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Expert in Chemistry: Emulsion & Solution Polymers, Water Repellants, Wax Emulsions, Thermosetting Resins, Starch, Non-Woven binders

Expert ID: 723801 South Carolina, USA

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Expert has worked as an industrial researcher for over 30 years developing products for textiles, paper and non-wovens markets. He has worked with various types of chemistry such as wax emulsions, silicone emulsions, glyoxal resins, melamine resins, starch-based products, polyvinyl alcohol-based products. He is currently engaged in the areas of emulsion polymers, and expert witness in patent infringement and other legal cases. He has been successful in extending nonwoven latex binders with starch, showing both improved performance and lower cost.He has been involved in development of a light activated anti-microbial compound which can be co-polymerized into various polymers.

The compound acts as a catalyst for producing singlet oxygen, which kills most bacteria (including MRSA) and virus. Polymers employing this technology can make surfaces and substrates self-sanitizing upon exposure to light. He has taken products from the lab bench through the pilot plant and into full-scale production. He has a small facility with a research lab and simple pilot plant.

"Creativity" is a strong descriptor of Expert's talents. More often than not, he develops a new technology, as opposed to just a new product. He can blend several areas of chemistry, and combine them to bring out desirable traits in novel materials. He has a good grasp of structure/function relationships. For example, in studying the relationship between starch, latex binders and starch crosslinking resins in paper coatings, an unexpected turn lead to a series of patents and products based on starch graft latices containing latent crosslinking systems. These were commercialized as binders for fiberglass and polyester non-wovens.

Expert has a graduate degree in organic synthesis, and uses it as a tool to bring about desired transformations in other areas such as polymer chemistry, novel monomers, and surface active agents. He considers organic chemistry like a language, and is quite fluent in it.

He has consulted for a leading manufacturer of emulsion polymers in product development for roofing mat binders. These binders are used for polyester and glass roofing mat. He has also developed what a world-wide roofing mat supplier called, "The best non-formaldehyde binder we ever tested." He developed a latex utilizing nanotechnology that performed so well the customer filed a patent covering its use in their formulation. He has introduced "next generation" technology to the roofing binder industry incorporating renewable resources..He has developed water repellents for a small start-up company which are now sold in tank truck quantities.He has retro-engineered a formulation and matched the synthetic polymer portion so that it may be produced locally instead of imported, resulting in significant cost savings.He showed a client how to match a product which recently came off-patent. Client had been trying for a year unsuccessfully to match it. In 3 days he went from discussions to pilot plant batch which got the business for the client.He developed a successful argument in a patent litigation which invalidated an issued patent.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Concord, North Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina - Augusta, Georgia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1979 Degree: MS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of South Carolina

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to 2010 Employer: AQUES Chemical Consulting Group, LLC Title: Proprietor/ Dir of Research & Product Development Department: Research & product development Responsibilities: He offers consulting services & product development to select chemical companies in emulsion/solution polymers, water repellants, coating additives, non-woven binders.
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. Title: scientist Department: R&D Responsibilities: He developed coating additives for paper, binders for non-wovens, water repellants and non-formaldehyde resins.
Years: 1987 to 1998 Employer: OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. Title: Scientist Department: R&D Responsibilities: Develop additives for paper coatings, water repellants, resins, latex binders. He wrote 2 TAPPI monograph chapters on starch insolubilizers for paper coatings.
Years: 1979 to 1987 Employer: OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. Title: Sr. Chemist Department: R&D Responsibilities: He worked in the analytical lab reverse-engineering competitive products, then transferred to Paper chemicals to develop paper coating additives.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: France Summary: He consulted for Clariant in France with development of new business and products for the Business Unit Glyoxal. He speaks enough French to get around over there.
Years: 1995 to 1998 Country / Region: France Summary: He was part of a joint research team with Hoechst/Clariant and Sequa Chemicals. Research was focused on mutually beneficial technology involving non-formaldehyde resins.
Years: 2009 to Present Country / Region: Egypt Summary: He is introducing new technology for a manufacturer of a non-woven mat incorporating renewable resources into the binder system. This will result in a better more efficient binder and lower raw material costs.
Years: 2012 to Present Country / Region: Pakistan Summary: I help the client expand his product line into rosin size for paper chemicals, and analyzed several silicone anti-foams and told him how to make them. We still work together off and on as needed.
Years: 1915 to Present Country / Region: India Summary: We are discussing a project for producing a wax emulsion for use as a water repellent.I am working with another client on a textile print paste thickener.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society, Chemical Consultant's Network, SOCMA Chemical Consultants
Professional Appointments
Former Member; Industrial Advisory Board, Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
Awards / Recognition
Received Gencorp Technology Award
Nominated for Omnova Technology Award
Medical / Professional
We have developed and are getting registered and commercialized a light-activated antimicrobial technology that has shown to be effective in informed volunteers against respiratory infections such as cold, flu and bacterial infections causing lung congestion in COPD patients where antibiotics were no longer effective.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 27 US patents as of Feb 2007. He has written 2 TAPPI Monograph chapters, and has 6 publications, 3 of which were presented at international technical conferences.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He served as an expert witness in patent litigation involving emulsion polymers in latex paint formulations. His argument proved convincing enough for the suit to be dropped.
Training / Seminars
He served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the U. of South Carolina Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and helped design an Industrial Chemistry course. He has since been a guest lecturer in that course 4 times speaking on "Thermosetting Resins & Emulsion Polymerization". He also lectured several times on "Emulsion Polymerization" in a polymer chemistry course at The SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics.
Vendor Selection
He has approved raw materials as satisfactory for industrial purposes, and also found vendors of certain raw materials.
Marketing Experience
His area of strength is R&D, but he has sought out partners with complimentary skills in sales & marketing in order to bring a more effective, synergystic presence to the market than either partner could otherwise bring.
Other Relevant Experience
As of Feb 2007 he has 27 issued US patents, wrote 2 TAPPI monograph chapters on paper coating additives, and has delivered several technical presentations on his research at international conferences.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He taught himself some basic French and can get around Paris, converse with store /hotel clerks, and order from the menu for his group
German He studied German 3 semesters in college and can read and speak some.
Russian He can read some Russian with the aid of his dictionary.
Spanish He is trying to learn a little Spanish

Fields of Expertise

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