

Richard is a senior analytical chemist who conducts investigations into accidents involving explosions, fires, chemical spills, and exposure to chemical hazards. He is also qualified as an expert witness in chemistry, physics, mathematics, physical computing science, electronics, applied toxicology, and forensic science for virtually all levels of court in 5 provinces and 10 states.

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical analysis
  • Inorganic, organic, physical chemistry
  • Materials identification and failures
  • Microscopy, PLM, vertical illumination, phase contrast, photo- microscopy
  • Forensic and fire science
  • Physical computing, numerical analysis, and data processing
  • Industrial chemistry, R/D and pilot plant design/management
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Occupational health and safety and industrial toxicology
  • Laboratory QA/QC, GLP, SPC, method and data validation


  • Ph.D./M.Sc. in Chemistry (Analytical), University of Wateroo (1973)
  • Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry, Brock University (1969)

Previous Experience

  • Owner and Senior Analytical Chemist Consultant, Peninsula Chemical Analysis Ltd.
  • Founding Member and Technical Director, Hemvet Recovery Ltd.
  • Senior Scientist, Walker Laboratories & Walker Industries R/D

Professional Certifications

  • American Chemical Society (1969 to date)
  • Past Chairman, Executive Committee Member, and Member – Niagara Section of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1975 to date)
  • Past Chairman, Forensic Science Committee – Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (1996 to date)
  • Chairman Chemical Advisory Board – Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology (1978-88)
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • American Society for Materials