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Expert in Advanced Materials, Surface Engineering, High-Temperature Coatings, Vacuum Technology and Analysis

Expert ID: 723875 Canada

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Expert has over 30 years of leadership experience in advanced materials engineering, surface science, and vacuum-based technologies. As Vice-President of Research & Development at Surface Engineered Products Corp./Westaim, he spearheaded the invention and commercialization of high-temperature coatings for applications in the petrochemical industry. When Bodycote Plc. purchased the above technology in 2003, he continued to provide technical support for the new production plant in UK, while simultaneously heading the High Temperature Coatings Laboratory at Bodycote Material Testing Canada. His development experience includes invention, project design, supervision, strategic planning and implementation. Industry experience includes advanced materials development, innovation and commercialization of new coating products and processes, proprietary equipment design, trial manufacturing plant management, and start-up business leadership. Following the transfer of Bodycote's High Temperature Lab to the United Kingdom, he founde a firm devoted to Research and Technology Consulting. As a part of the Paradigm Shift Tchnologies Inc., Toronto and in partnership with Manoir Industries, France, he participate in the development of the next generation of CoatAlloy™ engineered surfaces. Utilizing his knowledge and experience in high temperature materials and gas analysis, expert participated also in the development of Alter NRG / Westinghouse Plasma Gasifiers. Air Products licensed the technology and is presently building the world's largest renewable energy facilities .

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: PhD Subject: Surface Science Institution: McMaster University/Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Year: 1974 Degree: MS Subject: Vacuum Physics Institution: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Year: 1968 Degree: BEng. Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Technical University, Sofia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner / Director / Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Research and Technology Consulting on:
- Material selection and design of Plasma-based Gasification Reactors (MSW, Coal, Biomass)
- Syngas analysis
- Development of High Temperature Protective Coatings for Extreme Environments
Years: 2003 to 2006 Employer: Bodycote Testing Group Title: Manager Department: High Temperature Coatings Laboratory Responsibilities: Responsible for the transfer of CoatAlloy Technology to Bodycote, Technical support to the new production plant in Knowsley-UK, as well as for any R&D related to technology scale-up, diversification, and new coating products development.
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Surface Engineered Products Corp. Title: VP Research and Development Department: Responsibilities: - Member of Senior Management Team with overall responsibilities for the research and development activities;
- Spearheaded the development and scale-up of a new coating process that reduced manufacturing cost by 70%
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Surface Engineered Products Corp. Title: Senior Research Principal Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: - Developed novel technologies for coating internal surfaces of long tubular products and complex shapes;
- Initiated and supervised the development of alternative low-cost processes for surface modification of high-temperature alloys
Years: 1994 to 1998 Employer: WESTAIM Corp. Title: Research Principal Department: Responsibilities: - Acted as Production Manager for Shapes in the Trial Manufacturing Plant
- Responsible for development and scale-up of enabling PVD/PECVD technologies for coating internal surfaces of annular shapes
- Part of the team that developed high temperature oxidation and coking resistant coatings for Petrochemical applications (the CoatAlloy product line)
Years: 1982 to 1993 Employer: McMaster University Title: Research Associate Department: Chemistry Department Responsibilities: Research related to:
- Segregation and oxidation of modified high temperature alloys and optimization of their surface properties;
- PECVD of Titanium Nitrides;
- AES analysis of transition metal nitrides;
Years: 1969 to 1991 Employer: Bulgarian Academy of Science Title: Research Scientist Department: Institute of Electronics Responsibilities: - Development of integrated Laser/UHV system for material surface engineering
- Development of a novel approach to ion-assisted PVD;
- Development of new type ion-getter device (BINION) for Ultra High Vacuum generation.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
AVS, ASM, NACE
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 10 patents and more than 25 puplications

Fields of Expertise

high-temperature coating material, high-vacuum technology, physical vapor deposition, surface coating corrosion, surface modification engineering, advanced material, advanced material processing, advanced material technology, coating, surface science, surface treatment, coating material, equipment design, new product development, new product development management, strategic planning, surface engineering, gas analysis, business development, business operations, vacuum equipment, vacuum environment, business management, surface characterization, surface modification, plasma deposition system, scanning probe microscope, coating facility, high-temperature testing, vacuum sintering, metal coating corrosion, chemical surface analysis, ion vapor deposition, metal protective coating material, residual gas analysis, coating material characterization, coating equipment, hard coating, product management, surface physics, plasma torch, magnetron sputtering, coating material specification, high-performance protective coating, coating machinery, surface property, product improvement, anti-corrosive coating failure analysis, coating material failure analysis, coating material analysis, coating material failure, vacuum heat treatment, product development cycle time, coating material quality assurance, coating formulation, materials science, power generating system corrosion, energy-efficient biomass gasification, high-temperature corrosion, vacuum measurement, ion plating process, corrosion, business system design, plasma surface treatment, surface modifier, glow discharge, air sampling, metal powder, plasma processing, thin-film analysis, flue gas, gas plasma, powder metallurgy, vacuum deposition, vapor deposition, vacuum technology, ultra-high vacuum, surface chemistry, surface analysis, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, high vacuum, gasification, evaporated film, coal gasification, Auger electron spectroscopy

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