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Expert in Chemical Process Synthesis, Sulfur Recovery, Sour Water Treatment, Acid Gas Removal

Expert ID: 108062 California, USA

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Dr. (or Professor) Expert has made it a primary theme of his academic and industrial research to study how to take a novel idea from the lab bench to the pilot plant. The steps include conception, deciding what experimental data are required for proof-of-concept, comparing the concept to existing technology, and synthesizing a flowsheet that embodies the primary concept (or concepts) in a form sufficiently close to optimal to allow a preliminary economic evaluation. In recent years such projects have included small-scale production of chlorine and sodium hydroxide, sulfur recovery by four separate processes, and recovery of inorganic salts from aqueous solutions by extractive crystallization.

Expert has done research in the area of chlorine and chlorate cell development. He also served for 25 years as a divisional editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He is familiar with many aspects of industrial electrochemistry and the production of various bleaching chemicals in particular, and with the technology of producing many inorganic commodity chemicals in general.

Research and teaching of plant design have made Expert familiar with a wide variety of sulfur-recovery processes. He understands sulfuric acid manufacture, flue gas desulfurization, and the treatment of sour refinery gases. His research in high-temperature coal gas clean-up has included energy integration for improving the thermal efficiency of power production using gas turbines fired with that fuel.

Expert has done research in the stripping of organic solvents from water using steam under vacuum or air, together with the synthesis of low-energy processes for separating azeotrope-formers such as ethanol from water, both by extractive distillation and by azeotropic distillation. This work has made him familiar with the fundamentals that must be applied in many related separations.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1954 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: California Institute of Technology
Year: 1951 Degree: M.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: California Institute of Technology
Year: 1950 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemistry Institution: California Institute of Technology
Year: 1954 Degree: Postdoctoral Study Subject: Gas Absorption Institution: Technical University, Delft, Netherlands

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1967 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert conusults on the synthesis and design of chemical processes.
Years: 1994 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Emeritus Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 1975 to 1994 Employer: University Of California, Berkeley Title: Principal Investigator Department: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Responsibilities:
Years: 1990 to 1994 Employer: University Of California, Berkeley Title: Associate Dean, Business & Budget Department: College of Chemistry Responsibilities:
Years: 1967 to 1994 Employer: University Of California, Berkeley Title: Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 1954 to 1966 Employer: Dow Chemical Company Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the ACS, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a past member of the Electrochemical Society.
Professional Appointments
For 25 years, Expert was Journal Editor for the Electrochemical Society's Industrial Electrolytic Division.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was elected a Fellow of the AIChE. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Technical University, Delft, Netherlands.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published over 75 technical papers and holds 19 patents.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Dutch
German

Fields of Expertise

chemical engineering, chemical process development, new chemical process, sodium, chloralkali technology, alkali halide, chlorine, electrochemical cell, sodium carbonate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite, sulfur recovery, stationary source sulfur dioxide control, flue gas desulfurization, steam stripping, aqueous azeotrope separation, amine gas treating, gas treatment, chemical process design, chlorine manufacturing, sulfuric acid manufacturing, acid manufacturing, extractive distillation, hydrogen sulfide abatement, steam turbine efficiency, wastewater air stripping, wastewater steam stripping, chloralkali, solution concentration, hazardous-waste dechlorination, process-engineering extraction, process-engineering distillation, sulfur oxide compound environmental effect, sulfur dioxide environmental effect, inorganic water treatment chemical, wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, energy generation, gas stripping, chemical reactor design, chemical extraction, industrial wastewater, halogenation, azeotropic mixture, open steam, process engineering, liquid-liquid mass transfer, gas-liquid mass transfer, hydrodesulfurization, sulfide compound, hydrogen sulfide, wastewater, sulfur dioxide, sulfur oxide compound, halogen chemistry, bromine chemistry, chlorine chemistry, chloride compound, electrolytic cell, sodium compound, vacuum distillation, steam distillation, solid electrolyte, sodium hydroxide environmental effect, soda ash, rectification distillation, organic solvent, magnesium chloride, liquid-liquid mass transfer operation, iodine, inorganic synthesis, hypochlorite, petroleum hydrodesulfurization, hydrogen sulfide environmental effect, humidification, halogen, water halogenation, halogen compound, halide, gas-liquid mass transfer operation, gas absorption, fluorine, flue gas treatment, electrolytic solution, electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, mass transfer, dehumidification, continuous distillation, chlorine environmental effect, chemical industrial wastewater treatment, chemical reactor scale-up, chemical reactor, bromine

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