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Expert in Silicone Process Chemistry

Expert ID: 736113 Michigan, USA

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Expert has a strong background in experimentation, mechanism reaction kinetics, chemical synthesis, experience with silicon/silicone materials, computational chemistry/engineering, and material characterization. Expert has been inventor and project leader for multiple projects that results in +$1MM/yr in cost savings. Previous roles have included managing of indirect report laboratory staff, research activities, reaction kinetic modeling, physical property estimation, analytical method testing development, and thermochemical property estimation to increase production predictability, increase process safety, and to meet critical customer and business needs.

Expert has successfully developed new products, supported product stewardship and customer technical issues, and provided new product market analysis. Expert is experienced in routine analytical materials characterization using XRF, XRD, SEM, TEM, BET, and chromatographic methods. Additionally, expert has experience in successfully deriving reaction kinetics from laboratory experiments and theoretical methods that were implement into commercial reactors (including fluidized bed reactors, packed bed reactors, CVD reactors, gas-phase interchangers, etc.) while working with a diverse team of researchers and staff.

Key Skills:
Experimentation, Catalysis, Polymer Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics/ Kinetics Modeling / First Principle calculations, Silicone Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Packed Bed Reactors, Fluid Bed Reactors, CSTR/Batch Reactors, HPLC/LC/GC/IC Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, FTIR, Process Simulation, Chemistry Simulation, UV-VIS, Marketing Analysis, Stage Gate Review, Portfolio Management, Ultra-High Vacuum/ CVD/PVD, AES/XPS/XRD/XRF, SEM/TEM/AFM/STM, Computational Chemistry, GMP /ISO Experience, DOE Design New Product Development

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Midland, MI

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2011 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Virginia
Year: 2006 Degree: M.S. Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Year: 2004 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemistry: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: A startup company that makes and sells extracts from plant natural products.
Position Overview:
• Organize and Develop Startup Company. Developed key technology, worked with retail customers, developed company workflows.
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Expert runs a chemical process development service organization. Areas of concentration include: process safety, scale up, quality investigations, and R&D. Expert's team also advise customers in formula improvements and patent searches. They have a working lab taking on niche projects. Expert frequently supports clients with pilot scale projects and silicone formula development.

Position Overview:
• Organize and Develop Startup Company. Interact with customers, perform R&D activities, and consult on manufacturing processes.
Years: 2018 to 2019 Employer: Dow Chemical / DuPont Title: Process Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Reaction engineering modeling for process scale-up design of silane systems
• Aspen Plus modeling for process scale-up of silane and silicone systems
• Thermodynamic assessment of new chemical routes including silicone polymer reactions
• Chemical kinetics design and Vapor-Liquid-Equilibria (VLE) modeling using Gaussian software and COSMO-RS Theory / First Principle calculations
• Laboratory synthesis of new silane molecules – emphasis on hazardous chemistry
• New product development of silicone LED materials
• 2018 TechCon Presentation - Emerging Products for Chemical Vapor Deposition Applications: Trisilylamine Synthesis and Fundamental Process Design
• Authored several internal reports
• Technical Service & Development for Solar adhesives and Silicone products
Years: 2018 to 2018 Employer: Saginaw Valley State University Title: Adjunct Faculty Instructor Department: Chemistry Department Responsibilities:
Years: 2014 to 2018 Employer: Hemlock Semiconductor Operations LLC Title: Associate Research Specialist, S&T Division – Process Engineering Department: Responsibilities: Position Overview:
• Job time split between Dow-Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor
• Manage Indirect Report Laboratory Staff
• Project management to develop goals, budget resourcing, economic impact to company
• Successful testing development of adsorbent materials for impurity removal
• Successfully synthesized new molecules, developed new analysis methods, to support plant initiatives
• Created kinetic models of silicone polymer reactions to be implemented for scale-up production
• Company expert on developing fundamental polymer reaction models using quantum chemistry / First Principle calculations
• Developed and implemented novel analytical methods of chemical detection, (Instrumentation used includes liquid and gas chromatography methods and mass spectroscopy)
• Author of 30+ internal reports
• Successful Vapor-Liquid-Equilibria modeling of plant process for operational improvement such as +$1.5MM/yr economically verified operational cost savings (HCl recovery).
• Polymer resin replacement on site yielded +$3MM/yr economically verified operational cost savings (alternative resin replacement); NPV of $12MM.
Years: 2017 to 2018 Employer: BC Quantum Engineering Title: Co-Founder Department: Responsibilities: At BC Quantum Engineering we aim to shorten process development time by combining chemistry knowledge with process design. This is achieved through the implementation of computational methods such as: reaction kinetics, reaction thermodynamics, physical properties, molecular interactions, and analytical data. We take this information to the next level by integrating the chemistry knowledge into process engineering. We meet client needs ranging from basic chemistry research to process development, and enable clients to advance from laboratory to commercial scale.
Years: 2014 to 2018 Employer: Dow Corning Title: Associate Research Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Process Engineering Department. Job function focus: product purity, process optimization, analytical characterization, thermodynamic assessment, develop kinetic models.
Years: 2013 to 2014 Employer: ICL Performance Products Title: Research Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Phosphate technical services for industrial water treatment and oil & gas industry. New product development. Marketing analysis.

Position Overview:
• New development and formulation of new phosphate-based products including nanomaterials, structural glass, corrosion inhibitors in paint products, and oil drilling / First Principle calculations for new product development
• Acted as product Steward for industrial water treatment providing technical advice for customers
• Comparative analysis of ICL-PP products from production sites to support marketing initiatives
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation/ Dow-Corning Corporation Title: Senior Process Chemist, S&T Division – Process Engineering Department: Responsibilities: Position Overview:
• Job time split between Dow-Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor
• Manage Indirect Report Laboratory Staff
• Project management to develop goals, budget resourcing, economic impact to company
• Thermodynamic evaluation of chemical reactions, physical property estimation including impurity and new chemical pathways / First Principle calculations
• Create chemistry kinetic models using Transition State Theory (TST) implemented into CFD modeling for process development and process scale-up / First Principle calculations
• Conducted experimentation to discover fundamental chemistry used in process scale-up and optimization development
• Designed fundamental research including both experimentation and theory aimed for production output improvement of fluid and packed bed reactors
• Implemented reaction kinetic model which enabled business justified projects +$7MM/yr economically justified operational cost savings (HOST process).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society
Webmaster, Midland Chapter of the American Chemical Society
Reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry
Awards / Recognition
• DuPont TechCon Best Poster. Emerging Products for Chemical Vapor Deposition
Applications: Trisilylamine Synthesis and Fundamental Process Design . Presentation.
• Dow-Corning Technical Achievement Award for Fundamentals of the FBR process involving HCl
reaction with metallurgic silicon. Project was economically verified to save $20MM/yr in operational
• Hemlock Semiconductor Invention Award. Technology award related to an optical imaging technique to monitor polysilicon surface morphology.
• Hemlock Semiconductor Invention Award . Technology award related to a nondestructive electromagnetic radiation imaging technique to characterize internal pores through a slab of polysilicon.
• Hemlock Semiconductor Invention Award. Technology award for the development of an analytical method to detect electronic impurities in chlorosilanes. Implemented method development saved +$750K/yr in chemical cost and improved safety by elimination of HNO3 and HF usage.
• Dow-Corning Technical Achievement Award for reaction kinetic modeling of the hydrogenation of
silicon tetrachloride. – Successfully applying quantum chemistry with engineering to scale-up process
• Hypercube Scholar (Excellence in Computational
Chemistry) – Alaska Recipient
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 8
Presentations: 8

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI
• Instructor – Chemistry
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
• Teaching Assistant - in "Physical Chemistry."
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
• Instructor - Chemistry
• Teaching Assistant - "General Chemistry."
Laboratory Instructor
University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
• Adjunct Instructor - "Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab."

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native

Fields of Expertise

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