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Expert in Catalytic Organic Chemistry

Expert ID: 107574 New Jersey, USA

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Expert has over 30 years of experience in catalytic organic chemistry. His exceptional skills encompass basic research, product development, scale-up, manufacturing, sales and marketing, joint venture, and contract negotiating on catalytic-related issues important to the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries.

He provides his clients advice on optimized manufacturing procedures and on equipment selection, installation, and operation. He has worked with issues on material balances, analytical determinations, impurities control, and environmental concerns.

Having worked extensively with the deactivation of supported precious metal catalysts, Expert can answer in-depth questions on regeneration processes. He has provided services and studies on the prevention of catalyst deactivation via sintering, fouling, and poisoning.

Expert uses state-of-the-art analytical techniques for determining precious metal content in virgin and spent catalysts, liquid and solid by-products, and process effluents as part of plant quality control efforts. He provides advice on establishing routine and non-routine instrumental characterization techniques for the structure of supports, virgin catalysts, and spent or deactivated products. He has recommended and established evaluation procedures and methods for powdered and particulate catalysts.

Expert has extensive expertise with the development, manufacture, and supply of precious metal catalysts. He has selected reagents, raw materials, and supports and has prepared precious metal salts and solutions for use as starting materials. He is familiar with the purchase, installation, and debugging of pilot plant and commercial plant manufacturing equipment.

Expert provides his clients with technical advice on the development of precious metal catalysis processes such as hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, oxidation, isomerization, reductive alkylation, dehydrohalogenation, and decarbonylation. Experienced with catalyst selection, Expert is familiar with the nature of precious metals and catalyst supports including the aspects of chemical composition, geometry, and physical and chemical properties. He can answer questions on process development starting with laboratory set-up and testing, scale-up to pilot plant and commercial plant, and slurry phase versus fixed bed operation of commercial reactors.

Well versed in purchasing virgin catalysts from vendors, Expert can provide advice on sampling, analysis, and reproducibility studies. He is knowledgeable of loading and unloading techniques at the plant level. He has worked with separation (both filtration and centrifugation), cleaning, homogenization, and preparation for the precious metal recovery (refining) cycle. He has monitored and collaborated with the spent precious metal catalyst refiners on the optimization of precious metal returns.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Hartford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: Loyola University
Year: 1968 Degree: MS Subject: Organic Chemistry/Catalysis Institution: Northwestern University
Year: 1960 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Sao Paulo University, Brazil

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1994 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1991 to 1994 Employer: Johnson Matthey Title: Manager, Catalyst Commercial Development Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: PMC (Precious Metals Corporation) Title: Technical and Marketing Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1970 to 1988 Employer: Engelhard Corporation Title: Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: Research Associate Title: Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1982 to 1984 Employer: Latin American Operations Title: Director, Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1978 to 1982 Employer: ChemCatalysts Department Title: Technical Manager, Technical Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1970 to 1978 Employer: Title: Department: Responsibilities: Research Chemist Supervisor, Senior Research Chemist

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to 2001 Country / Region: Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico Summary: As Director for Latin American Operations for Engelhard Industries, Expert promoted chemical, electronic, and precious metal products throughout much of Latin America. He established extensive technical and commercial contacts at the government and industrial levels in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the North American Catalysis Society, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Commercial Development Association.
Licenses / Certifications
He is the author of several publications and patents in the field of catalytic organic chemistry.
Professional Appointments
Expert was Chairman of the Catalysis Society of New York.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
This expert is open to serving as an expert witness in lawsuits.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of: heterogeneous precious metal catalysts, catalyst supports, and precious metals (including salts and solutions).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
He is proficient in Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian languages.

Fields of Expertise

catalyst mechanism, industrial catalysis, precious metal, catalytic hydrogenation, catalytic oxidation, catalysis, precious-metal recovery, catalyst regeneration, catalyst poison, catalyst poisoning, catalyst support, reductive alkylation, fixed-bed reactor, amine catalyst, hydrogenation catalyst development, aromatic compound synthesis, hydrosilation, hydrogenated oil, hydrogenation catalyst, automotive emissions catalyst, catalyst disposal, gas-liquid reaction, oxidation chemistry, solid acid catalyst, acid catalyst, laboratory procedure, ammoxidation reaction, hydrophobic catalyst, oxidation catalyst, Raney nickel, oxo process, supported noble metal catalyst, supported platinum catalyst, supported palladium catalyst, supported catalyst, supported metal catalyst, catalyst structure optimization, off-site catalyst regeneration, selective catalytic reduction catalyst, selective catalytic reduction, homogeneous transition metal catalysis, heterogeneous transition metal catalysis, transition metal catalysis, transition metal catalyst, chemical process monitoring, petroleum refining catalysis, gas-phase catalysis, aromatic compound catalytic hydrogenation, coordination compound, laboratory development, fuel cell material, chemical process troubleshooting, porous catalyst physical-chemical characterization, aluminum oxide catalyst, chemical technology innovation, chemical manufacturing facility evaluation, laboratory process development, chemical pilot plant development, catalyst recycling, iridium compound, precious-metal compound, addition reaction catalysis, chemical process development, platinum metal, manufacturing process development, base catalysis, chemical manufacturing technology, laboratory management, catalyst reactivity, catalyst structure, oxidation reaction, manufacturing process optimization, palladium catalysis, palladium catalyst, precious-metal refining, petroleum hydrogenation, isomerization, acid catalysis, hydrogenation, iridium chemistry, hydrocarbon processing, chemical compound, shape-selective catalysis, pollution catalysis, platinum, physical chemistry, palladium, organic chemistry, multicomponent catalyst, iridium, hydrogen, hydrocarbon chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, fuel cell, hydrazine, catalytic converter, catalyst, catalysis reagent, acid

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