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Expert in Polymer Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Expert ID: 733614 Delaware, USA

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Expert has over 35 years' career experience in industry. Throughout his career, he was involved almost exclusively with polymer chemistry, spanning a wide range of experiences conducting fundamental research and within various businesses.

He has demonstrated the ability to lead large technical teams to successful endpoints on numerous occasions. He has a well-demonstrated broad technical skill base in polymer synthesis, processing, and characterization techniques, and he has demonstrated the flexibility to effectively use this skill base to architecturally design polymers in a number of areas to meet a wide variety of needs. The breadth of his work spans the areas of fiber formation, industrial polymers, pharmaceutically active polymers, medically relevant polymers, encapsulation and delivery, and polymeric coatings. For example, he created new liquid crystalline polyesters for various fiber applications. Expert then moved into pharmaceutical applications and discovered a new hydrogel bile acid sequestrant used to lower cholesterol. Again, he moved to work involved with a packaging graphics business and led a large technical team to the successful discovery and development of a new polymeric coating material to replace the metal cladding on printing cylinders.

The aforementioned work has afforded him a very broad background in a number of different polymer families. It has also allowed him to develop a deep understanding of polymer structure-property relationships designed to deliver specific properties for a number of end-use applications.

Expert obtained a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. During this time he was involved with the synthesis and characterization of new and unusual sulfurane species using aromatic lithiation techniques, which he developed. Upon working in industry primarily doing polymer synthesis and characterization, He used his knowledge of organic chemistry to synthesize, purify, and characterize new monomers used in the production of novel polymeric species.

Specializes in delivering technical solutions to a variety of problems involving the synthesis, characterization, and processing of new and unusual monomer and polymer systems designed for a wide range of applications. Expert provides expertise in the following areas:

• High-performance polymers, including liquid crystalline, polyamides, polyimides, and polyesters.
• Hydrogels designed for active delivery systems or as pharmaceutically active agents.
• Elastomers, including TPEs and polyether-urea-urethanes.
• Specialty polymers including biologically derived, hyperbranched, and conductive polymers.
• Polymerization processes including condensation, solution, suspension, and emulsion systems.
• Polymer processing including fiber formation and film formation, extrusion/compounding, injection molding and blow molding.
• Polymer end-use development for a wide variety of applications ranging from high performance composite structures to polymeric pharmaceuticals.
* Degradable and recyclable polymeric materials.
• Organic Synthesis of monomers and other small molecules.
• Literature and patent search strategies.
• Patent and patent writing strategies.
• Business strategies.
• Project leadership.
• Tutoring / Mentoring.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Trenton, New Jersey - Camden, New Jersey - Wilmington, Delaware - Baltimore, Maryland - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, IL
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Purdue - W. Lafayette, IN

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Monomer / Polymer Systems Responsibilities: Expert's firm specializes in delivering technical solutions to a variety of problems involving the synthesis, characterization, and processing of new and unusual monomer and polymer systems designed for a wide range of applications.
Years: 2002 to 2016 Employer: Dupont Title: Research Fellow Department: Hydogel Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for the inception of new research areas. He carried out research in new business and relevant areas, also leading teams to the successful conclusion of new product concepts. He created appropriate proprietary intellectual property (IP).
Years: 1995 to 2002 Employer: Dupont Title: Senior Research Associate Department: Central Research Responsibilities: He led efforts to explore new polymers and monomers derived from biotechnology. He discovered and developed new hydrogel forms for separations and other end-use applications.
Years: 1991 to 1995 Employer: Experimental Station Title: Research Associate Department: Central Research Responsibilities: He led efforts with pharmaceuticals to discover and develop a new hydrogel-based bile acid sequestrant to be used as a drug to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Years: 1985 to 1991 Employer: Not Available Title: Senior Research Chemist Department: Central Research Responsibilities: He discovered and developed new melt processable elastomers and degradable polymers for use in various textile applications and degradable products.
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: . Title: Research Chemist Department: Textile Fibers / Central Research Responsibilities: Expert discovered and developed new liquid crystalline polyesters and hyperbranched polyesters for various end use applications.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Indiana State Scholarship - 1972
Phi Beta Kappa - 1976
Phi Eta Sigma - 1974
Phi Kappa Phi - 1974
Alpha Chi Sigma (Beta Nu Chapter, former President (Master Alchemist) and Vice President) - 1974-1976
Phi Lambda Upsilon - 1975
Sigma Xi - 1982
American Chemical Society - 1976 - present
Licenses / Certifications
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification - 2006
Awards / Recognition
• Accomplishment Award for Bile Acid Sequestrant Ivestigational New Drug (IND) Nomination (DuPont – Merck Pharma)
• Director’s Award for Discovery of New Bile Acid Sequestrants (CR&D)
• Team Award - Corporate Environmental Respect Award (Awarded for biodegradable polyester – BIOMAX)
• DACRON Technical Award “Passion for Renewal” (Fibers)
•Technical Accomplishment Award for Creativity in Melt Spinnable Elastomer Synthesis (Fibers)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the inventor on 34 issued U.S. patents and 16 additional published patent applications. He is also an author/co-author for 14 publications.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Limited reading ability

Fields of Expertise

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