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Expert in Polymer Coating Technologies

Expert ID: 108444 Minnesota, USA

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Expert has designed numerous formulations serving commercial and industrial coating needs. Expert has experience in the development of coating products for graphic arts, inks, paints, lacquers, elastomerics, adhesives, chemically resistant coatings, decorative coatings, photosensitive coatings, anti-corrosive, and abrasive coatings. The focus of his business is in all types of coatings and processes, and he has been exposed to practically all aspects of coating technology. Expert is familiar with many polymer and copolymer chemistries including high solids, radiation cured, latex or water-based, and powder technologies. He has designed and structured an intensive two day course dealing with formulating technology and design for coating industries. Expert has the capabilities to perform research and development activities in the generation of custom coating formulation designs. Additionally, complete manufacturing facilities exist to permit compliant coatings manufacturing, including the toll manufacturing of various client-owned coating formations. These R&D and manufacturing services may be provided through Expert's organization, Van Technologies, Inc. To date, numerous organizations have benefited from Expert's design techniques dedicated to presenting an environmentally complaint solution to conventional coating problems.

Through his work designing coatings for various coating processes, Expert has gained experience with many of the processes themselves. He is knowledgeable in Mayer or wire rod coating, air knife, bead, brush, dip, curtain, conformal, roller, engraved roll or gravure, and extrusion coating. He is also familiar with rotary screen coating. Expert can answer questions on coating inspection, properties, raw materials, and selection. His development and research activities have included numerous coating applicators. In addition, Expert has directly employed numerous crosslinking techniques.

Expert has designed and manufactured numerous abrasion resistant coatings for plastics, glass, wood, and metals.

Having direct experience in various web coating processes, Expert is knowledgeable of air knife coating, bead coating, and waterborne and solvent borne coatings.

Expert's extensive experience in this area involves manual and high volume web coating processes.

Numerous chemical-resistant coating formulations have been developed by Expert including water borne, high solids, and radiation curable coatings. He is also familiar with epoxy, urethane, acrylic, and polyester chemical-resistant coatings.

Expert's direct experience with paper coatings includes solvent, water borne, and radiation curable coatings.

Expert has substantial experience in statistical experimental design, also called design of experiments (DOE). He has lectured on this topic and has presented a professional intensive course designed for the industrial environment. He has expertise in analysis of variance and evaluation via ANOVA. Expert has applied his knowledge in this area to his work in coating formulation design and processes, the chemical process industry, paper and pulp processing operations, printing processes, and other industrial processes.

Expert routinely uses Latin square as a screening tool for main variable effects according to linear mathematical models. He has used the statistical design of experiments (DOE) extensively, and he has excellent knowledge of structuring designs and its use in industry

Employing his knowledge of industrial coating processes, Expert is proficient in the theory and practical usage of central composite design processes.

Expert has had the opportunity to work with numerous polymers in an industrial environment. This work has provided him with a thorough knowledge of applied polymer chemistry in dealing with polymers and copolymers in solution and as mixtures. The polymers with which he has experience include acrylics, vinyls, esters, ethers, cellulosics, epoxies, melamines, phenolics, amines, formaldehyde condensates, urethanes, rubbers, and natural polymers. Expert has also studied polymer/solvent and polymer/polymer interactions, as well as both chain and condensation polymers and copolymers.

Expert has developed many photosensitive polymer coating formulations. The systems have used ultraviolet and electron beam as well as visible light to initiate the cure mechanism. Furthermore the chemistries include free radical and ionic mechanisms. The systems generate crosslinks or polymerize upon exposure to radiation thus changing their physical properties. Products with which Expert has had direct experience include inks, wood coatings, photoresists, photostencils, screenprinting stencils, and hard coats.

In order to solve many environmental compliance problems high solids have been used to significantly reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions in coating processes. Expert has formulated many thermosetting and thermoplastic systems including melamine-formaldehydes, phenol-formaldehydes, polyesters, polyurethanes, and epoxies. Each of the systems which Expert designed has required polymer selection, additives and coating characterization, and degree of cure characterization.

Expert has extensive working knowledge of water-based coating systems and formulations. The polymers involved in the systems which he has designed have been water soluble, water dispersions, or latex types and colloidal dispersions. Substantial use of surface chemistry was required. Through this work he gained an understanding of surfactants and wetting agents. Expert has direct experience working with water-based UV curables, adhesives, water-reducible and alkyd paints, and inks.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Duluth, Minnesota

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: MS Subject: Polymer Science and Engineering Institution: University of Massachusetts
Year: 1978 Degree: MA Subject: Biochemistry Institution: University of Scranton
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Biology Institution: University of Scranton

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1982 to 1991 Employer: The Chromaline Corporation Title: Director of Research and Development/Quality Control Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1978 to 1982 Employer: James River Graphics Title: Senior Chemist Department: Responsibilities:

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of polymers and resins; coating equipment and additives; chemicals; printing supplies and equipment; analytical supplies, services, and equipment; and mixing and dispersion equipment.

He has access to print materials (buyer's guides and catalogs), trade Journals, DIALOG database, the Thomas Register, societies and has industry contacts.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Fields of Expertise

coating formulation, polymer coating material, coating manufacturing, coating, coating material, coating applicator, coating crosslinking, abrasion-resistant coating material, air-knife coating process, web coating process, bead coating, Mayer rod coating, chemical-resistant coating material, coated paper, design of experiments, statistical design of experiments, analysis of variance, Latin square, central composite design, polymer, organic photochemistry, radiation hardening, radiation curing, high-solids organic coating material, water-based coating material, ultraviolet curing lamp, commercial coating, volatile organic compound reduction, anti-corrosive coating material, vinyl resin, curing mechanism, coating system, protective plastic coating, coating measurement, solvent coating material, urethane coating material, paper coating material additive, wood coating, rust-preventive coating material, plastic solvent, ISO 9000 series quality system standard, coating machinery, coating material failure analysis, coating-drying oven, coating drying system, glass adhesion, polyester film, statistical computer software, painting, silicone-release coating material, pressure-sensitive adhesive, materials safety data sheet, polymer corrosion, fire-resistant coating material, acrylic compound, latex, mixture experiment, cellulose ester, high-temperature adhesive, electronics radiation hardening, liquid rheological measurement, dimethyl phthalate, vinyl chloride, organosol, carbon black, ultraviolet spectroscopy, resin, styrene-butadiene rubber, wetting, water-based paint, toxic material handling, thermosetting adhesive, synthetic organic polymer, spray coating, roller coating process, polyvinyl acetate, polyolefin resin, polymer selection, polymer material analysis, pigment, photographic processing chemical, phenolic resin, organic chemistry, Newtonian flow, methyl cellulose, air-sensitive material handling, ink, defoaming, foaming, ethylene-vinyl acetate, epoxy resin, epoxy adhesive, emulsion polymerization, dye, desiccant, corrosive material handling, contact adhesive, coated pipe, automotive coating material, amino resin, alkyd resin, adhesive testing, adhesion theory, absorbent material, polymer abrasive wear

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