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Expert in Gas Separations Membranes, CO2 Capture, Hydrogen, Industrial Gases, Renewable Energy, Algae

Expert ID: 729646 New York, USA

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Expert is a former Praxair Corporate Fellow with over 60 patents and 30 years of broad industrial experience in developing and commercializing new technologies. He is a recognized technical expert in separations with extensive business development experience. At Praxair he spearheaded major new technology programs in the $2-50MM range, scouted external technologies to drive growth and established over 25 alliances for development and commercialization. He established Praxair’s skill center in ceramic membranes, led programs in IGCC, combustion, oxygen and SOFC afterburner - recruited, mentored and led world-class team of 35 scientists and engineers. He established and managed Praxair’s polymeric membrane process skill center and helped assess and later integrate new acquisition. He was a founding member of the major international alliance involving Praxair and five Fortune-500 companies to develop step-change syngas technology for GTL. He was instrumental in negotiations, roadmap development, program planning, IP strategy development, and implementation.

Expert is currently the president of a company that is developing novel algae to bio-fuel technology with potential for step change efficiency in renewal fuel production. He has broad knowledge of algae technology, reactors, processes and techno-economic hurdles and is the author of proprietary report on algae technology for post combustion CO2 capture. He has consulted with DOE in the areas of CCS, IGCC, Hydrogen/syngas fuels, plant efficiency and CO2 sequestration.

Provided consultation services to Fortune 500 company on sustainability initiative. Independent validation of methodology, assumptions, analysis, and claims w.r.t. emissions reductions using client technology.Provided consultation services to major petrochemical company related to plant efficiency improvement and operator training.Provided consultation services for major international project related to Helium recovery from natural gas.Provided consultation services to client related to cryogenic natural gas upgrading plant. Identified design and process issues and recommended mitigation strategies.Developed proprietary industry reports on following:
(1) Post combustion CO2 capture using polymeric and advanced membranes
(2) Post combustion CO2 capture using Algae technologies
(3) Pre-combustion CO2 capture using polymeric, ceramic and metal membranes
(4) Advanced Oxy-combustion technologies for CO2 capture

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York - Rochester, New York - Niagara Falls, New York - Erie, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: PhD Subject: Combustion - Mechanical/CHemical Engineering Institution: SUNY Buffalo
Year: 1979 Degree: MS Subject: Combustion - Mechanical/CHemical Engineering Institution: SUNY Buffalo
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: IIT Kanpur, India

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1980 to 2008 Employer: Praxair Inc. Title: Corporate Fellow Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: Championed new technology programs, scouted external technologies to drive growth and established alliances for development and commercialization. Conceived and implemented corporate strategy in Nano-technology. Spearheaded major technology programs in the $2-50MM range. Recruited, mentored and developed world-class team of 35 scientists and engineers. Leveraged external technology and obtained over $50MM in external funding.
• Founding member of major Alliance involving Praxair, BP, Amoco, Phillips Petroleum, Statoil and Sasol to develop ceramic membrane syngas technology for GTL. Instrumental in negotiations, roadmap development, program planning, IP strategy development, and implementation.

• Established/led programs for ceramic membrane oxygen technology for IGCC, combustion and SOFC afterburner for step change energy efficiency and CO2 capture
• Identified novel, solid-state oxygen generation technology. Established key relationships, JD program and agreements. Performed product line planning, market analysis and developed staged commercialization strategy.
• Conceived and implemented a coherent corporate strategy in nano-technology. Achieved organizational alignment. Identified several opportunities for partnership, investment and licensing. Directed business analysis, market assessment and technology due diligence.
• Identified a potentially disruptive, high value add, catalytic coating that extends operational life and improves process efficiency of ethylene crackers with business potential >$20MM/yr. Initiated contact, developed relationship and facilitated discussions with partner.
• Identified business opportunity in India for small gasifiers with revenue potential of $15MM. Assessed leading manufacturers, and selected partner for joint development & commercialization. Led negotiations, reached agreement with partner and established JD program
• Established and led polymeric membrane R&D skill center. Helped with assessing and later integrating new acquisition. Recruited and trained personnel, created design tools and defined product economics. Invented process technology underpinning commercial plants and guided product line development. Enabled commercialization with sales exceeding $8MM/yr.

• Developed technology and enabled scale-up of semiconductor grade silicon reactor. Tripled production and increased purity leading to a new division with sales exceeding $10MM/yr.

• Identified specialty ceramics company and supported acquisition.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2011 to 2011 Agency: DOE Role: Chair of Review Panel for Carbon Capture Program Description: Led comprehensive technical and program management review of 16 major projects in DOE's national Carbon Capture Program. Together with AICHE, developed final report.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Agency: DOE Role: Reviewer for Advanced Fuels Program Description: Provided comprehensive technical and program management review of 19 major projects in DOE's national Advanced Fuels Program
Years: 2010 to 2010 Agency: DOE Role: Reviewer for Carbon Sequestration Program Description: Provided comprehensive technical and program management review of 16 major projects in DOE's national Carbon Sequestration Program
Years: 2009 to 2009 Agency: DOE Role: Reviewer for Advanced IGCC Program Description: Provided comprehensive technical and program management review of 16 major projects in DOE's national Advancded IGCC Program

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
P.E.
Professional Appointments
Former Director and Board Member of National Hydrogen Association.
Steering Committee member of Chemical Industry V2020.
Chaired session on new product development at Frost & Sullivan Summit (’05)
Chaired several sessions at national and international conferences.
Awards / Recognition
Recipient of Chairman’s & Corp Fellows awards for Technology Leadership.
Publications and Patents Summary
Inventor of over 60 patents,
Author or Co-author of over 30 papers/publications; Co-author of book on membrane separations.
Presented at over 20 conferences and invited lectures.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Membrane gas separations;
Oxygen production via ion transport membranes;
Advanced process and reactor for silicon production.
Marketing Experience
Broad understanding and contacts in following industries:
Industrial gases;
Industrial coatings and technologies;
Fuel cells;
Helium and Rare gases;
Ceramic and polymeric membranes.
Other Relevant Experience
Technology due diligence;
Technology strategy and roadmapping;
New technology commercialization and business development;
IP strategy & portfolio development.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Hindi He is proficient and has studied Hindi through high school
Malayalam He can speak Malayalam fluently

Fields of Expertise

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