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Expert in Polymer Processing, Rheology and Composites, including Nanocomposites

Expert ID: 725205 West Virginia, USA

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Expert has personal experience with resin transfer molding and pultrusion. He has published work on modeling of pultrusion of vinyl ester composites. He teaches a graduate-level course on composite material processing.

Expert has been doing research on polymer nanocomposites since 1990. He has publications on barrier properties, flammability properties, mechanical properties, and thermal properties of nanocomposites. He has a well equipped laboratory for processing and characterization of nanocomposites. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Polymer Nanocomposites Handbook.

Expert set up a laboratory for extrusion compounding of polymers and additives in 2002. Available equipment includes a co/counter- rotating twin-screw extruder with a water bath and pelletizer. This equipment is used to conduct funded research and also proprietary research for area companies.

Expert's entire professional career, beginning with his Ph.D., has been devoted to understanding polymer processing operations. He has personal experience with thermoplastic polymer processing operations such as single and twin-screw extrusion, fiber spinning, film blowing and injection molding and thermosetting polymer processing operations such as hand lay up, compression molding, filament winding, resin transfer molding and pultrusion. He teaches a graduate-level course on processing of thermoplastics and a graduate-level course on processing of thermosets.

Expert has been involved with a major Department of Energy funded project on the recycling of polymers from end-of-life electronics. These are mainly polymers like ABS, Polycarbonate and their blends and HIPS. He has published extensively on strategies that one can employ to recycle commingled polymers into high-value applications.

Expert was trained as a rheologist, and he has personally contributed to the literature in the area of extensional flow of polymer solutions. He holds a U.S. Patent on a device that can be used to measure the extensional viscosity of mobile liquids using very small liquid volumes. He is the author of the second edition of "Polymer and Composite Rheology" published by Marcel Dekker in 2000.

Expert worked for the Monsanto Textiles Company early on in his career, and he has published on the topic of crystallization in PET and nylon 66, two of the most important fiber-forming polymers.

Expert has been working on improving wood/plastic composites since 2002. He has numerous publications devoted to every aspect of WPCs. Research topics include alkali treatment of wood fibers, use of a mixture of coupling agents, flame retardants for WPCs, use of ABS as the polymer matrix, addition of nanofillers to the matrix and foaming of WPCs. He has a well-equipped laboratory for work on WPCs including equipment for profile extrusion of WPCs and injection molding of WPCs.

Consultant for Shell Development Company, Westhollow Research Center, Houston, TX on the topic of lubricant viscoelasticityConsultant for Oxce Fuel Company, Windsor, CT on the topic of extensional flow of suspensionsConsultant for Hi-Tek Polymers, Vernon, TX on the topic of suspension rheologyConsultant for S.C. Johnson and Son, Racine, WI on the topic of polymer nanocomposites and polymer rheologyConsultant for Bayer MaterialScience, Pittsburgh, PA on the topic of polymer recycling

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Delaware
Year: 1975 Degree: B. Tech Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor and George & Carolyn Berry Chair Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate and graduate students and conducting scientific research
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: DuPont Washington Works Title: Visiting Research Scientist Department: Engineering Polymers Responsibilities: Research on twin-screw extrusion of polymers
Years: 1992 to 2003 Employer: West Virginia University Title: GE Plastics Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate and graduate students and conducting scientific research
Years: 1981 to 1992 Employer: State University of New York at Buffalo Title: Assistant Professor & Associate Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate and graduate students and conducting scientific research
Years: 1988 to 1988 Employer: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Title: Visiting Professor Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Giving seminars and teaching a course on polymer processing
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: Monsanto Textiles Company Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Polyester Fundamental Group Responsibilities: Fundamental research on polyethylene terephthalate textile fibers
Years: 1980 to 1980 Employer: University of California, Santa Barbara Title: Lecturer Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching heat transfer, polymers and thermodynamics

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 1985 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Conducted research on polymer viscoelasticity at the UNAM in Mexico City. Research was sponsored by Mexico's CONACYT.
Years: 1986 to 1986 Country / Region: Australia Summary: Conducted research on polymer rheology at Monash University in Melbourne. Research was sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation
Years: 1988 to 1988 Country / Region: India Summary: Taught polymer processing at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and gave lectures at research centers and Universities all over India
Years: 1990 to 1990 Country / Region: China Summary: Spent three weeks lecturing at Academia Sinica in Beijing and at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: Denmark Summary: Lectured and conducted research on polymer nanocomposites at Aalburg University in Aalburg

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Canadian Society of Rheology
Society of Rheology.
Society of Plastics Engineers.
Professional Appointments
1. Treasurer, Western NY section of the AIChE, 1985-1987.
2. Participated in the Society of Rheology Executive Committee meetings as an invited guest from 1995 to end of 2003. Editor of Rheology Bulletin during the same period.
3. Chaired sessions at, among others, AIChE, PPS, and various Polymer and Rheology meetings.
4. Director, SPE South East Ohio section since 1999. Secretary and Newsletter Editor since 2002.
5. Worked to establish a special SPE-sponsored annual seminar at WVU. The first seminar was held in March 2000.
6. Councilor, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2003 onwards.
7. Chair, SPE Seminars Committee, 2006-
8. Member SPE ANTEC Technical Program Committee, 2006-2007.
9. Member SPE Publications Committee, 2007-
10. Involved in the creation of a Special Interests Group within the Society of Plastics Engineers on the topic of “Plastics in Buildings and Construction” in 2007. Technical Program Chair for 2008.
11. Vice Chair of the “Plastics in Buildings and Construction” SIG of the SPE, 2007 onwards.
Awards / Recognition
Teacher of the Year Award – 1983 at SUNY Buffalo. Presented by Tau Beta Pi.
Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1993 1994.
Outstanding Researcher, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU, 1997-1998.
Outstanding Teacher, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU, 1997-1998.
Appointed Technical Advisor to the Polymers Alliance Zone of West Virginia, 1999-
“Best Academic Paper Award” from the Society of Plastics Engineers for papers presented at the 63rd Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) in Boston in 2005.
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 200 publications including 4 books; 2 patents regarding high thermal conductivity pastes and extensional viscometer for mobile liquids employing very small liquid volumes. Patent application on eco-friendly flame retardants for polymers is pending.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Has conducted on-site training courses for companies such as DuPont, S.C. Johnson & Son and Rhodia. Has given over 65 invited lectures all over the world.
Marketing Experience
Expertise, in experimental investigation and theoretical analysis of polymer processing operations involving both thermoplastics and thermosets. Non Newtonian fluid mechanics and rheology. Blending and compounding of polymers. Formulation of pressure-sensitive adhesives. Composite materials including nanocomposites and wood/plastic composites. Aging of Polymers and polymer recycling. Health effects of inhaling nanomaterials.
Other Relevant Experience
Use laboratory at the University to provide troubleshooting help to small and large polymer companies.

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