Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Adhesives, Polymer Nanocomposites, Plastics, Biomaterials

ID: 730571 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert wrote his Ph.D. research in the area of thermosetting composite and rubbery materials. After graduation he began work with National Starch and Chemical Company in specialty pressure-sensitive adhesives and moved then to Integra Life Sciences in collagen-based regenerative biomaterials. He made the transition into academics, conducting research in adhesion, polymer nanocomposites, and biodegradable/regenerative biopolymers. He has taught classes in introductory polymer science and advanced classes in polymer viscoelasticity theory, polymer crystallinity, biopolymers, and cosmetic polymers and emulsions. He has particular strength in explaining polymers to general and family audiences, with a series of polymer demonstration shows on nanocomposites, biopolymers, food polymers, sports polymers and polymer history. He has over 30 peer reviewed articles and conference proceedings. He has received sponsored project awards and conducted consulting work in adhesives and adhesion.

Conducted research for a company to help them identify an adhesive that would adhere to a surface contaminated with silicone rubber, but could be cleaned off if subsequent repairs were needed.Conducted research for a government program to attach a heparin binding peptide to collagen sponge to promote clotting.Helped a company develop alternatives for processing ceramic powders for use in a bone regeneration template.
Helped a company extrude halloysite-filled polypropylene fibers.Helped a company identify a radiation resistant adhesive and a lubricant resistant adhesive for special applications.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Year: 1986 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Manhattan College Title: Visiting Associate Professor Department:
Developed the cosmetics engineering option for the graduate MS ChE degree, taught materials courses, conducted research in adhesives, extrusion of nanocomposite fibers, extraction/creation of heparin binding peptides
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: Swarthmore University Title: Visiting Associate Professor Department: Chemical Engineering
Taught introductory bioengineering, unit operations laboratories, thermodynamics. Conducted research into adhesives, multiple scale and nanocomposites, functionalization of collagen biomaterials devices for antithrombogenic activity, engineering education.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Philadelphia University Title: Research Assistant Professor Department: Department of Textile Engineering
Taught biomaterials courses, materials characterization, designed course in materials engineering. Conducted research in composite materials, insulating materials, engineering education.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: Drexel University Title: Assistant Professor Department: Department of Materials Engineering
Taught polymers courses at undergraduate and graduate level. Conducted research in adhesion, nanocomposite materials, biodegradable polymers and devices.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: Integra Life Sciences Title: Development and Quality Engineer Department: Research and Development
Contributed to development of Integra® Dermal Regeneration Template analysis, product optimization and improvement; Conducted research on machine vision for structure characterization, effects of cross-linking on collagen properties, resorbable polymer technology.
 Developed analytical procedures for raw material, in process and finished product analysis for dermal regeneration template. Automated testing equipment. Contributed to FDA submission, GLP study documentation. Supervised one scientist.
 Developed state-of-the-art image processing system for automated analysis of pore structure in electron microscopy photographs and tree structure of flocculated fibers in light microscopy.
 Initiated and developed a research project to produce resorbable, regenerative polymer/ceramic composites utilizing synthetic dipeptide based biodegradable polymers and hydroxylapatite.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to 1993 Employer: National Starch and Chemical Company Title: Project Superviser Department: Specialty Adhesives Department
Took a medical adhesive from bench to the production plant. Contributed to efforts to achieve ISO 9000 certification. Developed adhesive SOPs. Conducted routine adhesives testing. Conducted research on a radiation curing warm melt acrylic formula.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Professional Fraternity
International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
Publications and Patents Summary
5 patents pending, 1 patent issued, 5 additional patent disclosures written
35 peer reviewed papers and proceedings (2 papers with 80+ citations)
1 textbook in nanocomposites
22 invited, 30+ additional professional presentations
15 invited outreach presentations

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has participated as an expert in several cases. He participated in depositions and mock jury trials.

Surface behavior, coating failure – materials testing work, written report.
Silicone rubber failure – materials testing work, written report.
Structural adhesive failure – part inspection, document reviewing, written report, deposition, trial preparation.
Structural adhesive failure – part inspection, document reviewing, written report, deposition, trial preparation.
Document reviewing, oral report only.
Plastic part failure: document reviewing, oral report only.
Rubber lining failure: document reviewing, oral reports only.
Training / Seminars
Introduction to Rubber Technology
Introduction to Nanocomposites
Introduction to Polymers
Other Relevant Experience
I have had special training in technical communications and public speaking, and have taught this type of course at the college level

Fields of Expertise

adhesion, adhesion science, adhesion technology, adhesion testing, adhesion theory, adhesive failure, adhesive failure analysis, adhesive testing, bioabsorbable material, biocompatible polymer, biodegradable plastic, carbon fiber reinforced plastic, composite material characterization, fiber-reinforced adhesive, in vivo biodegradable polymer, nanocomposite, polymer adhesive, polymer biocompatibility, polymer matrix composite, pressure-sensitive adhesive, dermal filler, composite fiber, nanopowder, elastomeric compound material, adhesive fracture, ethylene-vinyl acetate hot-melt adhesive, lightweight composite, human tissue repairing, polymer aging, barrier polymer, polymer bulk modulus of elasticity, coating powder characterization, biocompatibility testing, plasticizer-resistant adhesive, anti-adhesive, plastic material test procedure, ASM International, foam bonding, adhesion loss, amorphous polymer, polyurethane reactive hot-melt adhesive, ultraviolet-curable pressure-sensitive adhesive, adhesive curing, peptide coupling, autoclave reactor, medical composite, acrylic adhesive material, heat-sealing fluoropolymer, structural epoxy adhesive, composite material process optimization, polymer drug-delivery microsphere, methacrylate adhesive, radiation-curable adhesive, composite material mechanical property, composite material processing technology, engineering plastic, particle-size analysis, adhesive application, plastic adhesion, advanced material, high-polymer technology, laminate material, polymeric material filler, electron-beam polymer curing, high-performance polymer, adhesive tape-coating material, particle dispersion (mixture), biodegradation, adhesive material, crosslinking agent, silicone adhesive, composite material failure, blood-wetted biomaterial, biodegradable material, polymer crosslinking, reinforced composite, organic polymer, thermosetting adhesive, polymer, polymer chemistry, particulate composite, natural polymer, epoxy adhesive, contact adhesive, biomedical engineering, adhesive wear, adhesive removal

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