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Expert in Polymer Allloys and Blends, Plastics Additives, Impact Modifiers, PVC Formulation/Processing

Expert ID: 729194 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert has the expertise and fundamental training in polymers, especially in polymer alloys, where he holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in polymer science. During the course of his career, he first entered academia, becoming a full professor in the course of a year at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, in Mexico City.

He later helped found the Center for Scientific Research of Yucatán (CICY) which is now a major research institution in Mexico. After spending a year as a Visiting Scholar for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, he went into industrial research as a senior scientist with the Plastics Additives area of the Rohm and Haas Company (now part of Dow Advanced Materials) where he was elected a Research Fellow after 6 years.

Expert has experience in a broad spectrum of polymer-related areas. From poly(vinyl chloride), PVC formulation, processing and characterization to engineering polymer modification and melt-processing, especially in extrusion and injection molding, including polymer alloys and compatibilization, as well as in polyolefins. From a synthetic point of view, he has expertise in emulsion-based polymers, including their production and isolation.

Lately, he has added a working knowledge in polymeric tissue scaffold technology, as a provider of new ideas and projects for the new companies he is associated with.

During his tenure at the Rohm and Haas Company, he first developed several products for engineering resins and PVC, designing the additives from the start and participating as the team leader in various multifunctional groups, as part of the stage-gate process. In the latter part of his corporate career, he added technical service to his responsibilities, where he personally carried out trials and supported the technical service activity worldwide.

After taking early retirement from Rohm and Haas, he has become a consultant for industry and, working through H&C Scientific, is in the process of obtaining three patents from Intellectual Ventures. One of his ideas was selected for special financial support, which is only granted to about 1 % of the projects submitted.

Expert is the author or coauthor of over 40 technical papers, several book chapters, and more than 10 patents. He has done numerous presentations at industrial and academic symposia, in some of them as a keynote speaker. He is a referee for various technical journals and on the advisory board of one of them.

Chemical engineer with a strong polymer and materials science background. Extensive experience in product development and exploratory research. Proven project leader, eager to emphasize a team-based approach to develop new products and generate fundamental understanding. Well-known technical expertise applied in supporting global technical service, especially in the Latin American Region. Coaching, mentoring and training of both technical and non-technical staff. Highly sought-after internal consultant f advice in polymers and plastics and problem brainstorming.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST:
Polymer Blends and Alloys. Polymer Composite Materials
Fracture and Toughening of Polymers Fibers (Natural and Synthetic)
Rheology and Processing of Polymers

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Stamford, Connecticut - Baltimore, Maryland

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1976 Degree: MS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1973 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Plastics and polymers consultant
Years: 2013 to 2017 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Senior Scientist Department: Plastics Additives Responsibilities:  Lead the development of a new commercial additive for PVC and an impact modifier for nylon polymers
 Global technical support in polymer processing for engineering polymers, PVC and various other polymers.
Years: 2009 to 2013 Employer: Consultant Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Plastics and polymers consultant
Years: 1995 to 2009 Employer: Rohm and Haas Company Title: Research Fellow Department: Distinguished Scientist Plastics Additives Research Department / Packaging and Building Materials Responsibilities:  Lead a group the development of a new commercial additive for PVC that is still the highest selling product of its kind
 Provided guidance and technical insight into additive application in engineering resins and various technical service activities globally, but especially in Latin America
Years: 1988 to 1995 Employer: Rohm and Haas Company Title: Senior Scientist Department: Modifiers Research Department Responsibilities:  Lead a group the development of a new commercial additive for PVC that is still the highest selling product of its kind
 Provided guidance and technical insight into additive application in engineering resins and various technical service activities globally, but especially in Latin America

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society;
Society of Plastics Engineers
Professional Appointments
Research Fellow (Rohm and Haas Company);
Editorial Advisory Board (Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology)
Awards / Recognition
National Research Fellow (Mexico).
Highest Honors for B. S. Degree

Publications and Patents Summary
PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES
 17 Patents granted (several others pending or in the process of being filed)
 59 Publications in the open literature (including 27 refereed articles and 5 book chapters)
 Co-editor of two scientific books
 1 Textbook (Chemistry) Translated
 Participation in various congresses and symposia as a lecturer (key-note speaker at two symposia)

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish He is a native speaker
French He has taken several courses and stayed in France several times. He can carry out a simple conversation.
Italian He can carry out a simple conversation.

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