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Expert in Plastics, Innovation, Mineral Fillers, Dispersants, Coupling Agents, and Specialty Fluids

Expert ID: 730900 Indiana, USA

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Expert has provided breakthrough materials, problems solving and training to Fortune 100 and small companies alike.

He is a globally recognized expert in plastics, fillers and additives. He is ranked by peers as a world-class expert.

He has solved six open innovation industrial challenges, placing him in the top 0.01% of innovators.

Expert has earned multiple awards for presentation skills. He is well known for his ability to explain complex topics in layperson's terms.

He has a proven ability to develop breakthrough solutions and products in record time.

Expert has authored many papers (30), patents (14) and book chapters (6), encyclopedia chapters (3) on plastics and additives.

Moreover, he is very well networked, which helps facilitate quick solutions by bringing together all relevant expertise.

Plastic materials expert witness in large class-action medical implant cases pertaining to Marlex polypropylene (PP) mesh. Able to explain the science simply for the lawyers, judge and jury. Able to discredit opposing experts methods and opinions. Positive outcomes were achieved.

Solved major ABS plastic quality problem that had confounded BASF for 30 years and had cost them millions in fruitless R&D efforts (multiple patents)Created 2 new rapid prototyping materials for FDM (commercial)Invented a new ultra hard, scratch-resistant polypropylene (commercializing) Reformulated calcium carbonate filled polypropylene to save over $1M annually Identified new dispersant for PVC plastisol that significantly outperformed those on the market (commercialized)Invented revolutionary new smart plastic that changes transparency reversibly when heated and cooled (patented).Identified an unusual class of fluids with extremely low gas solubility for client Created new technology for high flow plastics with good mechanicals (R&D 100 Award, commercial)Solved an open innovation challenge for a new ultra-sensitive oxygen detection method Invented a new process for excellent adhesion of UV cured polyurethane and polyolefin ionomer flooring Created new smart packaging film that changes permeability on demand Sourced a new smart material that a cosmetics company had spent years looking forDue diligence for an investor (able to show that the technology had no commercial merit or patent protection)

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemistry and Polymer Science Institution: University of Sussex
Year: 1990 Degree: MPhil Subject: Chemistry and Polymer Science Institution: University of Sussex
Year: 1989 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemistry and Polymer Science Institution: University of Sussex

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: Title: Technical Director Department:
Responsibilities:
Expert handles new applications and sales for specialty minerals for plastics. He has achieved record sales and profit growth. He set up a distributor and multi-million NVP marketing activity.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
Responsibilities:
As President of this plastics consulting firm, he provides expert services on matters related to plastics, additives and materials. He has worked on short-term problem solving issues with a focus on long-term relationships including the Fortune 100 through retainer contacts. He has provided training services through on-site visits, web seminars and recorded seminars.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Title: CTO Department:
Responsibilities:
He was responsible for developing new applications, technical marketing, product development, presentations, client interactions and more. New applications were commercialized in a very short time span.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2007 Employer: Title: Development Manager Department: Global Product
Responsibilities:
He worked in roles spanning marketing and R&D. He captured needs from the market and addressed those needs with fast, focused technical solutions. He solved a legendary plastic production quality problem that had plagued BASF for 30 years.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to 2003 Employer: Title: Senior Project Manager Department:
Responsibilities:
Expert was a senior materials specialist in charge of a portfolio of innovation and cost reduction projects across Europe. Responsibilities included the reformulation of a major material, reducing cost in excess of 1 million Euros per year. He managed an international network of external contacts encompassing consultants, industry experts and academics.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2007 Country / Region: Germany Summary: He worked at BASF's headquarters in Ludwigshafen in R&D and marketing roles related to specialty styrenic plastics.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: Italy Summary: He was moved from Electrolux's Swedish R&D centre to Italy (near Venice) where he co-ordinated large plastics material related projects leading to substantial cost reductions.
Years: 1999 to 2002 Country / Region: Sweden Summary: Worked in innovation for the largest OEM for consumer appliances. Managing international projects.
Years: 1995 to 1999 Country / Region: Sweden Summary: Worked as a group manager at the Institute for Surface Chemistry in Stockholm providing consultancy services to industrial clients and leading large international consortium projects.
Years: 1993 to 1994 Country / Region: UK Summary: Polymer and surface scientist at the R&D center for a major international materials company (Cookson PLC).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Chemist (CChem)
Professional Appointments
Referee for Elsevier and Wiley, two of the main publishers.
Awards / Recognition
Six awards for open innovation, several for presenting, customer service and product development.
Voted top plastics expert.
Ranked in the top 0.01% of open innovators globally.
R&D 100 Award.
Publications and Patents Summary
Articles (40) and book chapters (6), patents (14), encyclopedia chapters (3), spanning plastics, mineral fillers, composites and additives. Author of the book Innovation Abyss: An Innovator's Solutions to Corporate Innovation Failure.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert witness for the plaintiffs in a class action pertaining to polypropylene Marlex mesh which is implanted in the body. I prepared expert reports for my client showing that the material chosen was unsuitable for the application. I was also able to show that opposing experts were incorrect or untruthful in their statements. In addition I was interviewed on 60 Minutes by Scott Pelley about the polypropylene mesh. We showed that the mesh being implanted now is not the original, FDA approved Marlex but a counterfeit product. I was also deposed in relation to the case. We settled about 9000 cases out of court for a very substantial amount. I have collected over 400 articles and other documents in order to lend strong support to my opinions. I found and co-ordinated a team of experts regarding the polypropylene material, The defendants were Boston Scientific and Bard but I also did research on the Ethicon products.

He advised on a patent case pertaining to polymer crystallization. This was settled out of court.
Training / Seminars
He has provided training to companies individually on-site and through web seminars for over 10 years. These are very well attended by all major companies in the field (resin producers, compounders, additives suppliers, part manufacturers are more) and are highly rated (over 9/10 satisfaction rating).
Vendor Selection
In assisting customers in locating the right material, Expert often provides contact information to a supplier.
Marketing Experience
Having worked in many different functions, company types and countries, he sees the industry from a holistic perspective. An awareness of industry needs, trends and existing solutions allows him to provide the answers customers' needs.
Other Relevant Experience
He has a keen ability to explain complex topics to the layperson.
His very rapid response time is appreciated by customers working to a tight schedule.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Swedish Has some degree of fluency in Swedish.
Germany Very limited due to lack of recent practice.

Fields of Expertise

expert witness, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin, advanced material, amorphous plastic, chemical technology innovation, engineering plastic, engineering plastic formulation, engineering plastic property, ideation, innovation, inventions, material product development, new product development, packaging innovation, particulate mineral filled plastic, particulate-filled plastic, plastic material, plastic material property, plastic physical property, plastic resin, plastic stability, plastic surface treatment, product innovation, technical writing, training, corporate strategic planning, expert testimony, process innovation, product invention, skin care product development, composite material characterization, plastic specification, anisotropic materials, time-to-market, barrier polymer, plastic service-life prediction, composite material selection, plastic discoloration, advanced material technology, injection molded plastic, plastic platform pallet, proposal writing, plastic masterbatch, plastic solvent, product formulation, product improvement, composite material optical property, composite material electrical property, plastic chemical property, degradable plastic, plastic stress corrosion cracking, plastic stress corrosion, chemical process development, plastic product behavior, fire-resistant plastic, management, technology management, fire-retardant polymer additive, fiber-reinforced plastic, high-temperature plastic, biodegradable plastic, plastic package, optical plastic, hydrophilic polymer, glass fiber polymer composite, composite material, chemical analysis, biocompatible polymer, automotive plastic

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