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Expert in Chemistry, Polymers, Plastics, Adhesives, and Materials

Expert ID: 735695 South Carolina, USA

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Award winning, Cornell Expert chemist with 30+ years of experience in the chemical industry and 9 personal US patents plus over 25 additional patents granted to his group. Expert has led research and development initiatives around the world. He has a strong background in intellectual property and has served as an expert witness and as a fact witness for cases involving plastics, adhesives, and intellectual property. He served as scientist, global director of research, and as CTO for multi-billion dollar chemical companies including Rohm and Haas, Arkema, and Bostik, specializing in chemicals, plastics, polymers, materials, and adhesives.

Expert was the technical lead working with attorneys to secure dozens of patents and to reach favorable resolutions in multi-million dollar litigations. He also has experience in scale-up, manufacturing, and marketing. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Adhesives and Sealants Council and served as judge for the 2019 ASC Innovation Awards and for the 2020 World Adhesive Council Innovation Awards.

Expert has led programs for the development and commercialization of numerous new products with cumulative sales exceeding two-billion dollars. These products are used today in automotive, aerospace, medical, construction, packaging, display, and optical applications.

Expert is an expert in research leadership and management, new business development, business and commercialization strategy, litigation research, and innovations in chemistry focusing on polymers, plastics, materials, and adhesives. After graduating in 3 years Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, Expert earned his Expert from Cornell University with the Tunis Wentink graduate student of the year award and received the distinguished Rohm and Haas Fellowship. Expert also has a certificate in technology management from Cal Tech.

Expert currently works as president for a firm providing consulting and expert witness services in polymers, plastics, materials, and adhesives. He has extensive experience in acrylics, PMMA, polycarbonate, polyester, polyurethane, composites, aerosols, thermoplastics, polymer degradation, product liability, and product failure.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Hilton Head Island, SC - Savannah, GA - Charleston, SC

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1985 Degree: Ph D Subject: Chemistry Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1983 Degree: MS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1980 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Scranton

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Expert / Consulting Responsibilities: Founder and lead scientific expert, providing insights to clients in polymers, plastics, adhesives, and materials related to intellectual property, infringement, product failure, and material degradation.
Years: 2016 to 2018 Employer: Bostik Title: Chief Technology Officer and Global Director of Research Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Led the Bostik Adhesives R&D group in Wauwatosa, WI and the global Bostik Industrial Adhesives research group. I oversaw all research activities, project portfolios, project management systems, and served on the executive team. I was on the board of directors for the Adhesives and Sealants Council.
Years: 1985 to 2016 Employer: Arkema Title: Global Director of Research Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: After starting as a scientist in the group working on individual polymers, plastics, and materials projects, I grew my responsibilities to include oversight of the project portfolio and intellectual property management for the global business including R&D sites in America, Europe, and Asia.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2006 to 2018 Country / Region: Global Summary: From 2006 to 2018 I was the Global Director of Research for Plastics and Adhesive companies with laboratories and employees in the US, France, China, Korea, and other countries.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Certificate of Technology Management from Cal Tech (approx 2008)
Adhesive and Sealant Council Board of Directors (2016-2018)
American Chemical Society (member)
Society of Plastics Engineers (member)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 4 peer-reviewed publications, 9 US patents, and multiple non-reviewed publications in his name. The team under his supervision has an additional 25+ patents and numerous publications and presentations.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert was deposed in 2019 as an Expert Witness for the patent owner in the inter partes review of U.S. Patent.

He is currently working as an Expert Witness in a product liability case involving improper workplace exposure to hazards from contaminated plastic pellets.
Training / Seminars
Expert has participated in numerous training sessions including receiving a Certificate of Technology Management from Cal Tech and participation in the SEAK training, "How to excel in your expert deposition".

He has delivered many seminars and training sessions to employees of Arkema and Bostik in the fields of chemistry, polymers, recruiting, project management, portfolio management, chemical safety, and related topics.
Marketing Experience
Worked in Marketing for 2 years for a large international chemical company. During that period, he identified a new market opportunity for the business, defined the technical solution, the marketing plan, the new trademark, and launched the product. The product was highly successful and is now a profitable multi-million dollar product line for the company.
Other Relevant Experience
Served as the Manufacturing Director for two years. During this period he was responsible for the manufacturing operations, safety, quality, and budgets for four manufacturing facilities in the Americas. These plants employed >300 people to produce several hundred million pounds of plastic annually.

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