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Expert in Materials & Surface Science, Corrosion, Surface Treatments, Adhesive Bonding, Electrochemistry

Expert ID: 725148 Maryland, USA

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Expert over 30 years of experience in basic and applied research and development involving surfaces and interfaces related to adhesion and corrosion. Particular areas of interest include surface treatments, especially those improving the durability or corrosion resistance of materials, and monitoring of material degradation.

He was one of the pioneers in using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and other surface analytical techniques to understand the degradation of adhesive bonds and to develop processes to improve durability. Later, he invented a series of coating health monitors that allow electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to be performed under ambient conditions instead of the hitherto required immersion conditions. These sensors detect corrosion of painted structures and moisture intrusion and degradation of polymeric materials during accelerated tests and field service. He has also helped develop a series of portable electrochemical cells that can be used in the field on large structures. One specific use of these cells is to detect sensitization of 5XXX aluminum alloys on Navy ships.

In addition, he has used his background in surface analysis, electrochemistry, and materials science for process development and failure analysis of manufactured components and processes that enabled improvements in reliability and yield, realization of cost savings, and resumption of production.

Expert has been the Program Manager or Principal Investigator of over $10 million dollars of government and external industrial contracts, including several successful Phase II SBIR programs resulting in patented technology and licenses.

He has given over 40 invited presentations at several national and interna­tional con­ferences and short courses and has co-authored over 185 publi­cations, including thirteen book chapters and two (edited) proceedings volumes. He has five patents.

He has served as an officer of several professional organizations, including President of the Adhesion Society, and has served on the editorial boards of three major journals.

Expert has received several awards in recognition of his research involving the formation and degradation of interfaces relevant to adhesion, corrosion, and electronic devices. His most notable awards include the Jerome Kruger Award from NACE, the William Blum Award from The Electrochemical Society, the Distinguished Young Scientist of the Maryland Academy of Sciences, the Robert L. Patrick Fellow of the Adhesion Society, Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, Fellow of ASM International, and Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. He is also listed in numerous biographical Who's Who.

He provided adhesion expertise for a patent infringement law suit.He provided adhesion, corrosion, and surface analysis expertise to a manufacturer who was experiencing short product lifetime.He provided adhesion expertise for a manufacturer to adhere long-lasting identification tags to structures.He provided legal-case corrosion expertise to the owner of a private jet that was in a hanger fire.He identified causes of premature HVAC duct corrosion in certain environments

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Camden, New Jersey - Vineland, New Jersey - Wilmington, Delaware - Alexandria, Virginia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Materials Science Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Year: 1979 Degree: M.S. Subject: Materials Science Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Year: 1975 Degree: M.S. Subject: Physics Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Year: 1974 Degree: B.S. Subject: Physics Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1995 to 2008 Employer: DACCO SCI, INC. Title: Principal Scientist Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for all contract research and development at small business.
Years: 1993 to 1995 Employer: Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) Laboratories Title: Technical Manager Department: Center for Cost Avoidance Responsibilities: He managed the group responsible for surface and material analysis for both basic and applied research and development and corporate failure analysis.
Years: 1988 to 1993 Employer: Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) Laboratories Title: Staff Scientist and Group Leader Department: Surface Sciences Department Responsibilities: He managed the group responsible for surface analysis for both basic and applied research and development and corporate failure analysis.
Years: 1985 to 1988 Employer: Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) Laboratories Title: Senior Scientist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1980 to 1985 Employer: Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) Laboratories Title: Scientist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Scientist and Co-founder Department: Responsibilities: He is the responsible for the scientific research and development of the small business.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Adhesion Society (Treasurer, Vice-President, President), American Society for Testing and Materials (2nd Vice-Chair E-42 Committee on Surface Analysis), American Vacuum Society (AVS, Chair, Applied Surface Science Division), ASM International, Electrochemical Society (Chair, National Capital Section), International Standards Organization (ISO) -- Tech. Comm. 201 on Surface Chemical Analysis, Maryland Academy of Sciences, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Society for Adhesion and Adhesives, Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing,
Professional Appointments
Advisory Board, Surface and Interface Analysis, 1987-96;
Associate Editor, Surface Science Spectra, 1991-2001;
Editorial Board, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 1993-2005
Chairman, Surface Considerations Section, ASM Int’l Engineered Materials Handbook, Vol. 3: Adhesives and Sealants.

Steering Committee, 1990, 92, 94, 96, 98, 2000, 02 Int'l. Conf. on Adhesion and Surface Analysis;
Organizing Committee, 4th, 5th, 6th Topical Conf. on Quantitative Surface Analysis;
International Organizing Committee, 1st, 2nd World Congress on Adhesion and Related Phenomena.
Maryland Academy of Sciences (1987-92) Scientific Council.

Awards / Recognition
Fellow of NACE international 2011, Jerome Kruger Award for Corrosion Science, NACE, 2009
Rocket Award (Team Award), Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, 2009
Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, 2004.
Fellow of ASM International, 2002.
Gwendolyn B. Wood Section Excellence Award (Team Award), Electrochemical Society, 2001, 2002, 2003.
William Blum Award, Electrochemical Society, 1998.
Fellow of the Society, American Vacuum Society, 1996.
Robert L. Patrick Fellow, The Adhesion Society, 1996.
Technology Innovation Award, NASA, 1996.
Special Research Task Award (Team Award), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 1992.
Publication Award, Martin Marietta Astronautics, 1992.
Citizen Citation, City of Baltimore, 1987.
Governor's Citation, State of Maryland, 1987.
Distinguished Young Scientist Award, Maryland Academy of Sciences, 1986.
Outstanding Achievement Award, Martin Marietta Corporate R&D 1984.
Sigma Xi (1979-93).
Who’s Who in America.
Who’s Who in the World.
Who's Who in Technology Today.
Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology.
Who's Who in the East.
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
Who's Who of American Men and Women of Science.
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering .
2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century.
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 185 publications and five patents with two patents pending.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Prepare expert witness reports and give depositions for patent infringement cases and other law suits.
Training / Seminars
Instructor, teaching various areas in the field:

Industrial Instrumental Analysis,
Fundamentals of Adhesion: Theory, Practice, and Applications,
Surface Modifications to Improve Adhesion and Control Corrosion,
Science and Technology of Adhesives,
Adhesive Bonding and Corrosion: Basic Principles and Applications to Aging Aircraft.
Other Relevant Experience
Government proposal writing

Fields of Expertise

acidic corrosion, adhesion, adhesion science, adhesion theory, adhesive application, adhesive application process, adhesive formulation, adhesive fracture, adhesive manufacturing, adhesive material, adhesive primer, adhesive testing, aircraft corrosion, alkali corrosion, aluminum forming analysis, aluminum wire bonding, chemical property, chemical reaction, chemical sequestration, chemical-resistant coating material, colloid, colloid and interface chemistry, colloid technology, colloiding, corrosion, corrosion chemistry, corrosion control, corrosion cost, corrosion fatigue, corrosion measurement, corrosion monitoring, corrosion prevention, corrosion protection, corrosion resistance, corrosion test equipment, corrosion test facility, corrosion testing, corrosion-control chemical compound, corrosion-related fluid handling equipment failure, corrosion-resistant alloy, corrosion-resistant castings, corrosion-resistant material, corrosion-resistant metal, corrosive chemical compound, degradation, electrical connector corrosion, electrocatalysis, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, electrochemical process material, electrochemical sensor, electrochemical system, electrochemical thermodynamics, electrochemical waste treatment, electrochemistry, material manufacturing, metal abrasion, metal adhesion, metal adhesive, metal alloy, metal artificial aging, metal bonding, metal chemical analysis, metal corrosion, metal failure, metal failure analysis, metal forming analysis, metal material, metal mechanical property, metal testing, nonaqueous electrochemistry, nonferrous metal failure analysis, organoelectrochemistry, solution corrosion, steel failure analysis, stress corrosion, surface chemistry, surface coating corrosion, surfactant chemistry, aluminum corrosion resistance, contact adhesive, corrosion rate, embrittlement, photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, coating adhesion, coating inspection, corrosion science, moisture degradation, corrosion cost, corrosion-resistant metal, corrosion-resistant material, aircraft corrosion, metal adhesive, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, chemical-resistant coating material, corrosion chemistry, corrosion-resistant alloy, adhesive application, aqueous corrosion, corrosion measurement, degradation, adsorption, metal failure, electrochemical sensor, metal failure analysis, marine corrosion, electrochemistry, atmospheric corrosion

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