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Expert in Alpha Olefins, Primary Alcohols, Lubricant Additives

Expert ID: 711117 Texas, USA

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Having 10 years of experience with alpha olefins, Expert has a thorough understanding of all aspects of the product, including technology, process, manufacturing, economics, applications, and markets. Expert was intimately involved in process improvement, troubleshooting, operations, new process development, cost improvement, capacity expansion, business assessment, competitive technology, new downstream derivatives development, purchasing, marketing, and sales of an entire range of alpha olefin products. His experience includes working for a major alpha olefin producer; with an alpha olefin formulations, marketing, and distribution company; and with a downstream user of alpha olefins. Additionally, Expert supervised a process technology group responsible for technology, quality, safety, environmental improvement, and cost reduction for a large alpha olefin plant. He participated in the start-up and later the expansion of a large alpha olefin plant. Two process patents on the technology of alpha olefin manufacture have been granted to Expert.

Along with his experience in synthetic fatty alcohols, he has obtained considerable knowledge of the manufacture, quality issues, markets, and applications of hexyl alcohol. As a process technology group manager for the unit manufacturing of hexyl alcohol (among other fatty alcohol products), Expert was responsible for a project to increase the flexibility in production rates of the hexyl alcohol relative to co-manufactured products as well as to improve its quality and purity. More recently, he helped develop a different, more cost-effective route to on-purpose production of hexyl alcohol. As a result of his work in these projects, Expert gained a solid understanding of the markets and quality requirements for hexyl alcohol.

During his work in the development, formulation, marketing, and sales of a number of products for drilling mud and completion fluid companies, Expert gained a thorough knowledge of chemicals used in the oil field. Specific products with which he is familiar include synthetic and refined drilling mud base fluid, glycol carrier fluids, shale stabilizers, surfactants, and bromine-based completion fluids. Expert led the development and commercialization of the first large-scale PolyAlphaOlefin (PAO) base fluid for a synthetic mud program. As the performance and cost pressure moved the market to a number of other synthetic basestocks, he participated in the development, testing, marketing, and sales of alpha olefins, internal olefins, and blends. He helped develop technology for the manufacture of a unique branched olefin base fluid with remarkable low temperature characteristics. Other studies in the area included one on suitable synthetic mud basestock availability from petrochemical manufacturers and another on supply/demand balance of the currently used basestocks.

Expert's extensive understanding of synthetic lubricant technology, manufacturing, application, and markets was gained through his work in PolyAlphaOlefins (PAO), polyol esters, and dibasic esters. He led a process technology group engaged in process improvement, capacity expansion, and cost reduction of a PAO plant. He aided in applications development and testing of commercially manufactured synthetic lubricant basestocks including PAO and esters. Additionally, he led several successful efforts to develop novel synthetic lubricants, including a major project involving market research, technology development, plant design, and commercialization of a new highly stable PAO-based synthetic lubricant for automotive and industrial applications. He participated in a research effort to identify and develop a novel polyol ester lubricant, and he helped identify cost-effective sources of short-chain synthetic acids worldwide for polyol ester basestock manufacturing. In his studies, Expert compared the performance and application cost characteristics of synthetic lubricants with highly refined mineral oils, and he has obtained an excellent appreciation of the processes, economics, and applications of the VHVI and UHVI basestocks. He presented a paper entitled "Isoparaffins:

Expert has extensive knowledge of the technology, manufacture, process, and economics of synthetic fatty alcohols via a fifteen-year involvement with the product. While working for a major manufacturer of fatty alcohols, Expert gained expertise in process improvement, troubleshooting, operations, new process development, cost improvement, and business assessments. He supervised a process technology group responsible for technology, quality, safety, environmental improvement, and cost reduction. He received a patent for a major improvement of the alcohol plant process technology. Synthesis vs. Refining" at the Spring '96 AIChE meeting in New Orleans.

Expert has had 15 years of experience with the manufacture, properties, applications and markets of synthetic primary linear alcohols, of which 1-decanol is one. Expert has had approximately 7 years of experience in studying the oleochemical route to 1-decanol. The synthetic and the oleo route to 1-decanol are the only two commercially significant routes to 1-decanol.

Along with his experience in synthetic fatty alcohols, Expert has obtained considerable knowledge of the manufacture, quality issues, markets, and applications of 1-octanol. As a process technology group manager for the unit manufacturing of 1-octanol (among other fatty alcohol products), Expert was responsible for all phases of technology involving 1-octanol.

Expert has had a distinguished career as a chemical engineer. After graduating third in his class, Expert quickly rose on the technical ladder with Ethyl Corporation, becoming the youngest Manager, R&D in the corporate history. Innovation in solving technical problems, troubleshooting and creative design solutions has helped Expert become one of the best chemical engineers in the company. After leaving Albemarle Corporation, Expert improved his economic and business grasp of the discipline, but continued the practice by inventing a new process for production of Linear Internal Olefins.

In his career with Ethyl and Albemarle Corporations, Expert was called upon to perform facility evaluation a number of times. In his subsequent consulting practice, Expert was involved in a number of large projects involving facility evaluation, where he was the top technical expert.

As a young engineer with about four years of experience, Expert was given a project to investigate the possibility of making a specific internal olefin molecule via metathesis. Expert concluded at the time that the project would not be justified, but the technology is so flexible and elegant, that he has continued working on it for the last eleven years, studying all possible applications and all aspects of the technology.

Expert has studied the oxo process as a method for derivatizing alpha and internal olefins to aldehydes, and subsequent conversion of aldehydes to carboxylic acids or alcohols. The process is an important one in the alpha olefin downstream derivatives. Expert has spent 4 or 5 years studying the process and how the feedstock affects it.

Expert performed process technology assessment, product cost analysis and developed retrofit options for a fatty alcohol plant in Asia. Expert led an engineering team in a plant and technology assessment effort as a part of a due diligence study. This was conducted on two natural fatty alcohol plants and an ethoxylate plant in Southeast Asia and a specialty oleochemical plant in Germany. Expert invented new technology for production of linear internal olefins. This was used to manufacture polymer additives, surfactants, lubricants and lubricant additives. He coordinated the technology development program with a sponsor. He also performed 1st and 2nd Stage market research and process evaluation studies for the technology. Expert completed a performance comparison study for high-reactive and conventional polyisobutylenes (PIB). The applications studied included lubricant and fuel additives, synthetic lubricant basestocks, detergent intermediates, specialty chemicals and solvents. The project also included a comparative study of capital and production costs. Expert completed a number of smaller technology and application studies on specialty and fine chemicals, fluorinated polymers, pharmaceutical intermediates, paper sizing chemicals, aluminum extrusions, organo-sulfide intermediates and ester lubricant basestocks.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: partial MBA Subject: Business Management Institution: Louisiana State University
Year: 1986 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Houston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Patner Department:
Responsible for: Practice Development, Engagement Management, Strategy, Systems & Financial Consulting
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Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Title: Executive Assistant (Chief of Staff) Department:
Board Paper Review, Performance Review of Subsidiaries, Performance Management of Divisions
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Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Title: Head of Strategy & Business Development Department:
Strategy, Capital Structure, Capitalization Drive, Financial Modeling, Project Management and Business Development
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Years: 1999 to 2005 Employer: Title: Head of Strategy & TQM Department:
Strategy, Performance Management, Quality Management
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to 1994 Employer: Title: Head of Financial Control Department:
Financial Control, Regulatory Compliance, Performance Management
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Title: Assistant Manager Department:
Audit, Consulting and Business Surpport (SME)
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1996 to 1999 Employer: Title: Assistant General Manager, Finance & Administration Department:
Business Systems, Training, Consulting & SME's
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: Title: Head of Financial Control & Strategic Planning Department:
Financial Controller, Balance Sheet Restructuring, Regulatory Compliance, and Strategy

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Russia/Ukraine Summary: Work in Russia and the Ukraine includes technology transfer, petrochemical sourcing, and performance chemical market development in the areas of alpha olefins, fatty alcohols, lubricant and fuel additives, lubricans and chemicals.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Country / Region: Venezuela/Colombia Summary: Was involved in sourcing chemicals and basestocks in Venezuela and in developing markets for lubricants, lubricant additives, and alpha olefins in Venezuela and Colombia.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Country / Region: Germany/Italy Summary: Completed a number of projects on polymers and polymer applications while working with manufacturers.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: China/South East Asia Summary: Has worked on two different projects involving assessment, evaluation and improvements of natural and synthetic alcohol plants and other oleochemical facilities.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Participated in applications research projects in Japan and developed markets for the Japanese alpha olefins in the United States.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert holds memberships in AIChE and the Commercial Development Association.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was awarded 10 certificates of recognition from Albemarle Corporation for developing new product ideas.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has filed for 20 patents and was granted 11 patents in the areas of olefin oligomerization, Fischer-Tropsch crude upgrading and metathesis of olefins. He also wrote 6 publications.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has provided seminars on project management as it applies to the new product development process.
Vendor Selection
Expert has vast experience in selecting vendors in the alpha-olefins, primary alcohols, lubricant and lubricant additive industries, hygienic films, specialty chemicals and toll manufacturers.
Marketing Experience
He is intimately familiar with alpha-olefins and derivatives industries. He is also knowledgeable in the marketing and sales of lubricants and lubricant additives internationally.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Russian Russian is Expert's first language.
Spanish His knowledge of Spanish is sufficient to carry on a business conversation.
Armenian Armenian is Expert's second language. Due to lack of use, his skills in this language are declining.

Fields of Expertise

alpha olefin, alpha olefin processing, 1-octene, alkene, chemical processing, ethylene oligomerization, olefin, synthetic liquid lubricant, fatty alcohol, 1-decanol, 1-octanol, chemical engineering, chemical plant design, chemical plant start-up, chemical process, chemical process design, chemical process equipment designing, petrochemical process plant designing, chemical manufacturing facility evaluation, chemical process economics, olefin metathesis, oxo process, oilfield, chemical industry, catalytic distillation, olefin polymerization, lubricant manufacturing, lubricant quality, mineral oil manufacturing, lubricant testing, hexyl alcohol, chemical plant operation, ethylene resin, dodecane, alcohol property, pour-point depressant additive, derivatization, dewaxing, propylene glycol, sulfonate lubricating oil additive, chemical operation troubleshooting, lubricating oil additive, automotive lubricant, alkene catalytic hydrogenation, internal combustion engine lubrication system, chemical intermediate, chlorinated paraffin, chemical process equipment, chemical process troubleshooting, petrochemical process-engineering equipment, poly-(octene-1), Diels-Alder reaction, synthetic polymer chemistry, chemical research and development, sulfonation technology, chemical plant layout, petrochemical-related design, petrochemical operations, chemical product environmental effect, emulsifier, chemical processing plant design, alkylation, hydroxyl group, chemical process safety, chemical compound processing, alcohol compound, low-temperature lubricant, petroleum processing, heptane, chemical reaction mechanism, polymer crosslinking, polymer blending, propane, petrochemical catalysis, organic synthesis, octane, methane, lubricant additive, industrial solvent, hydrocarbon chemistry, glycol compound, fine chemical, fatty acid, ethylene copolymerization, ethane, butanol, butadiene, applied organic chemistry, alkane

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