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Expert in Applied Silica Chemistry

Expert ID: 107838 Florida, USA

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SILICA AND SILICATE CHEMISTRY; The primary focus of Expert. Expert's technical work since 1974 has been the chemistry of soluble silica and products derived from silica. These include precipitated products, gels, and sols. He is currently studying the interaction of colloidal ions in dilute solution (e.g. soluble silica and alumina or iron near their precipitation phase boundaries). He is also studying the properties of dilute silica gel systems to determine how the structured gel systems with very high water content influence crystallizing systems. This knowledge can then be applied to better understand silica/silicate's role in many practical situations where silica is used or naturally present. These situations include detergency, water treatment, corrosion control, pulp bleaching, enhanced oil recovery, catalysis, mineral benefication, zeolite synthesis, waste treatment, and the synthesis of other silica derived products such as silicas, gels, and precipitated products. His specific thrust is Al3+, Zr2+, Pb2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, CO32-, Ca2+, and Mg2+ containing solution with pH values at or near their "solubility boundaries."

Potassium silicate is one of several forms of soluble silica. Others include the sodium silicate - the largest volume product, lithium silicate and ammonium silicates. Sodium silicates are used primarily in detergents and making second generation products e.g. precipitated silica, zeolites, silica gels and silica sols. He has extensive practical experience with these materials, including their manufacture and uses.
Additionally, he has been preparing what is hoped to be unique carbon-coated high pore volume and surface area silica gels. These gels are expected to be better metal supports and catalysts.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida - Hialeah, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Hollywood, Florida - Pembroke Pines, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Miami Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Pompano Beach, Florida - Boca Raton, Florida

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: PhD Subject: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Institution: University of Delaware
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Department: Chemistry Department Responsibilities: He retired in 2009 and was recognized as an Emeritus Professor on 12/20/2009.
Years: 1974 to 1989 Employer: The PQ Corporation Title: Various technical and managerial positions Department: Responsibilities: He managed Industrial Chemicals (silicate chemistry) R&D. This included R&D on silicates, detergency, EOR, cements and zeolites among other areas.
He was Corporate Planning Manager for 3 years.
Years: 1973 to 1974 Employer: Union Camp Corporation Title: Senior Scientist Department: Responsibilities: He studied wet end chemistry applied to the optimization of pigment performance.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society and The Royal Society of Chemistry
Professional Appointments
He was the Chairman of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society in 1992 and is currently the chair of the section's Finance, Budget and Audit committee. For the American Chemical Society, Expert served as a member of the ACS Committee on Publications (1995-1998); ACS Councilor (1993-1995); and ACS Career Consultant (1992 to 2010).
Awards / Recognition
In 1976, he received the PQ Marketing Group Employee of the Year Award. Expert is also a Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society.

Publications and Patents Summary
He holds eight patents, has written many papers, edited the book "Soluble Silicates" published by ACS Books, and has given many presentations in his field.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has been an expert witness in many situations, including patent matter, trade issues and civil suits.
Training / Seminars
He was extensive experience in course development and training seminars.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of: Alkali silicates, Zeolite,Silica soils, Silica gels, Precipitated silicas, Glass beads, and Hollow spheres, i.e., SiO2 based chemicals and materials.

He has access to the following resources: Personal contacts and extensive literature files.

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