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Expert in Medical Polymer Sterilization

Expert ID: 721133 North Carolina, USA

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MEDICAL POLYMER SELECTION; MEDICAL POLYMER STERILIZATION. With knowledge of material selection for medical devices, Expert has specific expertise in selecting materials based on cost, physical properties, radiation or other forms of sterilization, blood and tissue compatibility, permeability, and aging properties.

SURFACE CHEMISTRY; SURFACE MODIFICATION. Expert has extensive experience in surface chemistry and the physics of polymers with a special emphasis on biocompatible coatings, lubricants, low- or high-permeability materials, and methods of surface analysis. He is familiar with ionizing plasma technology, radiation grafting, corona, and polymer coating technology. He can answer questions on blood and tissue compatibility as well as low-permeation plasma deposited coatings, such as silicone dioxide.

GAMMA-RAY STERILIZATION; E-BEAM STERILIZATION; GAMMA-STABLE PLASTIC. Expert has expertise in gamma and e-beam sterilization of medical polymers with a special emphasis on material selection and sterilization of plastics. He has developed methods of stabilizing certain materials to high-energy radiation.

PERMEABLE POLYMER; PERMEABLE PACKAGING MATERIAL; OXYGEN-PERMEABLE POLYMER. Expert has expert knowledge of permeability and diffusion of gases and liquids through polymeric materials. He has worked with methods of increasing or decreasing the rate of permeation through membranes, coatings, and packaging materials.

POLYPROPYLENE MANUFACTURING; POLYPROPYLENE MODIFICATION; POLYPROPYLENE POLYMERIZATION. Expert's polypropylene expertise includes manufacturing, modification, polymerization, material selection, methods of stabilization (including high-energy irradiation, methods of improving clarity, and prevention of toxicity) in medical and related applications.

THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER; MEDICAL ELASTOMER. An expert in thermoplastic elastomer technology, Expert has worked with the selection and modification of elastomers for medical use in various tubing and sealing applications. His expertise in this area has led to major cost reductions by replacing thermoset rubbers with new thermoplastic elastomer technology.

METALLOCENE POLYMER TECHNOLOGY. Expert is knowledgeable of the special catalysts for making new and existing polymers better and more cost effective. He has worked with the major polymer producers on identifying product opportunities and specific applications of metallocene polymer technology.

SILICONE; SILICONE-FREE LUBRICANT. Expert has in-depth knowledge of non-toxic silicone and related lubricants for medical devices and needle technology. He has advanced knowledge of silicone-free lubricant technology and methods of application.

INJECTION MOLDING. Familiar with injection molding technology, Expert understands how to improve productivity of thermoplastic polymers in terms of low-cost molding cycles and improved product quality.


Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina - Durham, North Carolina - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Fayetteville, North Carolina - Cary, North Carolina - High Point, North Carolina - Greenville, North Carolina - Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD Subject: Fiber and Polymer Science Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1967 Degree: MS Subject: Textile Chemistry Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1964 Degree: BS Subject: Textile Chemistry Institution: North Carolina State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Becton Dickinson Co. Title: Fellow Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1974 to 1990 Employer: Becton Dickinson Co. Title: Director, Materials Research Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1962 to 1974 Employer: Research Triangle Institute Title: Senior Chemist, Camille Dreyfus Laboratory Department: Responsibilities:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Summary: He has been responsible for the worldwide interaction with the polymer industry and polymer-related business.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Plastics and Engineering.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was named a Becton Dickinson Fellow in Polymer Technology, the highest worldwide company honor.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author of over 50 patents and over 130 scientific publications on polymers and related technologies.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert eliminated a costly lawsuit on behalf of a polymer supplier in a case where a customer blamed the failure of a product on resin.

Training / Seminars
Expert has been involved in teaching polymer science at North Carolina State University for 27 years. He also teaches biopolymer technology at Duke University.
Marketing Experience
Working with focus groups to obtain input, Expert has assisted in identifying attributes of new materials, matching them with market needs and new products.
Expert has developed and marketed a high-clarity centrifuge tube that eliminated the need to transfer tube contents to a clear tube. The market share of this product doubled in six months. Expert's efforts on this project moved market share from 16% to 70%.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German
French

Fields of Expertise

gamma-ray sterilization, gamma-stable plastic material, irradiation sterilization, medical elastomer, medical lubricant, medical polymer selection, medical polymer sterilization, oxygen-permeable copolymer, oxygen-permeable polymer, permeable polymer, polypropylene, polypropylene manufacturing, polypropylene modification, polypropylene polymerization, silicone polymer, sterilizable plastic material, surface chemistry, surface modification, silicone, polymer moisture property, gamma radiation effect on plastic, polymer biocompatibility, resin chemistry, in vivo biodegradable polymer, polymer implantable device, drug release polymer, polymer aging, polymer physics, medical surfactant, plastic service-life prediction, medical coating material, medical pressure-sensitive adhesive, oxygen diffusion, medical fabric, medical composite, medical tubing extrusion, Surlyn, autoclavable plastic material selection, plastic medical device, melt flow, oxygen compatibility, medical Teflon, blood wetting, silicone lubrication, medical film, medical-grade polyurethane, medical package, silicone lubricant aging, polymer technology, electrically active polymer composite, medical catheter resin manufacturing, oxygen measurement, radiation-curable polymer, medical adhesive tape, reinforced plastic, medical device manufacturing, plastic material, medical tubing, fluid permeability, biodegradable plastic film, polymer modification, sterilization engineering, biodegradable plastic, sterilization, biopolymer, gamma radiation, medical adhesive, surface analysis, silicone lubricant, radiation tolerance, radiation chemistry, polymer, polymer modification chemistry, oxygen chemistry, medical textile, medical polymer, injection molding, biocompatible polymer, biocompatible material

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