Expert in Polymer Science
Expert ID: 727776 South Africa
|Year: 1999||Degree: PhD||Subject: Polymer Science||Institution: University of Stellenbosch|
|Year: 1994||Degree: MSc||Subject: Polymer Science||Institution: University of Stellenbosch|
|Year: 1992||Degree: BSc Honours||Subject: Chemistry||Institution: Potchefstroom University|
|Year: 1990||Degree: BSc||Subject: Chemistry and Computer Science||Institution: Potchefstroom University|
|Years: 2009 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Senior Researcher||Department: Process Engineering||Responsibilities: • Assist with postgraduate research.
Writing of articles based on previous MSc and PhD work.
Assist with establishing knowledge regarding CO2 sequestration and in particular with regard to separation processes and chemistry.
Research pertaining to environmentally friendly polymers.
Contract research and consulting to industry.
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Research Engineer||Department: Research Division||Responsibilities: High level research into the design of novel polymer architectures that allow access to new market opportunities for polyolefins.
The development of high throughput experimental techniques for fast polymer and catalyst design using QSAR.
Educating scentists in the use of statisticaly designed experimental techniques and mathematical modeling of polymerization reactions.
|Years: 2001 to 2008||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Chief Scientist||Department: R&D||Responsibilities: Explore the use of controlled/"living" radical polymerization within the petrochemical industry such as in fuel additives.
Design and synthesis of improved catalysts to commercialize controlled radical polymerization.
Chemical and mechanical characterization of polymers including polyolefins and polyacrylics
Leading and managing projects stemming from research into the application of controlled radical polymerization and networking with business units within the company and outside to establish joint cooperation on the development of new products.
Homogeneous catalyst development with special emphasis on tandem oligomerization/copolymerization catalysis.
Development of PE waxes using novel catalyst system.
Investigate the use of nanotechnology for the development of new Fischer-Tropsch catalysts and supports
Developing new technology based on raw materials produced by the company such as Superabsorbent polymers from Acrylic Acid.
Interact with Institutions/Universities to do fundamental research.
Lead, manage and coordinate projects and act as mentor for junior scientist.
Line manager for 5 staff members.
|Years: 1998 to 2001||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Research Manager||Department: Research Centre||Responsibilities: Undertake and oversee fundamental research in the area of polymer science with emphasis on free radical polymerization.
Liaise with and co-ordinate interaction between academic institutions and the Plascon Research Centre (PRC).
Responsible for the training of new staff and to organize training schedules throughout the company.
Co-ordinate and partake in projects with international companies in the NOVA club and other companies such as BASF and Rohm and Haas.
Develop new technology for the paint industry by evaluating existing technology from suppliers and using technology created at the PRC through academic and industrial interaction.
Optimize and improve existing processes in the company.
Manage and direct students doing MSc level research on sponsorships from Plascon
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Country / Region: Austria||Summary: •High level research into the design of novel polymer architectures that allow access to new market opportunities for polyolefins.
•The development of high throughput experimental techniques for fast polymer and catalyst design using QSAR.
•Educating scientists in the use of statistically designed experimental techniques and mathematical modeling of polymerization reactions.
|Promoted to Chief Scientist (level 4b) in SASOL Technology in 2007.|
|Awards / Recognition|
|2007: Obtained an award from INNOCENTIVE.com for a computerized model of polymer diffusion.
2009: INNOCENTIVE.com award for New Methods to Detect Pathogens.
|Medical / Professional|
2002: Attended a course on Millenium software for GPCV at WATERS Corp. at Milford USA - received certificate
2003: Attended basic chemical engineering course - received certificate
2005: Project coordination certificate – SASOL.
2006: Hazard Identification and Operations course.
2007: Petrochemical Markets and Economics – The Impact of Feedstocks and Costs on Competitiveness and Business Strategy.
2008: Advanced Catalysis for Polypropylene and Polyethylene.
2008: Advanced Polymer Characterization.
2008: Advanced Design of Experiments and Optimization using gradient technique.
2017: Professional Certificate in Chemical Engineering and Plant Design.
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Currently he has co-authored 12 international publications and 3 international patents.|
Fields of Expertise
applied science, carbon dioxide chemical reaction, chemistry, computer science, economics, plastic manufacturing, plastic physical property, polymer additive, polymer alloy, polymer blend, polymer chemistry, polymer compatibility, polymer drug-delivery microsphere, polymer mechanical property, polymer modification, polymer modification chemistry, polymer morphology, polymer physical chemistry, polymer physics, polymer science, polymer structure-property relationship, polymer thermal analysis, polymerization reactor control, science, coating industry