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Expert in Chemical Process and Catalyst Technologies, Licensing, R&D, Engineering, General Management

Expert ID: 728940 New York, USA

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Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. The second half of his industrial career was in general management of a catalyst development and production facility, and as president of Halcon International, where he was responsible for process and catalyst development, engineering, licensing, and sales to the world-wide petrochemical market.

His work as a consultant has broadened his chemical industry knowledge so that today he is knowledgeable in virtually all of the chemical and petrochemical process technologies used in the global chemical industry. Some of his consulting work has involved doing market research on the possible markets for new catalysts and chemical products, or new ways to produce those catalysts and products.

Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. The second half of his industrial career was in general management of a catalyst development and production facility, and as president of Halcon International, where he was responsible for process and catalyst development, engineering, licensing, and sales to the world-wide petrochemical market. He gained substantial operating experience managing industrial catalyst manufacturing and starting up petrochemical plants. He served as an expert witness in a case involving process plant design, and contractual matters. He also led a team of experts using experimentation and mathematical modeling to explain a possible runaway polymerization leading to a fire and explosion on a container ship. He has also served as an expert, alone, or part of a team, investigating several poor performing catalytic reactors involving production of methanol and of ethylene oxide, respectively..

Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. In industry, he started up and ran a continuous pilot plant for ethylene oxide production, led the continous improvement of that process technology including conversion of the operation from air to oxygen feed operations. He led the start up of many ethylene oxide plants including the first two to be converted to the new oxygen process. He managed process develop for several other process technologies, and also led the R&D effort to develop improved ethylene oxide and maleic anhydride catalysts. As a consultant, he has assisted a number of organizations in small scale and pilot plant research, and advised some on their path to commercialization. Also as a consultant, he has reviewed proposals and R&D projects funded by the Department of Energy, in all areas of chemical technology, novel separations, novel reactor systems, etc. He gained substantial operating experience managing industrial catalyst manufacturing and starting up petrochemical plants. He served as an expert witness in a case involving process plant design and contractual matters.

Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. His work as a consultant has broadened his chemical industry knowledge so that today he is knowledgeable in virtually all of the chemical and petrochemical process technologies used in the global chemical industry. For the Department of Energy, he reviewed many of the process technologies being used by the US chemical industry, and evaluated the process areas of each which were responsible for high energy consumption. He also recommended process changes to reduce those energy usages.

He reviewed the status of R&D for a multinational energy company developing a petrochemical technology they intended to commercialize. His role was to advise what level of larger scale research was necessary before committing to investing in the commercial facility.He had several assignments where he reviewed the R&D status for start up companies, evaluating whether these technologies could be developed to economically viable processes, and how they might be implemented. This included both techical and economic valuations plus patent review.He and two other associates performed a large study of the possible production of bio-butanol culminating in a large report for a Spanish client. His personal role was economic modeling of the competitive petro-butanol technology, and developing production and pricing forecasts for propylene and oxo chemicals.He worked with a microchannel reactor startup and a major German chemical company on the possible production of a major petrochemical using the microchannel reactor concept. He also advised the startup company on their development program for using this type of reactor for Fischer-Tropsch production.He has served for the past 16 years as a reviewer and advisor to the US Department of Energy on their programs to reduce energy consumption of chemical production in the US by adopting new process technologies.

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 - Stamford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Master's in Business Policy Subject: General Management Institution: Columbia Business School
Year: 1963 Degree: D. Eng. Sci Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Columbia School of Engineering
Year: 1958 Degree: M.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Columbia School of Engineering
Year: 1956 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Columbia School of Engineering
Year: 1955 Degree: A.B. Subject: Pre-engineering Institution: Columbia College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and Principal Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: He is sole practitioner in a consultancy, for industrial and government clients, or as subcontractor to consultants, forensic consulting firms, and as an expert witness for the outside counsel of a major multinational chemical firm.
Years: 1988 to 2000 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: President and CEO Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: He was fully responsible for P&L and general management of the company, reporting to the parent company, Linde Engineering in Munich, Germany.
Years: 1987 to 1998 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director, Process Eval/Research Planning Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Managed the company's largest multiclient program, including supervising preparation of technical reports, and chairing technical meetings with groups of clients worldwide
Years: 1983 to 1987 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: President Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: P&L and general management responsibility for a 600 person R&D and engineering organization, reporting to the owner, Texas Eastern Corporation in Houston,TX.
Years: 1960 to 1983 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Development Engineer to VP Technology Department: Various Responsibilities: Development of process technology for ethylene oxide and other process technologies, ran pilot plant for EO, managed commercialization of process improvements, managed triannual EO Licensees' meetings worldwide, started up many EO plants, investigated several plant problems and accidents.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2001 to 2018 Agency: US Department of Energy Role: Reviewer Description: He participated in many peer reviews and managed two such reviews for chemicals and Forest Products
Years: 2003 to 2012 Agency: US Department of Energy Role: He carried out studies Description: He participated or led several multi-year projects to develop software or information to aid DOE in evaluating proposed R&D projects
Years: 2007 to 2007 Agency: IRS Role: R&D expert support Description: He supported the expert witness as a subcontractor to a forensic consulting firm in a dispute involving R&D investment tax credits

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1964 to 1964 Country / Region: Japan and Australia Summary: He advised two scientific design ethylene oxide licensees on the start up of their new plants, and he led the start up team in the commissioning of an EO plant for a new licensee.

He spent several weeks in Sydney, Australia advixing anothre EO licensee concerning chemical cleaning and passivation of process equipment
Years: 1970 to 1970 Country / Region: Sweden Summary: He managed startup team at startup of licensee's EO plant that had been expanded and converted to use of pure oxygen feed.
Years: 1970 to 1970 Country / Region: Japan Summary: He managed startup team at start up of licensee's EO plant that had been expanded and convereted to use of pure oxygen feed.
Years: 1988 to 2000 Country / Region: Germany Summary: He was president of US subsidiary of large German engineering firm, and spent up to weeks at a time in Munich during his presidency, reporting to a senior German executive.
Years: 2003 to 2003 Country / Region: South Africa Summary: Advised SASOL on development of process to produce chemical intermediate
Years: 2013 to 2014 Country / Region: China Summary: Advised US Technology company and Chinese client regarding acetic acid expansion project

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
AIChE - Past Director, Past Chair Management Division, Fellow, Management Division Award, Management Division Service Award

ACC&CE - Past President;

Societe de Chimie Industrialle, Past VP Finance.
Awards / Recognition
Ford Foundation Scholarship, Columbia College
Monsanto Fellowship, Columbia Engineering School
Publications and Patents Summary
He has two patents in many countries in the ethylene oxide field.
He has four publications on work he has done for DOE on their Industiral Technologies Program website.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has performed one expert witness task, covering several years, and including analyzing discovery items, writing expert report, reviewing and critiquing opposing expert report, rebutting comments on own report, deposition before opponent's lawyers, and expert testimony in the Southern District Federal Court in New York City.

He has worked for several forensic consulting firms, supporting the development of expert witness reports, covering technical and business issues involving multinational chemical and utilities companies, government agencies, etc.
Training / Seminars
He has developed a training course for US DOE for a software product that he had developed to compare expected performance of new technology against current technology.
He has presented seminars on consulting, on managing a technology company, and on hydrocarbon vapor flammability testing.
He presented a seminar on the global energy balance history and future.
Marketing Experience
He has developed strong insights on the operation of the US and global chemical industry. He has also developed a strong knowledge of the global history, status and potential future of fuels, feedstocks, and energy consumptions in various sectors. He is very familiar with the technologies being used by chemical producers and other process industry producers around the world, and the cost drivers associated with these.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Italian He is fluent
French He can read, but in writing and speaking, vocabulary is somewhat limited.
German He can read technical German
Spanish He can read Spanish

Fields of Expertise

supported noble metal catalyst, supported catalyst, petrochemical catalysis, oxidation catalyst, industrial catalysis, hydrogenation catalyst, catalysis, catalytic hydrogenation, catalytic distillation, catalytic oxidation, heterogeneous catalysis, Fischer-Tropsch reaction, oxo process, formaldehyde, butanol, isopropyl alcohol, propyl alcohol, acetic acid, acetic anhydride, styrene, ethylene oxide, propylene oxide production, maleic anhydride production, methanol, methanol production, chemical plant design, chemical process development, batch process design, synthesis gas, nitrogen, oxygen production, chemical-process flow chart, accident investigation, chemical technology, petrochemical process plant designing, petrochemical reactor, petrochemical-related design, process engineering, process technology, chemical marketing, chemical plant operation, bioprocess engineering, McCabe-Thiele diagram, fractionating column, entrainment, distillation equipment, chemical process equipment, chemical plant management, new chemical process operations, chemical process troubleshooting, process-engineering safety, petrochemical process-engineering equipment, process engineering equipment, biotechnology process engineering, chemical transformation, biomass, coal-fired boiler, chemical plant troubleshooting, operating cost analysis, operating cost, cost analysis, chemical plant explosion, chemical plant, process-engineering filtration, process-engineering extraction, process-engineering distillation, process-engineered separation, design engineering, petroleum refinery, gas separation, fractionation, continuous distillation, coal gasification, chemical reactor

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