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Expert in Polymer (Plastics, Composites, & Fibers, Nanotechnology) Engineering & Science, Including Formulation, Processing, Characterization, Structure-Property Relationship, Nonwovens, and Coatings

Expert ID: 735150 Canada

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As a professional engineer and scientist, in addition to holding BS (2001), MS (2004), and Ph.D. (2016) in polymer (plastics, composites, & fibers) engineering & science, he has more than 17 years of work experiences in the relevant fields at University of Toronto, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, New Products Development Department of Renault and Peugeot car manufacturing plants at IKCo, and General Tire.

• 9 years of experience as a polymer (plastics & rubbers), (micro- & nano-) composites, & coatings formulating (compounding, additives), design (CAD, CAM), manufacturing (extrusion, coextrusion, injection, blow molding, film blowing, compression molding, rotational molding, thermoforming, & coating), quality control, & product development (process, test, scale-up, applications, & market) lead engineer at Renault automotive manufacturing co.
• Experience and knowledge of various automotive plastic composites, including SMC, BMC, GMT, LFT, and RTM.
• Comprehensive education, including BS, MS, & PhD (13 years) directly in the tailor-made-for-industry polymer (plastics & rubbers) engineering and science discipline with specialty in various polymers (including: high temperature, bio-based & biodegradable, polyolefins & engineering plastics, rubbers, additives, & TPEs) formulation, processing, design, manufacturing, and characterization from a few of the most accredited institutions in the field.
• Long hands-on experience with various polymers formulation & processing (extrusion, injection, foaming, spinning, blowing, 3D printing, coating, …) and various materials evaluation techniques (DSC, TGA, DMA, various Rheometry, TMA, Permeation, GPC, Instron, Impact, POM, SEM, TEM, FTIR).
• In-depth knowledge of polymeric materials physics, chemistry, and their structure-properties relationship, as well as their processing conditions (including the rheology, flow rate, and molding) to reach to the desired quality and performance in automotive, packaging, and filtration applications.
• Academic education and professional experience in project management, business planning, and technology commercialization.

Computer: MS Office, MS Access, CATIA, Inventor, SolidWorks, Mold Flow, AutoCAD, Origin, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Data Analysis, Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Methods, Python.
Project Management: WBS, CPM, Buffering or protecting bottlenecks, Resource allocation, estimation and budgeting, working with MS Project, Primavera, MindJet Mind Manager.
Business: Business planning & tech. commercialization, Business model Canvas (including value proposition, customer relationship, revenue stream, & cost structure), Market research, Marketing & sales.
Finance: Market analysis, Quantitative finance, Accounting (Income statement, Cash flow projection, Balance sheet).

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Toronto, CA

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2017 Degree: Postdoctoral Fellowship Subject: Polymer Engineering Institution: University of Minnesota
Year: 2016 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Polymer and Fiber Science and Nanotechnology Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 2004 Degree: MS Subject: Polymer Engineering & Science (Polymer Processing) Institution: Iran Polymer & Petrocehmical Institute (IPPI)*
Year: 2001 Degree: BS Subject: Polymer Engineering & Science (Polymer Processing) Institution: Amirkabir University of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to 2018 Employer: University of Toronto Title: Polymer R&D Engineer Department: Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities: • Leading a major $4M plastics composite manufacturing & testing research & development project (funded by Createx Technology & NSERC), including writing the proposals, design, & fabrication of custom-designed plastic manufacturing machines; selecting vendors, & purchasing processing & testing facilities, & doing their installation & maintenance; issuing SOPs, & following safety & lab standards; supervising & mentoring a group of about 14 university-graduates & 6 postdoc fellows on conducting research & development projects on producing different plastic nanocomposites and foams with superior performance, in lab-scale as well as their scaling up to industrial scale, and their characterizations; setting the project objectives, deliverables, & timelines; project members weekly meetings; dealing with different stake holders, & preparing the annual progress reports to the funding company to secure the project funding.
• Formulating and (reactive) compounding (twin screw extrusion & batch mixers) polymers (PP, PET, PE, PA, PLA, EVA, PVC, PC, PVDF, PTFE, PPS, PHB, PBAT, SEBS, EPDM, DCP, coupling agents, Sulfur and UV curing), fiber spinning & melt-blowing, to process (extrusion, reactive extrusion & injection molding), and performing scale-up of new hybrid nanocomposite & foam products, with improved performance, as well as, evaluating them (microscopy, image analysis, statistical analysis, DSC, TGA, DMA, MFR, XRD, FTIR, Instron & rheometry).
• Led the design & manufacturing project (~$100K) of a custom-designed extrusion compounding, spunbonding, & meltblowing machine, including generating conceptual design with SolidWorks & AutoCAD to fabricate in-situ nano-fibrillated composites with superior mechanical and thermal properties.
• Supervising and mentoring research assistants and research associates on conducting their projects, and training them on polymer processing (extrusion, injection, blowing, spinning), and characterization techniques.
• Communicated and negotiated (including RFQ) with major manufacturers of plastic processing (DSM, Brabender, Haake, Xplore) & evaluation facilities (TA Instrument, Anton Paar), and equipped the processing and characterization labs with new machines, including microcompounder, Hot Press, vacuum ovens, furnace, DMA, ARES-G2, DSC, Instron, SEM (overall ~ $600k).
• Working on patenting and commercialization of the new polymer technologies, and preparing proposal for funding through governmental organizations (Mitacs, OCE, and IRAP),
• Managing the plastic manufacturing & testing labs, following the appropriate lab procedures, OSHA (Occupational safety & health administration), & clean-room standards, and issuing laboratory SOP (standard operating procedures) for processing & characterization machines, plus performing their installation, maintenance, & troubleshooting.
• Working in research & development team-projects on design, manufacturing, & characterization of CNT, graphene, Boron nitride nanotube, and aerogel nanocomposites and foams.
• Business planning and technology commercialization including the value proposition, customer relationship, revenue stream, & cost structure, market research, marketing & sales.
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: University of Minnesota Title: Polymer R&D Engineer Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: • Compounded polymer blends, & made melt-blown nanofibers (PBT, PET, PS, PVDF, PTFE, PFA) for nonwoven filtration applications, & investigated their morphology (microscopy & image analysis, statistical analysis), physical (DSC, TGA, GPC), mechanical, & rheological (parallel plate and capillary rheometry) properties.
• Produced the thinnest fibers ever through a melt-based method, with the diameter of 36nm, through a new island-in- the-sea blending approach, and made hybrid nonwoven mats comprising nanofiber and microfiber layers with various surface properties for gas and liquid filtration applications, via collaboration with Cummins Inc.
• Managed the polymer processing and evaluation lab and supervised research assistants on conducting their projects, and trained them on polymer processing (extrusion, injection, film blowing, batch mixers) and characterization techniques (including issuing SOP).
Years: 2011 to 2016 Employer: North Carolina State University Title: Polymer Research Assistant Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: • Improved the gas barrier properties of a difficult-to-work-with polymer like highly hydrophobic PS and HIPS films for the record high of about 500 times, through coating (multilayer) method, and for more than 2 times through conventionally processable nanocomposite approaches (using HIPS, PET, recycled PET, EVA, PVAc, adhesives, clay), respectively, to process highly barrier films for food & beverage packaging applications.
• Developed new FDA-approved & optically clear nanocomposites with superior barrier properties against CO2 & O2, by improving the adhesion between polymer bulk and nanoparticles through developing a variety of innovative methods, via collaboration with United Resource Recovery Corporation (URRC), one of the largest PET recycling plants in the world and a major supplier of the Coca Cola.
• Experienced with various plastic waste management and recycling techniques, including state-of-the-art and FDA-approved bottle-to-bottle recycling of waste PET (closed-loop) to develop a circular economy.
• Proficiently conducted various characterization techniques to investigate physical mechanical & barrier properties, & melt flow behavior of novel polymer nanocomposites, through working with sorption & permeation cells, rheometry, SEM, microtomy, TEM, Optical Microscopy, ImageJ, XRD, DMA, DSC, TGA, Instron, pH meter.
• Managed the polymer processing and characterization lab, and supervised research assistants on conducting their projects, and trained them on polymer processing and characterization techniques.
Years: 2002 to 2011 Employer: Renault Automotive MFG plant at IKCo Title: Polymer R&D Engineer Department: New Product Development Responsibilities: • Founded and managed the Plastics, Rubbers, & Composites Engineering Group and their routine and R&D projects.
• Managed the polymer processing and characterization lab and the composite modeling shop.
• Established novel plastic/rubber hybrid composites with superior physical, mechanical, and rheological properties, through growing brushes, grafting, compounding, and processing of a variety of polymeric blends and composites.
• Formulated & compounded polymer blends (including masterbatch) & hybrid composites with various pieces of equipment, as single & twin screw extruders, batch mixer, injection molding, thermoforming, calendaring, & milling.
• Designed (CAD) & processed engineering polymer (blends, composites, textiles) (mainly based on PA, PP, PET, PBD, PU, ABS, TPO) automotive parts (under bonnet & trim parts (exterior and interior), & performed quality control tests (ISO, ASTM, DIN) on them, aiming at improved performance, customer demands, and reduced costs, in team projects within the frameworks of Stage-Gate (idea to launch), Lean six sigma, and 5-S protocols.
• Directed various characterization tests for different polymeric blends, composites, and textiles including mechanical testing (Instron, impact), rheometry (capillary, rotational, oscillatory), DMA, DSC, TGA, HDT, FTIR, and UV-Vis.
• As the Design MGMT consultant, recommended optimized polymers and processes, in various car design projects.
• Improved the crash resistance of vehicles, through leading research & feasibility study along with communicating & collaborating with major chemical companies, Dow, Henkel, & BASF to apply impact absorbent polymeric structural foams in automotive pillars, to be processed at the online paint-shop plant simultaneously with other paint processes.
• Performed design, evaluation, quality control (FMEA), & troubleshooting for chemical processes & materials involved in the online automotive paint-shop, as sealers, PVC under-body, cavity wax, damping sheets, and coatings.
• Experienced with different techniques of making polymeric composites, like hand-lay-up, RTM, SMC, and BMC, mainly for exterior parts with class A surfaces, and GMT for the bumper beam, as lightweight substitutions for metallic parts.
• Taught engineers, polymers processing, their properties, and their characterization techniques at the education center.
• Designed technical documents as Design Method Request (DMR), Test Plan, Product Design Specification (PDS), Bill of Materials (BOM), and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
• As a supply chain expert, recognized and evaluated the third party and external plastic parts and components manufacturers, and collaborated with them to improve their products quality to fulfill the existing standards.
• Collaborated with quality control department on applying Lean 6 sigma, Kaizen, and 5S on current projects.
• Planned & managed the projects with MS Project & Primavera (Gantt Chart, assigning resources, CPM, risk assessment, Crisis management, estimating and budgeting, meeting the deadlines).
• Renault Plant at IKCo, with the manufacturing volume of above 700,000 vehicles per annum, and about 40,000 employees, including about 3000 engineers, is the second largest plant of this major French car manufacturing company.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Plastech. Ltd. & Quest International Ltd. Title: Sales & Marketing Representative Department: Responsibilities: • Conducted market research and prepared marketing brochures for the polymer processing and characterization instruments, personal care, home care, fashion accessories, and nutritional products.
• Gave sales pitches including cold call and elevator pitch on polymer processing (batch mixer, extruder, injection molding, fiber spinning, hot press) and characterization (DSC, TGA, DMA, Rheometry, Viscometry, Instron, SEM, Optical microscopy) instruments, personal care, home care, fashion accessories, & nutritional products.
• Managing existing accounts and generating new accounts through CRM network (including SAP software), by cold & warm call prospecting to relevant call points, qualifying leads, customer site visit, follow-ups, preparing quotations, preparing PO.
• Trained on various techniques of marketing and sales.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Employer: General Tire & Rubber Co. Title: Elastomer Engineering Intern Department: Responsibilities: • Designed and processed different elastomer compounds (NR, SBR, IIR, PBD) through working with equipment like banbury, mixer mill, calendering, mold, autoclave
• Conducted various tests for tire and controlled their quality, like uniformity (Force variation, Run-out, Plysteer, conicity, sidewall bulge), rolling resistance, molding defects, NVH, ….

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASTM, Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE).
Licenses / Certifications
Additional Certificates and Trainings
• Lean & Six Sigma, Yellow Belt Certfiicate, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.
• Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, certificate by Microsoft Corp.
• Project Management Fundamentals I&II, Mitacs, Canada.
• Project Management, University of Toronto.
• Business Planning & Execution for Canadian Entrepreneurs, University of Toronto.
• Supply Chain Management & Logistics, University of Toronto.
• Technology Commercialization, University of Rochester.
• Discovering the Entrepreneur within, Mitacs, Canada.
• Basic and Intermediate Python programming language, University of Toronto.
• Machine Shop, George Brown College, Canada.
• Courses & Workshops including, Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Engineering Polymers, Polymer Additives, IPPI.
Publications and Patents Summary
Book Chapters: 1
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 16
Conference Proceedings: 25

Additional Experience

Other Relevant Experience
• Open Arms of Minnesota, Member (2017).
• Scientists without Borders, Member (2015).
• Engineers without Borders International, Member (2015).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Proficient
French Intermediate

Fields of Expertise

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