Expert in Chemical Separation/Purification
He has a particular interest in lactic acid, organic acids, amino acids, alcohols, glycols, esters, amides, antioxidants, animal and plant growth factors, proteins, vitamins, microbial gums, and bio-pulp. He has identified options for recovery of antibiotic from fermentation broth.
Expert's experience includes all aspects of separations process development, from a sketch on paper to an operating 1-ton/hour facility. Some of the projects he has completed include evaluating options for recovery of insulin-like growth factor (somatomedin) from horse blood, identifying a process to remove inhibitory components from fermentation broth, and allowing reuse and effluent reduction (with potential to save over $250,000/year). He supervised and conducted hands-on bench and pilot-scale separations and reaction testing. He directed computer simulation (PROCESS½) modeling. He designed distillation, filtration, drying, ion exchange, and reaction equipment with scale-up factors of 1:40,000 and greater. Expert also developed a new hydrolysis column system using batch data and simulations that, after startup, operated and exceeded a design target of 95% conversion at 2500 lb/hr.
Expert has specified quality control laboratory setup and a process control system. He acted as the lead technical liaison person to the full-service design contractor for separation process design. He managed research and development projects and helped meet aggressive timing and budget objectives (50 months from concept to startup with completed facility budget $15 million less than the initial estimate). He has written patents and patent drafts for various new process concepts.
Expert has experience in the brewing and fermentation industry. He has completed various assignments, including identifying processes to remove inhibitory components from fermentation broth and allowing the reuse and effluent reduction (with potential to save over $250,000/year). Expert has reviewed business and research plans for a proposed $125 MM/yr business venture. He evaluated and tested pilot-scale solid-state fermentation. He recommended directions for lactic acid fermentation research program. He has analyzed the economics and recommended research directions for fermentation procedures to produce 1,2-propanediol from glucose. He has also performed routine quality control tests for a beer manufacturing facility.
Expert has experience with solvent selection and extractant design using a combinatorial program, property databases, and heuristic rules.
Expert has extensive experience with esterification and hydrolysis process system design, testing, modeling and scale-up.
At Kiwichem, Expert uses in-house software packages to model aeration in fermentation and mass transfer in gas-liquid mixing systems.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin - Racine, Wisconsin - Appleton, Wisconsin - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Waukegan, Illinois - Schaumburg, Illinois
|Year: 1987||Degree: PhD||Subject: Chemical Engineering||Institution: The University of Wisconsin|
|Year: 1980||Degree: B.Tech||Subject: Biotechnology||Institution: Massey University, New Zealand|
|Years: 1995 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: BIOPROCESS & SEPARATIONS CONSULTANT||Department:||Responsibilities:|
|Years: 1988 to 1996||Employer: University of Wisconsin, Madison; Department of Chemical Engineering||Title: Various (see below)||Department:||Responsibilities: Associate Lecturer, 1996.
Honorary Fellow, Visiting Associate Scientist 1990-95.
Visiting Assistant Scientist 1988-89.
|Years: 1990 to 1994||Employer: Ecochem||Title: Technical Manager-Lactic Acid||Department:||Responsibilities:|
|Years: 1978 to 1985||Employer: Universal Foods, Milwaukee, WI Lion Breweries, New Zealand Meat Industry Research Institute||Title: Research and Technical Assistant||Department:||Responsibilities: Research and Technical Assistant for Universal Foods, Milwaukee, WI Lion Breweries, New Zealand Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand New Zealand Agricultural Engineering Institute|
|Years: 1978 to 1985||Employer: 1900,Universal Foods, Milwaukee, WI||Title: Research and Technical Assistant for868||Department:||Responsibilities:|
|Expert has minimal competency in Chinese and French.|