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Expert in Fluorine and Silicon Organic Chemical Process Engineering Applications at the Lab and Plant Scale

Expert ID: 722072 Michigan, USA

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Expert's 20 years of experience in the Process Engineering Department of Dow Corning Corporation was directed at process technology development and implementation. The development effort encompassed the process idea through thermodynamic studies and lab kinetic studies to get basic reactor design criteria and later conducting pilot scale-up runs, when necessary. The implementation effort covered safely running the new production-scale process to prove its design capability, and later turning the resulting successful process over to the production staff. Both batch and continuous processes were implemented for highly exothermic processes. A few of the processes were implemented at sites outside of the U.S.

His career activities have focused on using his fundamental organic chemistry knowledge toward R&D into applied organic chemistry and chemical reaction engineering. The Dow Corning Corporation process targets were mainly organosilicon intermediates, also known as silanes. In that capacity, much of his process development activity was directed at silane chemistry applications, largely in the form of addition reaction catalysis, using primarily heterogeneous catalysts. Expert also studied other organometallic processes and those involving handling reactive alkali metals and alkaline earth metals where he acquired much scale-up experience.

In addition to organosilicon processes, Expert’s experience also encompasses processes to produce certain alkyl halides as building blocks for producing the desired organofluorine olefin compounds. The latter are useful as reactants with certain silanes to produce important fluorosilicone fuel-resistant materials. As such, his studies have covered various free radical processes to produce organochlorine compounds and, subsequently, various thermal and fluidized bed, vapor-phase fluorination processes using anhydrous HF to produce the organofluorine compounds.

His studies covered the breadth of processes involving organochlorine chemistry through chlorofluorocarbon chemistry to organofluorine chemistry. Expert acquired much experiential knowledge of various analytical techniques to characterize these halogenated materials, with and without silicon present, and later that knowledge aided his process problem-solving capabilities to tackle process problems that occasionally arose in R&D or in plant production-scale operations.

Expert has lead and personally conducted a variety of process development projects from lab-scale to plant-scale in U.S. and non-U.S. sites. He has safely dealt with difficult separations and particularly hazardous materials. Dow Corning promoted him to Engineering Scientist status (one of eight) to recognize his mentoring and leadership of people and projects.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Troy, Michigan - Southfield, Michigan

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: Ohio State University
Year: 1966 Degree: M.S. Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: Ohio State University
Year: 1963 Degree: B.S. Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: Case Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities:
Years: 1963 to 2001 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineering Scientist Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert held various organofluorine and organosilicon product R&D positions in his nearly 40 years with Dow. His last 20 years were spent in process R&D developing and scaling up new global processes.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1990 to 1991 Country / Region: Chiba, Japan Summary: He assessed silane intermediate processes and recommended how to proceed into the future for global supply growth.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert wrote two book chapters in a publication on Chemical Technology on organofluorine and on organosilicon compounds. He holds six chemical process patents and has written eight technical publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert was an expert witness on a patent infringement case in federal court which was won.
Training / Seminars
He provides chemistry training for non-chemists.
Vendor Selection
Expert is adept at assisting with the selection and qualification of multi-million dollar raw materials suppliers.
Marketing Experience
He helps teams of marketing and business groups to select which intermediates to sell and which ones to use exclusively internally.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert was a lead recruiter at Ohio State University. He also recruited technical candidates from Syracuse University, Cornell, and RPI.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert can read German.
Russian He can read Russian.

Fields of Expertise

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