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Expert in Economics of Polypropylene, Polyolefins, and Catalysts

Expert ID: 107691 Illinois, USA

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Expert has over 20 years of experience with a leading petrochemical company (Amoco) that includes participation on design teams for four polypropylene projects, two manufacturing plants for Ziegler-Natta supported catalyst, and a polystyrene project. He is co-designer of the original Amoco gas-phase polypropylene plant.

Expert's skills in mathematical modeling and computer programming have been used to develop theoretical and empirical models for both polymer solutions and for the Ziegler-Natta catalyzed polymerization of propylene to manufacture PP commercially. One key to the success of this model has been the quantitative description of the powder flow patterns through a horizontal stirred gas-powder reactor. Another key has the calculation of solvent and slurry viscosity in liquid-based polyreactors.

Expert has been a part of the team offering the new polypropylene (PP) technology for licensing in the international arena. This entailed making presentations of the technical information in numerous places such as Japan, China, Mexico, and the U.S.

Much of Expert's time has been devoted to economic studies of polyolefin projects (virgin and recycle polymer and catalyst) and a detailed comparison of capital investment and manufacturing costs between the leading industrial competitors. He has completed several scoping evaluations (for SPO '93 and Metcon '94 to '97) of the metallocene catalyst systems for polyolefins.

Expert's research has included theoretical studies and laboratory measurements of the transport (rate) processes in polymers and polymer solutions. His research also includes studies of the thermodynamic equilibrium between polymers and solvents. Recently, the Design Institute for Physical Property Data (DIPPR) of AIChE completed a Polymer Solution Handbook under the guidance of a committee headed by Expert.

While much of his career has focused on the design and economics of polymer processes, Expert has recently broadened his work to include the use of new, single-site catalysis to make unique polyolefins. As a result of this interest, Expert was invited to speak at the Schotland SPO '93 and the Catalyst Consultants Metcon '94 to '97 conferences.

Expert has evaluated the design and economic challenges of recovering plastic from automobile shredder residue and from shredded refrigerator "whitegoods."

Expert is a chemical engineer and has served petrochemical companies since 1995. His special focus is polyolefin process design and economics, recently in the field of metallocene catalysis, with many publications in these areas. A registered professional engineer, he was codesigner of the first Amoco gas-phase manufacturing process for homopolymer PP resin, and was part of the design team for a new gas-phase ethylene-propylene copolymer plant in Texas. He has served as a member of the team assembled to promote and license this new PP technology. He has taught the capstone senior design course at The Ohio State University, and much earlier, taught for five years at the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 30 years of industrial experience. He also works in the Process Evaluation Section of the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Lab, where he has a major responsibility in computer process simulation.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1966 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: M.I.T.
Year: 1960 Degree: B.Ch.E. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Cornell University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Undisclosed Department: Process Evaluation Responsibilities: Expert performs process simulation and economics using such software as Aspen Plus.
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He is president and provides technical designs and economics in polyolefins and catalysts.
Years: 1971 to 1992 Employer: Amoco Chemical Company Title: Undisclosed Department: Polymer Process Design & Economics Responsibilities: Expert provided commercial scale polymer manufacturing process design and economics.
Years: 1966 to 1971 Employer: University of Texas at Austin Title: Undisclosed Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: He taught a range of typical undergrad and graduate courses in chemical engineering.
Years: 1963 to 1966 Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Title: Undisclosed Department: Course X, Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: He did research and wrote a thesis on microwave plasma chemical reactions.
Years: 1960 to 1963 Employer: 3M Company Title: Undisclosed Department: Central Research Responsibilities: He did process development for several processes, a few of which were commercialized.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1993 to Present Country / Region: China, Korea, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and India Summary: Expert continues to travel repeatedly to the listed countries to personally (or with one of the three Oakwood principals) provide technical consulting in areas of his company's expertise.
Years: 1984 to 1992 Country / Region: Japan, China, Mexico, Belgium, and France Summary: He was part of an Amoco team licensing polypropylene technology worldwide. In this capacity, he traveled to Japan, China, and Mexico. In addition, he conducted business in Belgium and France.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Country / Region: China Summary: Expert represented the Illinois EPA for evaluation of clean production for Sinopec industrial sites.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of AIChE, ACS, and SPE. He holds an Emeritus Membership in the AIChE Design Institute for Physical Property Data (DIPPR).
Licenses / Certifications
He has been a Registered Professional Engineer (Texas)for many years.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1999. He has received a Special Quality Award (Amoco) for the design of a new PP plant, an Amoco Award for a patent in process control, an award from the Illinois Association of School Boards for service, and an award for best articles from the Instrument Society of America.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 36 publications, has three patents, and was editor of a DIPPR manual on polymer solution chemistry (details by request).

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has some experience providing technical liability advice to attorneys.
Training / Seminars
He has presented more than a dozen seminars at technical meetings.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of polypropylene.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert reads French.
German He reads German.

Fields of Expertise

polypropylene, Ziegler-Natta catalyst, Ziegler polymerization, polypropylene technology transfer, polyolefin manufacturing technology management, polymer property, metallocene-catalyzed polymerization, olefin polymerization, polymer recycling, chemical manufacturing facility evaluation, copyright infringement, chemical process design, chemical industry, polystyrene manufacturing, chemical engineering thermodynamics, chemical plant operation, aluminum alkyl, amorphous polypropylene, plastic manufacturing, polypropylene recycling, polymerization reactor control, polymerization reactor, chemical reaction engineering, chemical plant start-up, plastic solvent, plastics industry, metallocene, polyolefin technology transfer, polyolefin manufacturing, polypropylene polymerization, isotactic polypropylene, linear polypropylene, polypropylene manufacturing, polypropylene plant technology, computer software technology innovation, chemical plant layout, economics, chemical reactor engineering, chemical reactor model, chemical plant, process design, chemical reactor application, chemical reaction, chemical reactor design, plastic material, chemical plant design, international licensing, chemical reaction mechanism, chemical process, software engineering, chemical reactor control modeling, polystyrene, polyolefin resin, polymer, polymerization kinetics, polymerization, polyethylene, mass transport, fluid-solid mass transfer operation, fluid-bed processor, mass transfer, continuous reactor, computer software, chemical reactor scale-up, chemical reactor, catalytic reactor, batch reactor

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