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Expert in Mechanical Properties, Materials Science, Polymer Science, Fracture, Failure Analysis

Expert ID: 729151 United Kingdom

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Expert has worked in this field for 30 years. His PhD concerned discontinuous fibre composite properties and fracture behaviour. He has published extensively in this area. He worked in research, production, product development and management in the chemical industry - chiefly for ICI, and led a Mechanical Properties, Rheology and Tribology team for 12 years. In this time, Expert developed patents in novel mechanical techniques and conducted research in bulk polymers, films and coatings, specialist coatings and paints, structural and pressure sensitive adhesives, lubricants, injection moulding polymers. Expert was secretary to and chaired the IUPAC Subcommittee on 'Structure and Properties of Commercial Plastics' for a number of years. Expert is a member of the ESIS Technical committee for polymer testing.

He has consulted on an issue with a medical device that cracked during it's use. This was found to be due to the mould design which brought about residual stresses. Recommendations were made to refine the design and eradicated the problem.A coatings company needed advice in making fracture toughness measurements. The geometry and measurements were analysed and recommendations for making the measurements made. This resulted in data that could be relied upon. It was independently checked and found to be valid.An adhesives company had problems with the equipment used to coat paper at high speeds. He identified that the lubrication characteristics of the adhesive in the rollers at high pressure made a difference to the lifetime of the roller coating equipment.He carried out a systematic study of glass fibre strengths from leading suppliers. It was shown that the handling and packaging of the glass fibre was critical. Measures were taken to redesign the packaging and this resulted in the fibres being more robust saving £2m.An adhesive issue was identified in TFT computer screens. He identified the critical adhesive and interface and worked with the companies involved (with each) to improve the issue.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1985 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science Institution: University of Surrey
Year: 1982 Degree: BSc Subject: Materials Technology Institution: University of Surrey

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to 2010 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Programme Leader Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He was responsible for a global research innovation initiative concerning coatings and adhesives.
Years: 1992 to 2007 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Associate Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He was responsible for the Polymer Physics area of measurement for ICI. This included the business development, technical innovation and gatekeeping this area of science.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Scientist Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He was responsible for product development, underpinning research and polymer processing for a family of fibre composites.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to 2009 Country / Region: United States Summary: He was involved in adhesion measurements and research programmes.
Years: 1981 to 1981 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Mechanical properties of Beryllium materials.
Years: 1987 to 1987 Country / Region: United States Summary: Project to improve pultrusion processing in thermoplastic matrix polymers.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Country / Region: United States Summary: Techniques developed for high throughput experimentation approaches for mechanical testing

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
Chairman IUPAC Subcommittee 'Structure and Properties of Commercial Plastics'.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 33 published papers and 3 patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Patent and litigation support for ICI businesses - as an internal consultant.
Training / Seminars
Mechanical properties of Polymers seminars run for ICI and AkzoNobel businesses.
Invited speaker to numerous International and National conferences.
Scientific papers presentations at conferences.
Internal project presentations given over 25 years.
Vendor Selection
Worked with fibre suppliers for composite materials.
Purchase capital equipment for scientific measurment and analysis.
Purchase polymer processing equipment.
Procured expert services, consultants and training course.
Funded academic collaboration with many Universities.
Marketing Experience
In the Polymer industry over 25 years there have been many divestments, restructuring and cost reduction exercises. The strategic direction of a major chemical company is always in flux and key professional people have to adapt and become used to change. This has resulted in a robust, but highly adaptable individual. It is important to recognise situations in which change is needed, but to stand up and be counted where core values must be upheld.
Other Relevant Experience
A talent for grooming presentation skills and presentation material. Enthusiasm and Coaching for success.

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