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Expert in Fuel Additives, Chemical Process Development, Tech Evaluation and Due Diligence, Recycling of plastics and waste, Circular Economy

Expert ID: 735202 Canada

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Expert is a chemical process engineer with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, backed by 7 years of R&D and process engineering engagements for NOVA Chemicals, British Petroleum, Lummus (CB&I) and fuel-additive and reactor design firms. He has developed his experience through a number of involvements in fuel additives, biofuels and petrochemicals. refinery process design, modeling and simulation and FEED engineering. Participation in industrial and academic collaborations has presented opportunities to work with a variety of projects in energy, fuel and additives, oil and gas and petrochemicals.

Over the years, he has become recognized as experts in engineering, techno-economic assessment and operational due-diligence, in the following areas:

• Fuel Quality, petroleum chemistry and Fuel additives: Expert has been involved in production and product development of fuel characteristics that offer notable opportunity to increase of fuel efficiency and reduction such as sulphur and detergency in gasoline and lubricity and cetane in diesel. Through laboratory research and computer-based simulations, I have successfully developed IP for novel fuel-additive formulations to achieve performance goals, quality assurance and compliance to federal fuels and renewable fuel regulations.
He has designed and delivered fuel additive systems for fuel efficiency and emissions reduction in diesel and gasoline. These additives achieved 5-10% improvements consistently on fuel efficiency and 20% in emissions, soot formation and PM beating the industry state-of-the-art is 3% (Shell, Technron). The additives he developed were certified and registered with EPA. Expert also amalgamated analytics, market research and technology to devise innovative sales and marketing strategies for the fuel-additive product in Alberta, Manitoba and Mexico.

• Circular Economy and Recycling of Plastics: I am currently leading projects on full chemical recycling of mixed waste plastics to fuel, energy and monomer for clients in chemicals and olefins and renewable energy projects. My activities involve techno-economic evaluations of approaches in gasification and pyrolysis with a strong focus on pragmatic and commercially viable outcomes. I have screened more than 60 plastics to fuel technology providers worldwide for a client to settle on 7 promising candidate technologies. In conducting this work, I have investigated technologies such as flash pyrolysis, microwave heating, plasma reactors and novel pathways and byproducts.

• Renewable Energy Projects: Expert has a strong background in production process technology, commercial implementation and cost economics for syn gas to chemicals, and fuel projects having designed and simulated 10-million-gallon capacity refineries producing ASTM standard fuel. These design reports and process economics have featured in internationally reputed peer reviewed journals. Expert is proficient in process and pilot plant design engineering (process and experimental design evaluation and optimization) and developing PFD’s and P&ID diagrams and running process simulations in engineering packages such as gPROMS, Aspen Hysys and Aspen Plus. Expert has also provided services in natural gas valorization and syn gas to chemicals (FTO processes).

• Olefins and Hydrocarbons: Expert has been involved in process engineering projects in oxidative coupling of methane (OCM), oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) and mixed plastics recycling to the monomers. Through laboratory research and course work I am familiar with reaction engineering, polymerization chemistry and measurement of physical and chemical properties of plastic product. His background in chemical process design is directly applicable to areas related to reactor and plant design.

• Independent Process/Technology Review, Due Diligence and Investment Analysis: Expert has worked on numerous due-diligence and technology review projects for clients in Europe and N America employing industry leading practices to analyze complex investment structures and operating environments to deliver technical assessment and due diligence services in process design evaluation, cost forecasting, investment appraisal and risk analysis. He is fluent in reviewing process taking safety, environmental and economic aspects into account, instituting scale-up and scale-down, optimizing production by analyzing processes and doing waste reduction and emission cuts and cost calculations.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2016 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Waterloo
Year: 2012 Degree: Master's Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: IIT Kharagpur
Year: 2011 Degree: Bachelor's Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: IIT Kharagpur

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Process Engineer Department: Petrochemicals Responsibilities: ➢ Involved in a range of engineering design, feasibility studies and development projects relating to renewable
energy technologies in the petrochemicals and natural gas sector. Activities include analyses and experimental
studies assessing the feasibility of different chemical processes and components to support scale-up to larger
demonstrations and eventual commercialization.
➢ Key projects include R&D, process simulation and techno-economic evaluation of steam reforming, gas separations,
hydrocarbon processing and pyrolysis/gasification. Plant and polymer product properties and reactions support.
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Modeling Specialist Department: Reactor Design and Process Modeling Responsibilities: ➢ Developing proprietary reactor modules (software) for modelling wide range of industrial reactors and reactions.
➢ Consulting on existing/upcoming reactor systems, certification/quick check of third party design, experimental
validation of recommended design, debottlenecking/retrofit/revamp and emergency response.
Years: 2016 to 2018 Employer: FCS Fuels Improvers Inc. Title: Research and Product Development Engineer Department: Responsibilities: ➢ Designed and delivered fuel additive systems for fuel efficiency and emissions reduction in diesel and gasoline.
➢ Achieved 5-10% improvements consistently on fuel efficiency and 20% in emissions, soot formation and PM
beating the industry state-of-the-art is 3% (Shell, Technron). Fuel additives certified and registered with EPA.
➢ Amalgamated analytics, market research and technology to devise innovative sales and marketing strategies
for the fuel-additive product in Alberta, Manitoba and Mexico.
Years: 2013 to 2016 Employer: Lummus, CB&I Title: Process Modeling Consultant Department: Responsibilities: ➢Designed a green, hybrid process configuration for hydrogenating benzene for precursor use in manufacturing
nylon by carrying out process model simulations in gPROMS that was validated against pilot plant data.
➢ Proposed process was significantly cost effective (60% lower capital cost), energy efficient (200% lower
cooling cost), more productive (30% better hydrogen uptake) and safer (operated at 3-4 times lesser pressure).

Career Accomplishments

Publications and Patents Summary
A Kinetic model for a Single Step Biodiesel Production from a High Free Fatty Acid (FFA) Biodiesel Feedstock over a Solid Heteropolyacid Catalyst

A new green process for biodiesel production from waste oils via catalytic distillation using a solid acid catalyst–Modeling, economic and environmental analysis

Production of isooctane from isobutene: energy integration and carbon dioxide abatement via catalytic distillation

Transesterification of triglyceride to fatty acid alkyl esters (biodiesel): comparison of utility requirements and capital costs between reaction separation and catalytic …

Biodegradable nanocomposites of cellulose acetate phthalate and chitosan reinforced with functionalized nanoclay: mechanical, thermal, and biodegradability studies

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Currently serving as an expert witness in a lawsuit involving two marine-fuel additive companies.

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