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Expert in Coal Combustion, Fossil Fuel Combustion, Biomass Combustion, Pollution Control, Renewable Energy

Expert ID: 722844 Virginia, USA

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Expert has over 30 years experience in the fields of combustion, air & water pollution control, and renewable energy. Within combustion he has particular expertise with coal, fossil fuels, and biomass. He has experience in both industry as well as researching as a professor. Recently he has been consulting on energy efficiency, deposition and heat transfer, use and performance of coal and fossil fuels, use and performance of biomass fuels, air pollution control, water pollution control, and renewable energy systems. He can help prepare proposals, is conscious of budgetary needs and can prepare written reports in on the results. He also has experience with preparing for and meeting the needs of the DOE for proposals and research programs.

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Designed equipment and quantatively measured slagging and fouling at a number of boilers in Australia and the USA.Field tested low NOx systems for furnaces and boilers. These included staged combustion, low NOx burners,reburning, and use of separated air.Collected Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) samples from several mines, determined the mechanism of correct of AMD using Red Mud (alumina waste), developed treatment technique and demonstrated the effectivness of treatment at an abandoned gold mine in New South Wales, Australia.Measured N species profiles in a number of operating coal-fired boilers and used these values in verification trials of CFD models of NOx formation.Analyzed deposits samples using Scanning Electron Microsopy (SEM) using Microprobe Analysis (MPA) to measure the elemental composition. Used these values with phase diagrams to indentify the deposition problem and the effect of several additives to correct the problem.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Wilmington, Delaware - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: Sc.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: MIT
Year: 1973 Degree: S.M. Subject: Chemical Engineeering Institution: MIT
Year: 1966 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Year: 1964 Degree: A.A. Subject: Engineering Institution: Sacramento City College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1988 to 2005 Employer: Energy International Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Obtain contracts and solve problems related to combustion, fuels specifications (coal, oil, biomass, and blends). Consult on air, water, and solid waste pollution.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Virginia Tech Title: Research Professor Department: ME and MME Responsibilities: Prepare proposals perform work, manage budget, schedule, and report.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Employer: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia Title: Professor and Director Department: ChE, Black Coal Research Utilization Responsibilities: Prepare proposals, supervise research work on black coal combustion and pollution control.
Years: 1990 to 1992 Employer: WJ Schafer and Associates Title: Senior Scientist Department: Energy Responsibilities: Prepare proposals, supervise and perform research on combustion and pollution control problems.
Years: 1987 to 1990 Employer: Energy Systems Associates (ESA) Title: Director of R&D Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and polltion control.
Years: 1981 to 1986 Employer: Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (EER) Title: Director Department: Fossil Fuel Responsibilities: Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and pollution control.
Years: 1976 to 1981 Employer: Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore Title: Member of Technical Staff Department: Combustion Responsibilities: Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and polltion control. Review DOE proposals and advise DOE on programs.
Years: 1966 to 1970 Employer: du PontCompany Title: Engineer Department: Engineering Service Division Responsibilities: Develop products and process for nylon, TiO2, Industrial and Biological Chemicals, polyvinyl alcohol

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1976 to 1981 Agency: DOE Role: Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labortories, Livermore Description: Prepare proposals, perform, monitor budgets and schedules, and report research on combustion and pollution control. Review DOE proposals, advcise DOE on research programs.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1996 to 2002 Country / Region: Queensland, Australia Summary: Expert was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Black Coal Utlization Research Unit at the University of Queensland. In this position he proposed and did research on forming a representative bank of Australia coal for research, investigated the effect of blended coals on performance, the cause and relieve of slagging at a coal-fired boiler, measured the individual burning rates of 100 u coal maceral particles, completed measurements of nitrogen species Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and pollution control profile using FTIR in an operating coal boiler for comparison with results from CFD models, Measured the devolatilization, burning rate, and gas composition of sugar cane bagasse, Compared empirical relation to predict NOx from coal N, investigated the mechanism of dioxin formation in an oil shale kiln, investigated the flow patterns in a bagasse-fired furnace, investigated the use of a Integrated Combined Cycle Gasification (ICCG) plant to burn sugar cane bagasse generate electricity
Years: 1993 to 1993 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Reviewed with the US EPA technology for reburning systems to control NOx and use of Municipal Waste Incinerators.
Years: 1978 to 1978 Country / Region: Nothern Europe, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Sweden, UK Summary: Expert reviewed work on coal research for the DOE.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Country / Region: Taiwan Summary: Designed and commissioned a coal evaluation furnace, developed a low NOx burner latered demonstrated to operate below 6 ppm NO and 0 ppm CO in the USA, investigated a low NOx natural Draft burner.
Years: 1978 to 1978 Country / Region: Kent, England Summary: Expert consulted for Blue Circle Cement on Co formation in kilns, and problems feeding and importing coal.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ACS (Fuels Divisions);
ASME (Corrosion and Deposit Committee);
International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF), AFRC
Combustion Institute
Professional Appointments
ASME Corrosion and Committee;
Australian Institute of Energy Fellow, Brisbane chairman
CI Program subcommittee
Awards / Recognition
EPA 1987 Technical Achievemnet Award for work on Flares;
Energy Committee Taiwan Best energy projects: 1991; Coal Evaluation, 1993 Low NOx Burner;
Listed in Who's Who, in Australia, the world and ect., Science and Engineering, and Finance and Industry,
Publications and Patents Summary
Author of 1 book on coal testing methods, 5 patents, over 160 technical publications on combustions and pollution control.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert prepared a brief for a case of severe burns in Australia. The brief helped to settle the suit out of court
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented over 12 training seminars. He has presented seminar on Combustion, slagging and Fouling in Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Taiwan, and the USA.
Vendor Selection
Expert has selected vendors for the construction of boilers, furnaces, and turbines.
Marketing Experience
Expert's marketing experience has been limited to marking research and product development ideas.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German, Spanish, Mandrin Expert can communicate, but is not proficient in many languages of the countries he has worked in.

Fields of Expertise

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