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Associate Director, Chemical Analysis and Testing
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Hal Harlan oversees the operation of Anamet’s chemistry laboratories. Hal has more than 25 years of experience as a chemist, with expertise in the field of paints, coatings, polymers, and related materials. Some of his specialties include failure analysis, reverse engineering, and painting specification conformance evaluations. Hal conducts and supervises analytical methods and tests in accordance with Federal, Military, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Air Quality Management District (AQMD) standards. He provides litigation support, including expert witness services and testimony in his areas of expertise. 

Prior to joining Anamet, Hal was the owner and Laboratory Director at Harlan Associates, Inc., Paint Research Laboratory in San Francisco, CA.



B.S., Chemistry, California State University, San Francisco, CA, 1992



Fundamentals, Applications, and Instrumentation of Gas Chromatography, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation, July 1987

Basic Coatings Technology, Golden Gate Society for Coatings Technology, June 1989

Advanced Sample Introduction Techniques in Gas Chromatography, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation, November 1991

Hazardous Materials Employee Train-the-Trainer (HM181), Excell Environmental, September 1993

Paint Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), ASTM, November 1993

Advanced Coatings for Concrete, ACS Series, American Coatings Association (ACA), February 2009

Inductively Coupled Plasma, Optima 8300, PerkinElmer, June/July 2014


Professional Affiliations

Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Member, American Coatings Association (ACA)

Member, Golden Gate Society for Coatings Technology (GGSCT)

     President, 1998-1999, 2011-2012

Member, West Coast Society for Coatings Technology (WCS)

     Biennial Symposium & Show Chairman, 1999, Co-Chairman 2003

     Board Member, 2006-2016

     Vice President, 2008-2009


Publications and Papers

Testing of Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings. California Air Resources Board, Research Division, February 1995.

UV protection improvement for natural oil coatings. European Coatings Journal. 1998;1-2:46.


Project Experience

Recent projects in which Hal has been involved include:

  • Failure analysis of coating systems applied to exterior steel and aluminum
  • Incompatibility study of self-adhered window flashing systems
  • Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) analysis of waterborne and solvent-based paints  
  • Water vapor transmission study of exterior masonry and wood coatings
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