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Expert in Particle Processing and Particle Research and Development

Expert ID: 722091 Minnesota, USA

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He has worked with a chemical company to define a new process for making a particulate material from a solution. The customer requested information and evaluation on pilling as a method for forming the particle. However, upon assessment of the entire process, solvent spray drying eliminated five process steps and made the process and product economical.

We had a customer interested in preparing a paste of a heavy metal oxide. The paste formation and delivery were simple, but the customer found that the metal oxide particle degraded in the subsequent use. We reformulated the particle and developed a better particle and a usable paste.

A customer came to us with a request to silane treat pigments for better dispensability. Previous attempts at doing this process resulted in an unacceptable amount of agglomeration of the particles. We developed a novel and ultimately patentable process to coat particles without agglomeration.

We visited a pharmaceutical company to discuss methods of preparing nanoparticle drugs. We evaluated the current patent literature, had an intensive brainstorming session, and developed a technique for forming nanoparticulate dispersion that was outside the current art.

We had a customer come to us with a simple grinding job. However, upon reflection and working with the customer we found that the customer had been working with numerous companies to grind their materials with no success. We developed a new cryogrinding process that met the customers need for size distribution, yield, and cleanliness.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: PhD Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: University of Florida
Year: 1970 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry and Math Institution: St. Olaf College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
He is the President and chief operating officer of the company. He is also the primary researcher in the area of particle processing and toll manufacturing.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1978 to 1994 Employer: 3M Title: Technical Manager Department: Corporate Research Lab
He was the technical manager of particle research in 3M,s Corporate Research Lab with responsibility to direct and prioritize research in particle research for polymers, ceramics, and microencapsulation.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: United Kingdom Summary: He visited a company to brainstorm new methods for particle coating. In the meeting, came up with 3 methods that were evaluated but were not implemented.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Country / Region: South Korea Summary: He went to Korea to work with a company on developing new liquid toners for color electrophotography. He provided the customer with new toners, evaluated the electrophotographic process and suggested ways to improve the engine, release layers and toners.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society since 1974
International Fine Particle Research Institute including Executive Advisory Board Member 1989-1994
University of Florida Particle Science and Technology ERC 1994- including Industrial Advisory Board Chairman
Professional Appointments
Adjunct Professor University of Minnesota Center for Interfacial Engineering 1989-1995
University of Florida Particle Science and Technology ERC- Industrial Advisory Board Chairman
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 23 issued Patents, 15 publications and a chapter in a book on organometallic chemistry

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Conversational ability

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