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Expert in Polymer Coatings, Adhesives Development, Polymer Characterization, Expert Witness

Expert ID: 108281 Utah, USA

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Expert is actively involved in the development of a wide range of polymer films and coatings for his clients. He has particular expertise in the development of ultraviolet and electron-beam-curable coatings, both clear and pigmented. He has developed close working relationships with most of the materials suppliers in the radiation curing industry, and also with several of the key equipment vendors. This has allowed him to develop both materials and processes in conjunction with his clients and the vendors. He has developed coatings for optical devices, ophthalmic lenses, magnetic media, optical storage, and primers for a wide range of substrates.

Most of Expert's career has been devoted to developing structure/property relationships for polymeric materials. He has learned to use a wide variety of analytical techniques, including thermal analysis, dynamic mechanical and dielectric spectrometry, FTIR, NMR, GPC, light-scattering, and UV/visible spectroscopy to analyze polymeric materials. He has also learned to integrate the results of those methods into a clearer picture of the structure of the materials and how they can best be tailored for a given application. This allows him to serve as an effective interface between a product development group and an analytical chemist.

Expert has developed UV-curable abrasion resistant coatings for ophthalmic lenses, plastic glazing materials, filament-wound pressure vessels and skis. The coatings are currently in commercial use by a number of industrial firms.

Expert was a founding member of the technical team for Optical Data, Incorporated. He assisted in setting up the laboratory, developed the materials technology and participated in business and technical discussions with licensees and potential customers and licensees. He assisted in materials development for Eyeonics, Inc., a start-up devoted to development of electrochromic eyewear. He was a founder of Chemical Biosensors, Inc. a start-up dedicated to development and commercialization of toxic hazard detection sensors. He served as a consultant to iSense Corporation, where he assisted in the development of continuous blood glucose sensors and related equipment. He is currently President and Chief Technical Officer for a start-up company that is commercializing UV-curable materials in a range of industrial applications.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Salt Lake City, Utah - Provo, Utah - Sandy, Utah - Orem, Utah - Ogden, Utah - West Jordan, Utah - Layton, Utah

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Utah
Year: 1970 Degree: B.S./M.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Scientist Department: Responsibilities: Expert is the principal scientist for this organization. His responsibilities include long-term technical development projects as well as short term consulting projects and expert witness services.
Years: 1990 to 2005 Employer: Title: Principal Scientist Department: Responsibilities: Expert was the President and Principal Scientist. He developed a wide range of products and processes in UV-curable coatings and adhesives, sensors for biomedical applications and fungicidal treatments.
Years: 1984 to 1990 Employer: Optical Data, Inc. Title: Advisory Scientist Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: Expert was one of the first members of the senior technical team for this start-up company. He headed the polymer analysis group and was responsible for formulation of coatings, characterization of materials and served as technical liaison with company licensees.
Years: 1977 to 1984 Employer: Kodak Research Laboratories Title: Research Chemist Department: Responsibilities: Expert headed the GPC laboratory and Thermal Analysis laboratory in the Research Laboratories. He increased the capabilities of both laboratories, expanding their instrumentation and levels of service. He then served as a development chemist for instant photographic products and photoresist products.
Years: 1970 to 1973 Employer: Exxon Research & Engineering Company Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert began his career at Exxon in their Elastomers Research Laboratory, working on process development for EPDM elastomers. Subsequently he transferred to the Environmental Engineering group and carried out field studies of wastewater treatment technologies.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1972 to 1973 Country / Region: Venezuela Summary: Conducted field trials of secondary wastewater treatment methods.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society-Polymer Division, PMSE, and the
Society of Plastics Engineers.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has four U.S. patents granted and several other applications in process. He has over 20 publications in refereed journals.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as an expert witness in cases involving breast implants, patent litigation, and product liability suits.
Training / Seminars
He has taught university courses in polymer characterization, biomedical applications of polymers, and polymer photochemistry. He also has presented seminars on UV/EB curing technology. He is available for seminars in polymer characterization and radiation curing (UV and E-beam) of polymers.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors in the following areas: analytical instruments, such as thermal analysis, mechanical testing, IR, and HPLC/GPC; specialty resins and monomers; dyes, especially near infrared and fluorescent; coating equipment; clean room and process equipment. He has access to the following resources: files and personal contacts.
Other Relevant Experience
He has been involved in the development of a number of products that must be deposited on substrates as films or coatings. As a result, he has headed up process development efforts in the use of web coating (photographic products and optical media), spin coating (optical media and photoresists), printing (gravure processes, pad-printing, and screen-printing), and spray coating. He has conducted coating trials, evaluated coating performance, and tailored coatings to the needs of a given process and product application.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.
French He reads French.
Japanese Speaks conversational Japanese.

Fields of Expertise

polymer coating material, polymer chemistry, polymer material analysis, polymer characterization, polymer property, polymer structure, polymer structure-property relationship, polymeric material, abrasion-resistant coating material, entrepreneurship, polymer photochemistry, atomic layer deposition, polymer processing, pigmented coating, ultraviolet-curable polymer, lens coating material, polymer deposition, web coating process, multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, fiberglass adhesion, plastic adhesion, polyester film, differential-scanning calorimetry, thin-film application, attenuated total-reflectance spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, electron-beam polymer curing, adhesive tape-coating material, wear-resistant coating material, thin-film deposition, acrylic compound, epoxy coating material, ultraviolet-curable coating material, plastic material, ultraviolet-curable adhesive, pad printing, ophthalmic device, ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, plastic film, coating material, mechanical test, thin-film analysis, specific heat, acrylic resin, polymer crosslinking, polysilicone, ultraviolet spectroscopy, ultraviolet absorption, ultraviolet polymer curing, infrared polymer curing, plastic wear-resistant coating material, urethane polymerization, thin film, thermomechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, thermal analysis, synthetic organic polymer, spray coating, spectroscopy, screen printing, rubber, roller coating process, rheology, radiation curing, protective coating material, polyurethane, polymer, polymer selection, polymer physical chemistry, polymer dielectric property, pigment, photoresist, organic coating material, optical thin film, optical plastic, optical coating material, magnetic material, liquid coating material, light scattering spectroscopy, homopolymer, free radical polymerization, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, film, extrusion coating process, epoxy resin, epoxide polymerization, elastomer, dye, differential thermomechanical analysis, differential thermogravimetric analysis, dielectric thermal analysis, copolymer formulation, coating, chemical analysis, calorimetry, absorption spectroscopy

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