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Expert in Carbides, Nitrides, SiAlON, Powder Synthesis & Processing, Ceramics Development & Fabrication

Expert ID: 732020 Arizona, USA

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Technology: R&D + Engineering, Advanced Ceramics and Materials; Powders and Parts; Synthesis – processing – handling - transfer – ready-to-press feedstock – fabrication of parts – consolidation - finish - marketing. Development, processing and fabrication of fine and ultra fine (including nano-size) materials. Expertise in the matter’s surface characteristics and manipulating the material surface features. Homo and/or hetero catalysis; chemolysis; thermolysis; mechanolysis and combinations thereof

R&D-Manufacturing-Fabrication. High temperature materials from concept-design to Lab, Pilot toward Production line. Engineered materials from A to Z

Process-inspection-quality control. Instrumental Analysis. Metallography, Materialography and Microstructural Analysis. Complete Thermal Analysis; Dimensional Analysis, Instrumental and Calibration (Comparators, Radiography); Physical/Mechanical/Electrical Testing & Analysis including new developments: Hoop Strength, Spin Disk, Micro-hardness and Dynamic Strength

Technical Consulting Expertise: Non-oxides and their synthesis, processing and manufacturing technology and equipment. Advanced technology of making tubular ceramic structures. Tiles and coatings for opaque, translucent and transparent armor. Heat exchangers for various applications such as miniature nuclear engines. Carbon fiber and SiC fiber/whisker reinforcement for C-C composites, as well as other ceramic and metal matrices for molten metal (non-ferrous) processing, service and transfer. Explosive cartridges for cracking the rocks at high depth and resuscitating the exhausted oil wells. Specialty refractories for molten metal (non-ferrous) handling, processing and transfer. Low pressure injection molding developments: technology & equipment, including the LPIM machines

Recent Development, Marketing & Technical Consultancy Achievements: Cemented Carbides: Tungsten, Molybdenum, Zirconium, Titanium, Tantalum, Silicon Carbides: Pressureless, LPS, Reaction-Bonded, Nitride and/or SiAlON Bonded. Boron Carbides and Boron Nitrides. Silicon nitrides and SiAlONs. Aluminum Nitrides and AlONs. Ceramic armor tiles and plates: Al2O3, AlN, SiC, B4C, Si3N4, SiAlONs. Tubular linings for ceramic barrels, rifled or smooth: Si3N4 and SiAlON. Translucent and transparent armor tiles: Al2O3, SiAlON, AlON, Magnesium Spinel. Ceramic envelopes and tubular structures in foundries, die casting plants and aluminum mills for handling, processing and service of molten nonferrous metals – SiC, Si3N4, SiAlON. Mechanical seals, shafts, bearings, gaskets, valves, nozzles and other sealing parts for pumps and other equipment used in oil and gas industry, chemical process, pharmaceutical: WC, SiC, Al2O3, PSZ, Si3N4, SiAlON. Ceramics parts for pulp and paper mills: Al2O3, Si3N4, SiAlON. Ceramics for Automotive and Aerospace: washers, gaskets, valves, cam roller followers, seats, piston caps, manifold valves, exhaust manifolds, igniters: SiC, ZrO2, Al2O3, AlN, Si3N4, SiAlON. B4C and SiC linings for nuclear power generation. High temperature furnace equipment and furniture. Automotive Diesel, Rocket and Nuclear engines: heating elements, furniture, heat exchangers, igniters. Ceramic grinding media and mill linings: balls, rods, cylinders, cycloids, beads, tiles, valves, jaws, hammer, plates. Materials, equipment and technology to make carbides, nitrides, oxides and oxy-nitride powders and parts. Technology and equipment for making ready-to-press aggregates and feedstock products. Graphite, C-C C-Ceramic, SiC-C and SiC-SiC composites and refractories for high temperature industrial applications

Corning, Patents examinationCemented Carbides by Low Pressure Injection Molding: Tungsten, Molybdenum, Zirconium, Titanium, TantalumSilicon Carbides: Pressureless, LPS, Reaction-Bonded, Nitride and/or SiAlON BondedNano-size AlONs By Hydrolysis of AlN Materials, equipment and technology to make carbides, nitrides, oxides and oxy-nitride powders and parts

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona - Tucson, Arizona - Mesa, Arizona - Chandler, Arizona - Tempe, Arizona - Gilbert, Arizona

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: PhD Subject: Engineering & Science Technology of Advanced Ceramics & Materials, Innovative Synthesis, Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials, Non-Equilibrium Reactions Institution: Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Year: 1978 Degree: MBA Subject: Management & Accounting and Finance Institution: Research Institute for Electronic Industry, Department of Management, Bucharest, Romania
Year: 1972 Degree: MS 2 Subject: Quantum Chemistry, Open Ligands Institution: University of Bucharest, Department of Chemistry, Bucharest, Romania
Year: 1970 Degree: MS 1 Subject: Ceramics Science & Engineering, Development of Ceramic Materials from Powders to Finished Ceramic Product, Glass Technology Institution: Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Department of Silicates and Oxide Compounds, Bucharest, Romania
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Industrial Chemistry – Inorganics, Chemical Engineering Institution: Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Department of Industrial Chemistry, Bucharest, Romania

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Expert Technical Consultant, President Department: Responsibilities: Provides expertise in solid state chemistry, ceramics science & engineering, materials engineering, powder processing, process engineering, quality control and continuous improvement on materials and components investigation and analysis, expert testimony, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients
Technical and/or development Consultant, advanced ceramic, materials and processes with various consulting organizations
Professional chemist, ceramics and materials with 40+ years’ experience in academics, development and manufacturing-fabrication for structural ceramics in automotive-related industries, aerospace, oil & gas, nonferrous metals, paper and pulp, electronics, .
Hands-on consultant on various aspects of the chemistry, physics and manufacturing-fabrication of materials and their applications
Years: 2007 to 2013 Employer: CerCo I, Inc., Shreve, OH Title: Senior Technical Director Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for all strategic technology, manufacturing and business development activities of aluminas, zirconias, silicon carbides, silicon nitrides and SiAlONs, powders, rtp, fabrication, Process-Inspection-Quality Control
Researched, identified, and targeted new market segments for non-oxide ceramic products, resulting in 28% increase in annualized sales revenues for armor and wear application products primarily for the US and Far East markets
Generated engineering support by organizing product management and technical support teams to focus product development efforts for existing and new markets and segments. Synthesis, processing, development and fabrication of non-oxides applications: wear, electronic, military and armor components, assemblies and parts. Multimillion USD development and start-up projects: R&D and new developments for lab, pilot & production of non-oxides
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Materials & Electrochemical Research (MER) Corporation, Tucson, AZ Title: Director Technologies, Principal Investigator Department: Advanced Ceramics Responsibilities: Development, synthesis, processing and fabrication of advanced ceramics and composites for high tech applications: Transparent Armor: fluorides and AlONs, Gun Barrel Linings: SiAlONs, silicon nitrides, Rocket and turbo engines: C-C, SiC-C, SiC-SiC. Earn over $3 million revenue for the company form SBIR research proposals and awards-wining programs
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Penn United Technology, Inc. (PUC), Saxonburg, PA Title: Chief Scientist Department: Carbides, Inc. (PUC), Saxonburg, PA Responsibilities: Development of tungsten carbide and silicon carbide mechanical seals and seal faces for fluid processing and transfer industries. Development and fabrication of WC & SiC components toward a production of $25 million in revenues annually. Carbon-carbon, Graphite foams and graphite furniture including setters, pins, retorts, etc. for processing of WC and SiC products
Years: 1988 to 2001 Employer: CCS Ceramic technologies – Benchmark Structural Ceramics Corp. - BSCC, Buffalo, NY Title: Vice President Engineering Department: Responsibilities: Developed, run and managed the entire R&D and Pilot activity of the organization. Silicon carbide and SiAlON technology of synthesis and processing, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales of the company. Spearheaded technology & engineering development, validation & commercialization from the lab technology to early stage Pilot and manufacturing start up. Planned, developed, built and managed R&D, production, operations, training, and testing/laboratory activities. Originated and developed Controlled Combustion Synthesis – CCS technology, including powder synthesis, processing and fabrication of parts and assemblies for thermal and chemical protection systems under high mechanical and friction stress load - effective molten metal ceramics and components for hot slurries handling, processing and transfer, including combustion engine and gas turbine components, and heat exchangers for combustion and nuclear engines. Developed and erected pilots for the manufacturing of carbides: sintered, bonded and/or cemented, nitrides sintered and/or bonded, sintered silicides and C-C composites, carbon foams and graphite machining workshop of making reactors for combustion-synthesis technologies toward a production of $6 million dollars annually

Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: State University of NY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY Title: Research Associate Department: Chemical Engineering, Reactions & Ceramic Laboratory Responsibilities: R&D: SHS technologies for synthesis of silicon carbide, boron carbide, titanium diboride, aluminum nitride and silicon nitride ceramic materials. Scientific contributions to combustion-synthesis and solid flames in transient regimes, as well as gas-flame technology and magma-plasma reactions in mechanochemical (mechanolysis) processes. Technology development, engineering and design of C-C and graphite reactors for combustion-synthesis applications. Teaching and advisory positions, graduate student programs, within the Department of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Reaction and Ceramic Engineering
Years: 1984 to 1987 Employer: Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel Title: PhD Student, Teaching Instructor, Research Associate Department: Materials Engineering Responsibilities: Fundamental Scientific Contributions to Combustion-Synthesis of Solid State Reactions. Technical development of ceramic matrix composite armor tiles and vehicular armor components. Teaching and advisory positions, undergraduate programs within the Departments of Materials Engineering and Minerals Beneficiation of the Institute. Graduate Student within the Department’s Ph.D. program
Years: 1982 to 1984 Employer: Israel Ceramics and Silicates Institute, Haifa, Israel Title: Research Engineer Department: Aluminas and Carbides Responsibilities: Research & Development ceramic armor and machinable ceramics processing and fabrication. Development of the Low Pressure Injection Molding (LPIM) technology, machinery and testing equipment. Development of bioceramic materials for prostheses and human data sensors toward pain management. Graphite susceptors for making TiC compositions

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2014 to Present Country / Region: Germany/Europe Summary: Components from Molybdenum and Tungsten Carbide Powders
Years: 2009 to 2010 Country / Region: Swizerland/Europe Summary: Hot pressing Equipment and Technology to make transparent ceramics for non-military applications
Years: 1982 to 1987 Country / Region: Israel Summary: Ceramic Capillaries, Low Pressure Injection Molding Technology & Equipment
Years: 1976 to 1982 Country / Region: Romania Summary: Ceramics Arresters, Zircons, Celsians, Low Pressure Injection Molding of Complex Ceramics

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
The American Ceramic Society from 1987
The National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, Elected member since 1988
American Chemical Society from 1989
American Association of Combustion Synthesis, Elected member since 1990
The New York Academy of Science, Elected member since 1990
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Elected Senior Member since 1993
Licenses / Certifications
▪ Shaft Seal Design & Applications Engineering, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Houston, TX, May 2002
▪ Transient Regimes – Modeling and Finite Element Analysis, State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, NY, February 1988
▪ Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction Analysis, Technion Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa, Israel, June 1985
▪ Advanced Nitrogen Glass Melting Theory and Practice, Research Institute Ceramics & Silicates, Technion City, Haifa, Israel, April 1983
Awards / Recognition
Inclusion in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership for Outstanding Contributions to the Engineering of Ceramics, Inventor of the Year, Niagara Frontier, for Inventions
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 60 publications, technical papers and presentations to various conferences and symposiums. Granted 13 U.S. patents

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Limited experience as expert with patents and ceramic armor
Training / Seminars
Design and Management of Non-Destructive Tests and Analysis for High Performance Ceramic Components. Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena. Cemented Carbides and Non-Oxides Shaft and Seal Design & Applications Engineering. Transient Regimes – Modeling and Finite Element Analysis. Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction Analysis
▪ Advanced Glass Melting Theory and Practice

Vendor Selection
North & Central America, Europe, and Far East Suppliers of SiC, Silicon Nitride, SiAlON pre-ceramics, ceramic powders, ready-to press grains
Marketing Experience
Advanced and Hard Ceramics for Oil & Gas, Chemical Processing, Aluminum Mills, Die-Casting & Foundries, Pulp & Paper Mills, Automotive, Defense, Military
Other Relevant Experience
Instrumental Analysis. Metallography, Materialography and Microstructural Analysis. Complete Process, Inspection and Quality Control Powders, Parts and Assemblies

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Romanian His Mother Language
Hebrew Limited
French Technical Literature
Hungarian Limited

Fields of Expertise

advanced material, ceramic component manufacturing, ceramic engineering, ceramic powder, ceramic powder characterization technology, ceramic sintering, high-temperature non-oxide ceramic material, silicon carbide, silicon carbide sintering, silicon nitride, small-particle ceramic, structural ceramic, aluminum oxide, alumina ceramic, advanced ceramic material, aluminum nitride sintering, ceramic processing, automotive ceramic, ceramic forming, ceramic binder, ceramic finishing, ceramic microstructure analysis, ceramic property characterization, ceramic component, ceramic machining, ceramic material heat treatment, ceramic prototype, non-oxide ceramic, oxide ceramic, refractory ceramic, silicon carbide refractory, ceramic material manufacturing, ceramic technology, ceramic heat exchanger, ceramic material, ceramic mechanical property, ceramic powder processing, ceramic material selection, monolithic ceramic, ceramic defect, ceramic deformation analysis, ceramic fracture strength, ceramic failure, ceramic failure analysis, ceramic quality control, ceramic property, ceramic property measurement, ceramic quality, high-temperature material, abrasive material, high-purity oxide ceramic, ceramic slip casting, ceramic slip production, electrical ceramic, ceramic substrate, ceramic particle suspension, ceramic physical property, ceramic material surface evaluation, ceramic material reliability improvement, ceramic drying technology, high-temperature insulation, inorganic chemistry, non-metallic abrasive, technical ceramic, ceramic insulation, hybrid ceramic bearing, carbon nitride, spinel, ceramic particulate composite, ceramic extrusion, ceramic impact energy, carbothermal reduction, ceramic mechanical variable measurement, ceramic creep, aluminum nitride, advanced composite technology, advanced composite, porous ceramic, optical ceramic, aerospace defense system, aluminum nitride ceramic, ceramic corrosion, ceramic hot isostatic pressing, high-temperature lubricant, aeronautical propulsion, refractory, nitrogen, gas turbine engine

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