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Expert in Polymer and Coatings R&D

Expert ID: 735056 Ohio, USA

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Expert obtained his Ph.D in 1965. He possesses 37 years’ experience in supporting product R&D and problem-solving for the decorative/architectural, packaging, liquid industrial (wood, gelcoat, coil, ED, gen. metals) and powder coatings businesses. His experience therein is underpinned by his competencies and skills in:

• Strategic Planning of R&D
• Technical Leadership
• Organizational Development
• Staff Recruitment, Development, Management
• Budget Management and Cost Control
• Technology and Product Development
• Product Problem Solving
• Technology Transfer and Leveraging
• Polymer and Coatings Characterization
• Application of Computer Technology to R&D

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Cleveland, Ohio - Akron, Ohio - Youngstown, Ohio - Canton, Ohio - Lorain, Ohio - Lakewood, Ohio - Elyria, Ohio - Euclid, Ohio - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Erie, Pennsylvania

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Physical Chemistry (Minor in Physics) Institution: University of Wisconsin at Madison
Year: 1961 Degree: B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) Subject: Chemistry (Minors in Mathematics and Physics) Institution: University of Miami

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert has worked a polymer and coatings consultant from 1999 to present. In this role, he provides R&D consulting services for product problem-solving and new product development with an emphasis on polymer and coatings characterization, analysis, and testing; litigation support; and interaction with and monitoring of academic and federal labs R&D efforts.
Years: 1970 to 1999 Employer: ICI Paints Title: Various Department: Responsibilities: Expert served this $1.5 billion coatings company in a number of roles. Most recently, he was Principal Scientist in the Materials Science and Analytical Services division from 1983-1999 (just over 15 years). Before this time, he was Senior Scientist in Polymer and Coatings Research from 1978-1983. Previously, from 1971-1978, He was Technical Manager of Fundamental and Computer Sciences. He began his tenure with ICI as Section Head of Fundamental and Analytical Sciences from 1970-1971.

During his time with the company, Expert was responsible for polymer physics, analytical services, scientific computing, technical information services and interactions with the academic community. Responsibilities included a staff of 30, a $3.2 million operating budget and a capital budget of $250,000 for instrumentation. Responsibilities have also included managing polymer chemistry and coatings research departments. He reported to V.P of R&D for ICI Paints. During this time, Expert:
• Directed the growth of an external (to ICI Paints) polymer characterization support services business to over $700,000 after two years.
• Reduced latex and packaging coating resin cycle time and optimized product/process through participation in an ICI multi business team to develop new online sensor technology (near IR, viscometry, dielectric, particle size) for monitoring polymerization reactors which involved networking across ICI and the North American academic community.
• Avoided product liability (over $2 million/year) in packaging and decorative coatings businesses and supported new product development and product problem-solving through development of an effective polymer characterization and analysis capability.
• Commercialized and licensed patented particle size instrumentation resulting in $400,000 profit on technology developed for internal use. Received two Glidden awards for Technical Excellence.
• Developed continuous GPC viscometer, subsequently commercialized by Waters Associates, which provides absolute MWD and branching data.
• Facilitated faster powder coatings product introduction into the market place and growth of Glidden as the second largest powder coating manufacturer in North America through the development and effective application of unique characterization methodology.
• Facilitated improved product consistency/quality and faster product introduction to the market place for latex polymer and water borne coatings through the development and application of focused characterization and QC methodology.
• Facilitated market place introduction of high solids coatings through the analysis of oligomers to understand and optimize the structure/morphology/property/end use relationships of coatings products.
• Managed ICI North American networking with the academic community with a research portfolio of over $1 million per annum.
• Developed coatings industry state of the art technical skill base in GPC, particle size analysis, cure chemistry and physics, thermal analysis, rheology and microscopy.
• Significantly improved the skill base in the Analytical Services Department in IR, GC, IH, LC, and organic/inorganic analyses.
• Restructured Polymer Physics and Analytical Services Departments to function as an integrated unit and provide customer satisfaction.
• Managed the establishment of research center local area network and scientific computing capability.
• Directed the development of a cost effective custom tailored LIMS system to effectively manage the polymer and coatings characterization capability.
Years: 1965 to 1970 Employer: Monsanto Company Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Central Research Department Responsibilities: As Senior Research Scientist, Expert developed the characterization method for nylon-6 composites and other exploratory polymers and composites. He also developed fundamental methodology for GPC analysis of polymers.
Years: 2001 to 2007 Employer: Eastern Michigan University Title: Director Department: Coatings Research Institute Responsibilities: As Director of this U.S. university's Coatings Research Institute, Expret administrated generate funding for CRI staff and faculty from research grants from industry and government agencies; NSF I/UCRC Coatings Research Center membership fees; and Polymer and Coatings Short Course profits. He also generated indirect cost revenue for the university from research grants. He promoted donations of instruments and equipment to CRI from industry and expanded instrumentation infrastructure from research grants as well. Among others, Expert's responsibilities included a staff of 8, including four faculty, two adjunct faculty, and a range of graduate assistants and undergraduate students. He directed research of some of the graduate and undergraduate students. He reported to the Dean of the College of Technology.
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Responsibilities: For the last two decades, Expert has served two U.S. universities as Adjunct Professor -- within the Department of Macromolecular Science and the Department of Polymers and Coatings, respectively.
Years: 1986 to 1996 Employer: Kent State University Title: Adjunct Professor and Industrial Advisor Department: Chemistry Department Responsibilities: Expert served this U.S. university as Adjunct Professor and Industrial Advisor within the Chemistry Department's Coatings Research and Education Program.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• American Chemical Society (ACS) (1961-present)
• Cleveland Section of ACS (1970-present)
• Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) and American Coatings Association (ACA) (1970-present)
• Cleveland Society for Coatings Technology (1970-present)
• Detroit Color Council (2001-2007)
• Division of Polymer Chemistry of the ACS (1967-present)
• Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering of the ACS (1967-present)
• POLYED - Joint Polymer Education Committee of the Divisions of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, and Polymer Chemistry (1988-1997)
• Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (1984-2000)
• Division of Analytical Chemistry (1984-2000)
• North American Thermal Analysis Society (1984-2000)
• American Association for the Advancement of Science (1965-1972)
• American Physical Society (1962-1965)
• American Institute of Chemists: Member (1971-1974), Fellow (1974-1980)

Expert has maintained membership in numerous professional society activities as well.
Professional Appointments
Expert has participated in numerous external technical review and oversight activities.
Awards / Recognition
Expert has earned numerous external scientific awards and recognitions.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 5 patents, 144 publications, and over 200 technical presentations. He has 22 edited ACS Symposium Series and Advanced Series Volumes.

Expert has lectured at many universities, including the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace College, University of Waterloo,University of Southern Mississippi, University of Missouri at Rolla, North Dakota State University, University of South Florida at Tampa, Kent State University, and Eastern Michigan University.

Expert is a well-known lecturer at local and national meetings of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, American Chemical Society, Gordon Research Conferences, The Water-Borne and Higher SolidsConference, The International Conference in Organic Coatings in Athens, Greece, and the International IUPAC Colloid Science meeting. He has organized and lectured in ACS workshops on particle size analysis, cure characterization, and Size Exclusion Chromatography and Film Formation. He has been an invited course lecturer by the State University of New York at New Paltz, Institute of Materials Science in Coatings, and Colloid Science Short Courses in the U.S. and in Japan.

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