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Expert in Organic Coatings: Comprehensive Knowledge of the Theory and Practice

Expert ID: 107961 Florida, USA

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COATINGS; LIQUID COATINGS; POLYMER COATINGS. Expert has over 40 years of research, development, and teaching experience in coating technology. He was trained as an organic chemist but switched to synthetic polymer chemistry early in his career. While his experience in polymers is broad, much of his activity has involved organic coatings. He has worked with most of the major generic types and their end uses. His interests include structure control in polymer synthesis, novel polymer crosslinking methods, new polymeric binders for low-pollution coatings, synthesis of reactive oligomers, liquid crystalline polymers, polymer structure/property relationships, radiation curable, water-borne polymers, and powder, higher-solids and solventless coatings.

ORGANIC COATINGS. Most of his career has been devoted to organic coatings technology. His main expertise is in the polymeric binders of coatings, acrylics, polyesters, alkyds, epoxies, polyurethanes, and melamine formaldehyde resins. Having co-authored a book on coatings science and technology (4th Ed. John Wiley, 2017), his expertise spans most parts of the subject. He is experienced with technical/legal issues, especially with patents.

COATING RAW MATERIAL. Expert consults on most aspects of organic coatings, especially on polymeric binders. He is experienced in product development, licensing, technology assessment and new opportunity indentification. He is also familiar with raw materials suppliers to the coatings industry, coatings producers, and coatings users.

REACTIVE POLYMER; HIGH SOLIDS ORGANIC COATINGS. Much of his research has been heavily involved with reactive polymers of the types used in coatings and high solids and powder organic coatings.

POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Expert has a broad background in polymer chemistry. He has detailed knowledge of many aspects of polymer chemistry and has an appreciation of the rest.

LITIGATION SUPPORT. He has recent experience in product liability and intellectual property litigation involving coatings. Details upon request.

Expert's research led to improved understanding of abrasion and mar resistance (over a dozen publications) and assisted in practical improvements such as better mar resistant automotive coatings and improved scratch-resistant hard coatings for polycarbonate.

Expert has had first-hand experience with acrylic coatings for about 30 years. Expert has made research contributions to clear coatings for automotive use.

Expert has had first-hand experience with all the major categories of coatings and has published research and/or obtained patents on most of them. As a "coatings generalist" he can offer perspective on the selection of coatings for most end uses.

He is widely known for his published research in low-solvent coatings, especially on high-solids and solvent-free coatings. He has been active in this area almost since 1967, when air pollution regulation of coatings first began to take effect.

He has recent experience in litigation support for product liability and intellectual property disputes in the field of coatings.

Expert has consulted with a variety of companies, some on contracts lasting as long as ten years and others on a one-day basis to address a specific problem.He has successfully served as expert on intellectual property and product liability litigation.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida - Hialeah, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Hollywood, Florida - Pembroke Pines, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Miami Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Palm Bay, Florida - Pompano Beach, Florida

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1962 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Duke University
Year: 1958 Degree: A.B. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Oberlin College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Organic Coatings Responsibilities: Provides consulting services to companies, law firms, and government.
Years: 1990 to 2002 Employer: EMU Title: Professor Department: Coating Responsibilities: Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings. Mainly involved in research, some classroom teaching.
Years: 1983 to 1990 Employer: North Dakota State Title: Professor and Chair Department: Department of Polymers and Coatings Responsibilities: Teach classes, chair department, perform research
Years: 1979 to 1983 Employer: Cargill Title: Manager Department: Chemical Products Research Responsibilities: Manage R&D for the Chemical Products Division (subsequently divested)
Years: 1973 to 1979 Employer: Celanese Title: R&D Manager Department: Coatings, Epoxy Resins, Research, Analytical Responsibilities: At various times managed research, product development, and analytical lagoratories.
Years: 1963 to 1973 Employer: Celanese Title: Research Chemist, Research Supervisor Department: Central Research; Fabrics and Finishes Responsibilities: Performed basic research on catalysis and polymers for five years. Performed and supervised applied research for five years

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to Present Country / Region: Malaysia Summary: Serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Technologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology
American Chemical Society
Professional Appointments
Expert was Chairman of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering of the American Chemical Society. On the board of Intersocietal Polymer Education Council.
Awards / Recognition
Expert's research papers received Roon awards 3 times. He was the Matiello Lecturer of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology. He won the Tess Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, and was elected a Fellow of the Division. Won the Gordon Award for most innovative paper, FSCT. He is recognized as a Distinguished Professor at Eastern Michigan University.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 200 publications and about 30 U.S. patents, most relating to polymers and coatings.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as an expert witness in five litigations. Topics were intellectual property and product liability issues.
Training / Seminars
Expert has prepared and presented technical training courses on-site for companies such as 3M and GM. The subject of these courses is organic coatings (paint), but details within that subject are tailored to the interests of the customer. He has also provided intensive short courses on coatings offered by universities.
Vendor Selection
He has experience locating vendors of organic coatings and raw materials for coatings.
Marketing Experience
He can provide technical input for market studies of the coatings market.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has been consistently successful in securing research grants and contracts.

He is inventor or co-inventor of about 30 U.S. patents and numerous foreign counterparts. He worked closely with patent attorneys to prepare his own patents for filing and to prosecute them in the U.S. and abroad. He is experienced in licensing intellectual property. He is also experienced in preparing, prosecuting, licensing, and litigating patents.

Fields of Expertise

coating raw material, coating technology, high-solids organic coating material, liquid coating material, low volatile organic compound coating material, organic coating material, polymer coating material, reactive polymer, synthetic polymer chemistry, topcoating material, acrylic polymerization, polymer structure-property relationship, coating industry, abrasion-resistant coating material, acrylic coating material, clear coating material, coating selection, low-solvent coating material, defect, expert witness, failure analysis, legal liability, volatile organic analysis, nanocrystalline coating material, commercial paint, paint industry, paint weather testing, resin chemistry, polyester, water-based coating material, ultraviolet-curable hard coating, specialty coating material, painting system, film former, film formation mechanism, coating system, paint primer, protective plastic coating, alkyd coating, epsilon-caprolactone, paint selection, acrylic monomer, filiform corrosion, drying oil, paint binder, polyurethane coating, paint rheology, synthetic latex, paint technology, organic coating defect, polyester paint, polyester polyol, intellectual property, structure-property relationship, paint raw material, paint chemistry, technology evaluation, coating formulation, oligomer, coating property, polyurethane chemistry, diisocyanate, polymer science, organic coating process, product-related assessment, synthesis, binder (material), new product development, air-pollution control regulation, powder coating material, coating material, oil paint, patent, paint, polymer crosslinking, polymer synthesis, liquid crystal polymer, synthetic resin, ultraviolet polymer curing, water-based paint, transesterification, radiation curing, polyurethane, polymerization, polymer selection, polymer chemistry, paint light stabilization, enamel, decorative coating material, coating, block polymer, block copolymerization, amino resin, alkyd resin, acrylate

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