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Expert in Bionewable Conversion Processes, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Adsorbents

Expert ID: 721060 Florida, USA

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The catalyst synthesis technology developed by expert and his associates is directly applied to the catalysis of petroleum and chemical reactions. Therefore, the insight that he has in the catalyst technology allows him to solve many problems relating to the catalysis of petroleum and chemical reactions. Reactions of interest include fluid cracking of hydrocarbons, hydrocracking, desulfurization, acid/base catalyzed reactions, carbonylation, and isomerization of hydrocarbons over metal oxide.

The catalyst synthesis technology that he and his associates have developed is directly applied to the catalysis of pollutants. Therefore, the insight expert has in catalyst technology allows him to solve many problems relating to the catalysis of pollution abatement.

Expert's catalyst synthesis technology is applied to the manufacture of metal oxides, usually supported on another metal oxide such as silica, alumina, and zeolites.

Expert has completed development programs recently that use homogeneous metal complexes for oxidative coupling reactions. His group has also examined the use of very strong acids as co-catalyst for this reaction. His interest also includes the use of very strong homogeneous acids to catalyze rearrangements and isomerizations.

As a research engineer for a major oil company, he developed solid acid catalysts and designed reactors for FCCU technology. In subsequent projects at Georgia Tech, he assisted sponsors in developing high efficient FCCU catalysts. Later work centered on developing characterization techniques.

Expert developed a new catalyst system for coupling aromatics using Pd and a very strong acid. This technology is currently before the U.S. Patent office. His group has been awarded a patent (U.S. 5,679,867) for a novel solid acid catalyst for toluene cabonylation. Additionally, he has developed an analytical technique based on NMR to measure the water content of triflic acid at levels less than 1 wt% H2O in acid.

Expert has developed solid acid catalysts to replace AlCl3/HCl as the catalyst for reactions involving aromatics as the substrate. This work was done as part of a contract to develop novel solid acid catalysts. For the past 20 years, he and his research group have developed a new technique to produce high efficiency catalysts having exceptional selectivity/yield for reactions such as alcohol dehydrogenation to aldehydes.

Expert's group has developed new techniques to determine the active metal surface area of metal catalysts supported on oxides such as copper. For 20 years, they have developed catalysts based on copper for reactions such as acidic isomerization of hydrocarbons, hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, hydrogenolysis of esters, and catalytic decomposition of NOx, selective oxidation of olefins.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jacksonville, Florida - Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Gainesville, Florida - Palm Bay, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Melbourne, Florida - Deltona, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Rice University
Year: 1973 Degree: M.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Purdue University
Year: 1971 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Texas

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to 2013 Employer: Energy Institute at Mississippi State University Title: Research Professor Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Responsibilities: He is responsible for the transfer to licensees of his technology developed at Mississippi State University for the conversion of synthesis gas to hydrocarbon liquids.
Years: 2006 to 2010 Employer: Mississippi State Title: Director Department: Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: He is responsible for administration of the School of Chemical Engineering.
Years: 1977 to 2005 Employer: Georgia State Title: Professor Department: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for teaching and research.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2005 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: Expert was the NATO Program Director for a Science for Peace Grant

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 100 publications, 13 patents, and one book.

Fields of Expertise

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