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Expert in Plastic and Coating Stabilization; Controlled Degradation Analysis and Design; Analytical Services

Expert ID: 722530 North Carolina, USA

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Expert's knowledge in the area of amorphous and crystalline polymers is based on 36 years in the field, having worked with all commercially available amorphous, crystalline, and semicrystalline resins. His knowledge includes physical properties and stabilization at many levels and their individual identifications and end use properties.

In the last four years, he has been working with major companies on recycled tire rubber and recycled carpet waste (C.A.R.E). Expert resolved major issue regards recycled tire odor smell VOC and HAPS. Patents pending on the solution. Carpet America Recycled Efforts or C.A.R.E has a major waste problem with nylon and pet and PP carpet materials and cross contamination. We developed a molecular modifier and compatabilizer to restore all properties of the waste materials and produce new products and composite for automotive and the military construction industry. New ways to use major waste products in the carpet and tire industry!!

Plastic material analysis, including chemical and physical analysis, has been part of Expert's 36 years in the plastic industry. Firsthand working knowledge of the tools used in the trade, and their limitations, is a skill set he provides. He can advise on what tools to use and how to use them for determining failure analysis. These skills are integrated into his analytical abilities and broad-based knowledge of resins and other agents used in the field. He has a working knowledge of analytical techniques which include MS, GC-MS, and LC-MS; HPLC; TGAMS; FTIR and UV spectral analysis; ion chromatography; ICP:AES and furnace AA; proton, carbon, and phosphorus NMR; high-pressure extraction techniques; method development; wet chemical analysis; and LC, GC, and related techniques; all used for forensic and non-forensic identification and reverse engineering of plastics and coatings, and their related problems in the field.

Expert notes that in the plastics field, reverse engineering and problem solving techniques are absolutely necessary for today’s competitive advantage. Knowing what a plastic contains helps direct solutions to problems. Not all plastics respond the same to extraction techniques and reference standards are not available in all cases. It takes years of hands-on experience to sort through the evidence and expedite the analysis. He has established, over the last 30 years, a vast library of data on additives and techniques to sort through each. He currently works on plastics, adhesives, glues, coatings, and fabricated samples to determine cause of failure and to provide solutions to insurance claims and to provide alternatives. Expert also notes that chemical analysis pertaining to plastics and coatings relates to extraction and isolation techniques needed to prepare the samples for analysis. Knowing what techniques to use avoids repeat analysis. He is knowledgeable of over 500 chemical techniques in the plastics industry and routinely uses them to solve today’s problems. Heavy metal analysis by ICP:AES, furnace AA techniques, ion chromatography and EPA extraction techniques for TCLP levels in plastic waste are done routinely. Expert also notes that HPLC and other chromatographic techniques are used routinely for polymer analysis to identify materials including dyes, colorants, additives, and transformation products in plastics. He uses HPLC routinely for reverse engineering of fabricated plastic parts. He notes that composition analysis and competitive intelligence, product development, and chemical analysis go hand in hand. Reverse engineering of a plastic to determine its composition and to identify the structures of each complex additive the polymer contains is something Expert does routinely for the plastics and coatings industry in the areas of fibers, films, injection molding, and rotomolding, as applied to the markets of the auto industry, the agricultural industry, containers, textiles, and others. Material analysis of the physical and chemical properties of plastics is something Expert has done for over 25 years using ASTM and DIN testing techniques. These include Instron capillary rheometry, mechanical spectra, rheology testing, tensile testing, Izod and heat distortion testing, and so on. These techniques are used to determine failure modes and causes of failure in plastics and in breakdown of coatings.

Recently developed new analytical methods and procedures to run REACH compliance problems with exports into Europe. We are now routinely running ALL Bay Proton and VOC HAPS analysis for the tire industry and their napthenlic oils for impurities as per REACH regulations and EPA regulations. All related testing and quantification for PAH testing of rubber tire materials and composites being done routinely.

Expert notes that patent law and recognizing when to get a patent or trade secret and how to accomplish this task are the keys to success in both the coatings and plastic industry. He has a strong record in patent law, patent writing, and getting around existing patents. He has multiple patents in the field of plastics, coatings, and waxes in diverse areas of expertise. He has written a provisional patent for the use of new military frangible ballistics, which involves extrusion and fabrication of metal powder composites. His skills in patent law are used to provide product and R&D fields the tools to recognize when to put money into this field and how to protect themselves broadly and dimensionally. He works with patent attorneys to write, file, and bring a working strategy together. Plastics intellectual property has been a main part of Expert's focus in every endeavor over the last 35 years and this is reflective in the number of issued patents in his name.

He knows when to identify a patent and how to file and write one that has multiple dimensions. He does provisional patents, consults on many patent issues, interprets the claims for others, and writes technical positions. He notes that knowing how to get around the holes in poorly-written patents is a competitive advantage and knowing when to write one that provides a return on the investment is something that is very novel today. The cost of doing a patent must be balanced with the return on the investment and its maintenance fee.

In 2008 filed three new patents on recycled rubbers for new applications. Filed non-provisional patent in 2009 on Odor Mediation of Recycled Tire Rubber that broadens our knowledge in the field of odor mediation of plastics.

Epxert has been involved with plastic colorants, discoloration, and masterbatch for the industry over 36 years. He has written and presented multiple papers and seminars on discoloration and pigmentation, including a paper at the CPMA. He is knowledgeable of pigments and dyes and their issues and how to stabilize them in all forms and types of polymers. He has extensive expertise with the chemistry of the dyes and pigments and their interactions in various polymers and with various additives used in the industry. He designs systems and solves problems related in this field for end users, compounders, masterbatch suppliers, and producers of the colorants.

He has extensive experience built in the span of 36 years with plastic additives, antioxidants, UV stabilizers, fillers, minerals, exotics, and many more additives used in the industry. This involves firsthand knowledge about the type, chemistry, transformation, and chemical interactions in various plastics and situations where the materials may be poorly designed or over-engineered like they are today. Expert notes that optimization of plastic additive systems without over-engineering takes years of firsthand knowledge and experience with these materials; he has been involved in all facets of their use and development. His patents and papers on the subject, having presented over a 36- year span, is his record on his accomplishments in this area.
Developed new lubricant (very polar) for nylon and polyesters composites and fibers that extends pigments and other colorants and for increasing the strength and durability of the final product molded or fabricated by casting film;etc.

Expert spent many years in research and development in the plastics industry, having worked for Shell Development at (Undisclosed) in New Jersey and at the (Undisclosed) R&D Center in Houston, Texas. He was recently awarded the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry and Innovation for his R&D work on molecular recognition for polyamide and polyester and polyether resins. He has run labs and programs for multiple tasks in the field of plastics and coatings. These accomplishments are best reviewed by the many patents he owns or shares with others in the field. These patents include UV and gamma radiation of plastics, pigmentation research in the field of pigment stabilization; new UV systems; and novel new additive systems for the industry. His most recent accomplishments are in the field of metal composites, zeolites both natural and synthetic, antimicrobials, antifungals, antialgal, and development of new low priced systems and extenders for the polymer industry. His chemical research and development work included plant production and planning for scale up. He has been involved in the manufacturing of phenolic antioxidants and many other stabilizers used in the polymer field. He brings the skills of chemical modeling techniques and structural analysis. He has been in the chemical research and development side of the plastics business with Shell Development and (Undisclosed)(Undisclosed) in Houston, Texas.
Introduction of new Plasmonic Photonic UVA technology. Permanence and broad UV absorbance with hyperchromic synergisms with conventional organic UVA for plastics and coatings . Synergisms with HALS and organic UVA classes with reduction in in-situ consumption over time. Broad UV absorbance permanence with extension into the thermic and Far Infrared regions to replace expensive IR absorbents in films.

Expert spent years in the field of clarifiers and nucleating agents for polyolefins and engineering resins. This includes chemical interactions and limitations of these chemistries with other additives in the system, and controlling beta, gamma, delta, and alpha growth in these plastics. He has knowledge of existing and past agents that have caused problems in the field. Knowing how to sort through the marketing claims of these materials and knowing alternative solutions is another skill set he brings to this subject.
Development for replacement of all clarifiers used in polyolefins using transcrystallinity and other mechanisms not being practiced today. Total elimination of expensive divinylidene sorbitols ester type nucleating and clarifiers used in polyolefins like PP copolymers and homopolymers. Total new approach to clarification and 30% more effective than clarifiers.

Expert notes that knowledge of resin miscibility and compatibility in his industry is key to designing new alloys or blends. Mathematics of blending chemistry and knowing what resins are suitable for carrier masterbatches or downstream use helps to avoid major cost problems in the field. Chemical incompatibility and interactions with additive systems and chemical breakdown of select resins is key, and his knowledge of the mechanisms of transformation and breakdown of polymers is crucial in the selection process. He also notes that knowledge of and access to information about all physical and chemical properties of all the key resins and the exotics is critical. He brings 36 years of skills together in all facets of this industry to make the key judgment of how to produce a new alloy or blend and if it will be successful in the market. This includes his access to downstream users and molders and fabricators in the industry.

Expert notes that durability and design of all plastics requires knowledge of the chemistry of the plastic and its limitations in processing, fabrication, chemical breakdown, and chemical interactions with additives used to process or stabilize the end product. UV, long term thermo-oxidative, processing stabilization, or additive systems to enhance processing of any resin at significantly lower temperatures and saving energy and money is in his skill set. He has firsthand knowledge and experience in designing stabilization systems to avoid the common mistakes made today by less knowledgeable people coming into this industry. This can save a client hundreds of thousands of dollars if a mistake is made without the common-sense knowledge to avoid certain additives and agents used in making a plastic durable.

Expert says that competitive intelligence and analysis of the information comes with the territory with over 36 years of being involved in all facets of the plastics business and with dealing firsthand with the people and downstream information in both the known and unknown flaws that exist in the plastics industry. Those “don'ts” are hard to come to know over the years and are not written in any textbook or lab book. As an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy he can appreciate the nuances involved in competitive intelligence gathering and sorting through what is called Perception, Reality, and Truth. He has expertise in patent law, and knowing where to look for information in a network. He has 36 years of contacts and relationships at multiple levels in his business, from resin producers to vendors of additives, fillers, sales and marketing, statistics, and almost all related fields in the plastic industry. These include fibers; molding by injection, blow, cast, and blown film; thermoforming, rotomolding, and so on. Expert notes that having the inside track of what’s going on in this industry at every level takes time and resources, which he has established over the last 30-some years.
Latest analysis of the latest UVA and HALS usage in the global community

As a manager in the plastic and coatings field for several companies over 36 years, he has been involved in the sales and marketing and technical assessment of information for making business decisions and strategic moves. He brings firsthand experience in business intelligence and the knowledge of what to do with this information for any plastic and coating concern.

He notes that discoloration of plastics involves complex chemistry; he has the knowledge of additives and systems that interact with different polymers and end use applications. Whether the problem is yellowing, pinking, black specks, gas staining, gas yellowing, gas fading, cardboard yellowing, lignin interactions, storage yellowing, packaging yellowing, or other symptoms, he has written and studied them in depth over the last 36 years and knows how to test for the cause and resolve the problems associated with the problem. The key is to avoid the problem in the first place.

Expert notes that in any field of chemistry, using the tools available today in computer modeling aids one in accelerating research and development. He has been modeling and designing solutions to plastics and coatings problems for years using these tools to understand chemical interactions and to study polymer bonding and polymer/polymer or polymer/additive interactions. Today he is using this for molecular recognition, supramolecular studies, and designing new molecular modifiers in the field of plastics. He uses Accelerys, Material Studios, and Alchemy software at his home office.

Expert is experienced in thermal analysis for plastics involving classical DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) techniques of OIT (oxygen induction times), crystallization studies, and degradation studies for polyolefins and engineering resins. He is knowledgeable of thermal and thermo-oxidative protocols in ASTM and European standards used in this field. He has the ability to provide testing by these techniques including isothermal and dynamic TGA and OIT studies for plastics in the polyolefin field. Expert provides expertise in the use of DSC, TGA, and isothermal techniques for the plastic industry and coatings industry. He has a specialty in OIT. Any routine use of thermal analysis for determining crystallinity or oxygen induction, based on ASTM techniques, is something he does routinely.

Plastics and coatings business development has been a focus of Expert's for over 25 years at American Cyanamid, Shell Development, Sandoz Chemicals, and Clariant Corporation. He has worked in business development of powder coatings, OEM and specialized coatings and printing inks, rotomolding, and fiber and film for packaging and agricultural fields. He notes that any business development plan includes a strategy for IP or patents and upstream planning, and that matching up the right people and knowing when to “cut bait” is key.

In the last five years new business has been generated in India and China using our vast network of contacts and consulting networks.

We are now providing third party independent testing and analysis of incoming products and materials from China and India and have provided enhanced problem solving and transparency for those trying to sell product in the US and Europe.

Expert notes that competitive analysis in the plastics industry is a fun field and involves both reverse engineering and practical knowledge about the various clients’ strengths, weaknesses, and field experience. In his 36 years in the field of plastics and coatings he has used competitive analysis in business planning, countermeasures, designing systems, in research and development, and product development. Expert also notes that bench-marking as part of competitive intelligence and product development has always been part of any strategy in market analysis. He has an excellent working knowledge of all vendors and resin suppliers in the plastics and coating fields and keeps up with all the patent literature. He can benchmark any product in the plastics field regardless of its end use application.

He has worked extensively in the field of high-energy gamma radiation for the study of stability, yellowing and other discoloration, and long-term issues of physical properties such as odor, taste, crystallinity, etc. He holds patents in the field of radiochromic plastics that change color upon irradiation. He specializes in understanding of and practical solutions for polyolefins and condensation polymers. He has hands-on experience in this field including patents, and understand the current nature of the field.

Expert notes that plastic masterbatch is a field specializing in providing high levels of additives in a suitable compatible carrier resin to convey powdered additives and colorants in the plastic field. He has been in the design, downstream production, and use of these masterbatches in both the field of colorants and additives. He brings the solutions together in one package and helps the compounder and masterbatch supplier to avoid the pitfalls of in-situ interactions of additives, and how to buffer the systems to allow the additives and colorants to function at 100% when let down.

In the last 15 years provided US and Global masterbatch suppliers specialty analytical support to reverse engineer competitive and non competitive MB for Quality control and to determine cause of failures in the field.
Provided solutions that work in master batch companies and new innovative ideas for new products such as NON NUCLEATING AGENTS, Softners for Polypropylene fibers, Coefficient of Friction enhancers for slit tapes, fluoride scavengers, acid scavengers for polyolefins, new advance light stabilizers and antioxidants systems.

The reverse engineering of plastic additive systems and coating systems is a specialty of Expert's and he continues to provide this service to all segments of the market, including insurance companies.
Reverse engineering of PET fibers and molded parts for old and new Ultraviolete absorbers being utilized for higher level UV durability outdoors Tinuvin 1600, all traizine UVA, benzooxazones, benzotrizoles, benzophenones, oxanlildes benzylidene malonate esters and dimers etc.

Instrumental in the latest legal cases against hernia and transvaginal PP mesh. Reverse engineering and lifetime analysis of plastic mesh and more. Analytical tag analysis of competitive Chinese products.

Expert has worked and designed plastics for the sterilization syringe and related markets that use gamma and E-beam technology. He has patents in this field.

As part of his intellectual property experience he has been involved in copyright, trademark, and trade secret law when patents are something that a company does not want to pursue. He notes that trade secrets are hard to enforce and knowing when to go for a trade secret and how to enforce the secret is key.

Plastic materials, their physical and chemical properties, their weaknesses, and modes of degradation are things Expert has been involved with in all polyolefins and condensation and addition polymers for 36 years. Specific polymers include polypropylene, polyethylene, polybutene-1, polycarbonates, polyacetals, thermoplastic polyesters, thermoplastic elastomers (e.g. TPE, TPO, rubbers, and Kraton-type elastomers), and polyamide(s). He knows not only their material properties but also their compatibility and how to combatabilize them.

Expert has plastic product development expertise with polyolefin and condensation polymers gained in working with them for over 35 years. He can assist with designing the right physical and chemical properties of a plastic, including the right additive system or systems without downside antagonisms and creating other issues like plateout, mold drip, extraction and migration problems, taste and odor problems, discoloration, pinking problems, and black speck problems. He can uses all available shortcuts to accomplish the task in the shortest available time frame. This is accomplished by a broad set of skills in every facet of the plastic business including synthesis and manufacturing to end use applications and additive designs. Expert has many patents in the field, and in the last few years has added many more in diverse fields of this industry. Material product development is a specialty of his. Designing a total systems approach for the plastics and coatings industry includes polymer design for specific properties, then designing the additive systems for flame retardant, and UV and long term thermo-oxidative and thermal processing stability. Recently he developed a new flame retardant for polyester fibers that provides NFPA 701 vertical burn and does not interfere with UV stability or yellowing or odor of the fiber. Expert has designed systems for applications including films, fiber, packaging, agricultural, and injection molding cycle time reduction. New design chemistry using zeolitic inorganic minerals for colorants, UV stabilization, and extending additives in critical systems is a new endeavor of his over the last five years.

Having worked with (Undisclosed), a manufacturer of polypropylene, polybutylene, Kraton resins, and others, Expert has firsthand knowledge of this field at many levels, including technical service, product development, research, marketing, and sales. His knowledge of over 150 various polymers, their chemistry, mode of failure, and end use properties is part of his background. His plastic industry knowledge is vast in all segments of the industry including fiber, film, thermoforming, rotomolding, injection molding, slit tapes, flame coatings, textiles, packaging, agricultural, and many other ares. He has a full knowledge of all vendors of all types of additives, resin suppliers, downstream convertors, compounders, and tollers of plastic in the industry. He brings 36 years of experience that is always up to date.

Polymer antioxidants and the understanding of the method, mechanism, and choices required for all polymeric substrates in plastics and coatings is his field of expertise. His experience includes conferences, seminars, patents, technical papers, marketing, technical service support, and working for the vendors who manufacture and sell these products. Expert has firsthand knowledge of all antioxidants, their end use, their intrinsic problems, and toxicology issues regarding metabolites. He has extensive knowledge in the chemistry and how to control the adverse side effects antioxidants bring to polymers. His expertise extends to all levels of primary and secondary antioxidant classes and to the issues these additives bring to the market over the last 36 years.

Polymer chemistry is Expert's technical background and it extends into all facets of the plastics field. This includes stabilization and controlled degradation of polymers and solutions to everyday problems of UV and thermal and thermo-oxidative stability, discoloration, gel problems, physical property failure, failure analysis, and computer modeling and design.

Expert's expertise over the last 36 years continues to be in the field of polymer stabilization and controlled degradation of polymeric systems in both the coatings and plastic fields. He brings a vast set of skills in all facets of polymer stabilization which include design, testing, use levels, analytical reverse engineering, and certification of levels and types and antagonisms that may occur in the plastic. He is knowledgeable of a diverse spectrum of polymer stabilizers including antioxidants, ultraviolet and gamma stabilizers, fillers, colorants that stabilize, and buffers or acid acceptors.

Recently developed new molecular modifiers using Supramolecular chemistry for both polyamides and thermopolastic polyesters.

In 2017 developed a new permanent broad Ultraviolet absorber that has high permanence low volatility no migration in polyolefins and has no restrictions with temperature and is broadly suited for all plastics and coatings. It compliments all organic UVA and HALS (HAS) type light stabilizers and absorbs from 200-800 nm.
Excellent synergisms with organic UVA and HALS giving hyperchromic responses up to 300% of norm. Permanent over the life of the plastics! Non antagonistic with all plastics especially condensation polymers.
Low cost and commercially available globally. Produced in the US and mechanism is Plasmonics and photonics. Mechanism opens the door to new materials in the future that extends all organic light stabilizers.

Recently resolved an issue with adhesives that were failing in the field. He used proton NMR and GC MS to discover that lack of proper fortification caused premature failure.He recently discovered the cause of additive migration in a plastic application that was causing the loss of new business for a company. By using a combination of techniques (microscopy, analytical isolation, and analysis techniques) he found the root cause of the problem and what was required to resolve the problem.Recently resolved a major resin scrap problem with nylon waste, which was being land-filled. Today the customer does not landfill the waste but reuses the waste; 100% is reused by the addition of a new molecular modifier, which was discovered and patented.He recently solved a major problem with automotive under the hood failure with black pigmented polypropylene. He came up with a patented solution that replaces carbon black entirely with a new black colorant that acts as a thermo-oxidative stabilizer and is synergistic with primary and secondary additives typically utilized in this polymer.Solved a major issue with premature failure of gamma and EB sterilization of polymers, which causes major yellowing, and premature failure. He came up with a photochromic, patented concept used today. In addition, he solved the root cause and came up with additional solutions which include changing the Tg properties of the polypropylene polymer.Developed new fluoride chemistries for fluoride scavenging in fluoropolymers and coatings using fluoride catalysts. Developed new Plasmonic Material for Broad Wavelength Permanent Light Absorbance of all polymers and coating systems that is synergistic with organic light stabilizers causing hyperchromic increases in absorbance and slowing down in-situ UV conversions over time. Permanent broad UV stabilization of thin and thick sections.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina - Winston Salem, North Carolina - High Point, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Concord, North Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Polymer/Chemistry Institution: University of Texas at Houston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research and Product Development/Analytical Support Reverse Engineering Department: Analytical and Consulting and Innovations Responsibilities: Broad analytical support. Reverse Engineering all stabilizers and colorants and dyes. Textiles to Injection molding global customer base. Innovation and problem solving with practical solutions to multiple masterbatch and compounders and down stream companies in all facets of plastic from textiles,film, molding, pipe,tubing,profiles and composites.
Synthesis work in developing new lubricants with high polar character for polymer polymers and polar fillers including all cellulosic materials whether mercerized on not mercerized. Currently supplying new PET flame retardant technologies and new Fluoride scavenger for FEP and other fluoropolymers as an acid scavenger!
Years: 1992 to 2002 Employer: Clariant Corporation Title: Technical and Marketing Manager Pigments and Additives Department: Pigments and Additives Responsibilities: Was responsible for the pigment and additive departments product line and for providing marketing, sales, and technical support.
Years: 1992 to 2002 Employer: Clariant Corporation Title: Product Development Manager Department: Additives Department Responsibilities: Was the result of divesting and acquisition of (Undisclosed) to become (Undisclosed). His employment was continuous between both companies. His title and responsibility were expanded to include Product Development and Manager of Technical Services for the newly formed Additives Division. These responsibilities included administration, patent law, running a lab, analytical coordination, technical council, European interface with the company’s affiliates and extensive international travel. The job covered plastics, coatings, pigments, and additives.
Years: 1984 to 1992 Employer: American Cyanamid Company Title: Principal Investigator Department: Plastic Additives Department Responsibilities: He worked in Technical Service with polymer additives, and in customer marketing and sales, and product development for coatings and plastic additives. He was a lecturer, author, and patent author. He was responsible for the lab and technical staff for the sales force and marketing department. He coordinated projects and solved problems for customers and provided solutions with products the company offered.
Years: 1972 to 1984 Employer: Shell Development Title: Research Chemist Department: Polymer Responsibilities: Worked in Research and Product Development and the Technical Service polymer department. He did stabilization studies, method development and testing, and analytical testing. Expert also was the Market and Sales interface, solving problems on site with customers. He also gave lectures and wrote patents.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1969 to 1975 Agency: Navy Role: Interior Communications and Code Description: Provided interior communications electronics and electrical technical support for the USS Chicago and related ships. He worked on gyro navigation repair, communication equipment, alarms, and security services and support. He also worked with nuclear alarm and was a service monitor for weapons. He held secret clearance.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 2002 Country / Region: Europe,Asia (India,China); Latin America Summary: Spent many years in and out of Mexico, South America, and Central America working with customers in both the plastics and coatings arena to design and solve complex problems in the capacity of sales, marketing, and technical support. He spent many years between the U.S. and Europe (specifically France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy) working with company affiliates and their customers to bridge the internal cap during globalization between U.S. and Europe for the plastics and coatings fields in both companies. He interfaced with technical counterparts and did collaboration and team building between countries and during mergers with other companies. He acted as the technical interface and provided coordination between groups to enhance cross-fertilization and innovation, and also acted as facilitator and mentor.Consulted and advised Superpack in India on new production of plastic compounds and masterbatches and provided analytical services to the company. China-integration of new product lines in Folsham and Shanghai. Currently advising and solving problems for their Automotive R*&D Facility in Bejing.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Society of Plastic Engineers
Flooring Institute
Analytical Chemical Society
Licenses / Certifications
He has certifications in coating technology from a State University. He holds certification in the field of plastic additives and stabilization design.
American Chemical Society Award for Innovation in Chemistry for the United States on Molecular Recognition Chemistry for Thermoplastic Polyesters and Polyamides
Professional Appointments
Expert is Director of Innovation and Research
Awards / Recognition
He received an award from the American Chemical Society: “Innovation in Chemistry.” This award was for innovation in industrial chemistry and work in molecular recognition (supramolecular chemistry). He also received Clariant’s Patent Council Award, and Cyanamid’s Technical Award for Outstanding Support and Problem Solving.
Medical / Professional
Recently spent three years on a legal case regarding medical mesh prematurely failures. Provided the scientific analytical proof of the cause of failure and subsequently the case(S) were settled out of court. Legal consultant for reverse engineering and testing of transvaginal and hernia mesh.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is an author and lecturer in the field of polymer science and stabilization. He has 155 publications (internal and external), and 35 patents (issued and pending)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert acted as an expert witness and specialist in a lawsuit against the company and two related parties that sued on the basis of a plastic chair failing on a cruise ship causing the death of the fisherman sitting in the chair. The case was dropped against his company as a result of his report and testimony.
Training / Seminars
Expert has been a trainer and lecturer in the field of polymer science and specifically in the stability, failure analysis, and additive design for complex end use applications requiring extended durability. He has been a known contributor to many conferences, e.g. Interect, Material Science Institute, American Chemical Society, Society of Plastic Engineers, and Clemson University. He has over 30 years experience educating people and solving problems in the field of polymer science.
Vendor Selection
Expert has continued to source difficult products for suppliers and vendors. He has extensive computer and programming knowledge in both Government connections via the EPA, and databases for searches and registrations in the plastic field. He has Chemical Abstracts Surveyor and related database search engines at his fingertips. He has interfaced with other vendors and suppliers and is able to make recommendations to use various products from other sources that are not typically well known or available in the market. He has extensive market knowledge of what is good and bad in the way of products being recommended in his field.
Marketing Experience
He has spent his life bringing new products into the plastic and coatings market. His experience includes R&D, product development, technical service, marketing, and sales; and also has involved patent protection, secrecy and non-analysis, confidentiality agreements, logistics, support, customer service, and literature writing and promotion (e.g., advertising). He is a “one-stop shop” with regard to new products and the ability to recommend other courses of action related to analytical support and method development. ( Expert notes that one can have a great product but if the customer wants to know if it can be detected and analyzed as to its level the vendor rarely understands if the product can be determined, and the client loses the momentum and potential sales by not having this knowledge. Marketing new products is like a chess game; one must anticipate the next several moves to avoid making the same mistakes and reproducing the same mistakes.) New products and services that Expert has marketed over the last 10 years have included primary and secondary antioxidants, ultraviolet stabilizers, minerals, molecular traps, corrosion inhibitors, dyes, pigments, microencapsulants, biocides, antimicrobial agents, antistats, molecular modifiers, resins, optical brighteners, phosphorescent agents, viscosity and foam modifiers, rheological modifiers, polyolefins, condensation polymers, styrenics, vinyl resins, masterbatches, concentrates, analytical services, and instrumental analysis.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert's client base has included Fortune 500 companies in the silicone business, additives and pigment business, companies in minerals and specialty chemicals, textiles, carpeting, adhesives, molding, designs, masterbatch, and compounding. Other customers have petitioned his services in marketing and sales, and for finding new end use applications for new products.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Has technical and conversational skills (speaking, reading, and writing) for plastics, coatings, and the related verbiage utilized in their two professions.

Fields of Expertise

amorphous plastic, amorphous polymer, amorphous polypropylene, crystalline polymer, crystalline-polymer structure-property relationship, polymer material analysis, plastics patent, plastic color concentrate, polymer additive, plastics research and development, nucleating agent, polymer selection for chemical compatibility, plastics durability, plastics competitive intelligence, plastics business intelligence, plastic discoloration, computer-aided molecular design, polymer thermal analysis, plastics business development, plastics competitive analysis, plastics competitive benchmarking, gamma-stable plastic material, plastic masterbatch, plastics reverse engineering, sterilizable plastic material, plastics trade secret, plastic material, plastic material property, plastic physical property, plastic product development, plastic part, plastic resin, polymer, plastics industry, polymer antioxidant, polymer chemistry, polymer stabilizer, polymer stabilization, molecular recognition, counterespionage, business ethics, competitive benchmarking, plastic irradiation, pigmented coating, plastics quality control, paint pigment, laminated plastic, ultraviolet absorber, competitive intelligence, polymer powder, antiblocking agent, light-stable thermoplastic material, elastic plastic, plastic stability, composition analysis, pigment technology, cationic dye, plastic coloring process, rubber additive, polymer colorant, trade secret, analytical laboratory, moisture analysis, plastic wood, engineering plastic formulation, plastic lubrication, pigment dispersing, thermoform plastic, new chemical process research and development, Food and Drug Administration CFR-21 part 175, rapid product development, instrumental analysis, oleochemistry, coating material analysis, plastic chemical property, plastic component failure, polymer application, construction plastic material, chemical research and development, inventions, corporate strategic planning, particle-size analysis, antistatic plastic, fire-resistant plastic, pigment manufacturing, heavy metal analysis, material product development, analysis, research and development, marketing, high-temperature plastic, decision-making, patent, sulfur dye, polyethylene, plastic injection molding, organic coating material, fluorescent dye, compatibilizing agent, biocide, automotive plastic

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