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Expert in Polymers, Plastics, Elastomers, Compounding, Multi-Phase Barrier Alloys, Composites

Expert ID: 727454 New Jersey, USA

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He has an outstanding record of providing innovative & disruptive solutions and improving bottom line results by developing high margin value-added products, as a customer-focused problem-solver with expertise in plastics, polymers, rubber, composites, compounding, packaging & specialty products, results-driven with demonstrated ability to profitably position corporations in today’s volatile markets via superior strategic product development, product positioning & introduction of new products and cost optimization. + Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering. + > 20 years in consulting business Technical Projects & Assistance with Innovation, Expert Help & Expert Witness & Testimony in Patents, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer & Product Liability Issues, Marketing Studies & "Voice of the Market" Feedback, Services for Investment Banking & Research and Materials Expertise for "Green" /Sustainability.+ Results-oriented with over 30 years in R & D, product, process & business development, sales & marketing, technical service, introduction & commercialization of new products, business & general management at chemical, plastics and paper companies such as Chemplex Co. (now part of Lyondell-Basell), Air Products & Chemicals, BP Chemicals, International Paper, PolyOne, and Crane Plastics.+ Inventor on 65 patent applications resulting in over $1 billion in new annual sales so far. Published 13 papers in professional journals. Presented > 45 papers at regional national & international professional conferences.+ Developed & implemented strategic plan to grow specialty business unit of BP Chemicals sales 9 times in 6 years. Personally handling global sales & marketing and global new business development, managed operations, developed new applications & new markets. Introduced 10 new products to increase market share in market niche from 17% to 70%.+ Improved quality & doubled plant production rate of TPO/TPV product line dramatically in 6 months.+ Doubled sales for 4 product lines to > $100 million annually & turned around profitability. + Expert Witness in lawsuit in automotive TPOs & 3 other cases & 4 patent disputes.

Specialties:+ Chemistry Formulation Selection Processing & Technology of all polymers, thermoplastics, elastomers, Plastics Elastomer & Rubber Polyolefins Polyethylene HDPE LLDPE LDPE PP Nylons EVOH ABS Bio-Polymers Styrenics Polyesters & Engineering Plastics + Polymer Compounding Reinforced & Filled Thermoplastics Polymer Alloy Compatibilization Wood & Cellulose Fiber Plastic Composites Reactive Extrusion & Grafting Masterbatches TPE & TPV Wire & Cable Compounds + Material Selection & Optimization of Cost, Quality, Sustainability, Permeability Properties, Performance & Intellectual Property Strategy to maximize the bottom line! + Technology of the interface (Critical for Combining one Polymer with or Adhering to another Polymer or Substrate (metal, wood, paper, minerals, concrete, etc.) for Compatibilization of Alloys, Blends & Composites, Reactive Extrusion, Adhesion, Release, graft copolymer & grafting, Chemical & Polymer Compatibility, Multi-layer Co-extrusion & Tie-layers, Compounding, Coupling Agents, Composites with Minerals, Glass & other fiber & Filler Reinforcement and Any Multi-Phase systems + Cast & Blown Film, Foam, Sheet, Profile, Extrusion, Lamination, Thermoforming, Extrusion Coating, Lamination Blow, Injection Molding & other Processes. + Elastomer chemistry compounding formulation selection structure elastomeric compound ethylene-propylene rubber recycled tire EPDM thermoplastic elastomer vulcanizate Santoprene synthetic elastomer + Materials for packaging, wire & cable, building materials, automotive, appliance, defense an

Examples of his Product Development & R&D projects include:
+ Provided technology & product licensing for wire & cable company overseas.
+ Developed proprietary PET-LCP alloys for barrier and mechanical properties & developed TPVs based on PP-EPR, PP-NBR, and PP-SBR for client companies to get into new markets.
+ Developed several high margin proprietary specialty films and packaging materials including multi-layer extrusion coated and laminated with films, foil and paper, which resulted in new annual sales of $100 million.
+ Comparative property evaluations of LDPE films to study the effect of diatomite and perlite as anti-blocking agents.
+ Compared diatomite, nepheline, synite and talc as anti-blocking additives in LDPE and LLDPE films.
+ Developed specialty nylon compounds for moisture-resistant flexible packaging with new annual sales of $150 million.
+ Developed cardiology catheter and an elastomer tubing for single pump housing for medical device companies with new annual sales of $300 million.
+ Developed several applications using cellulose fibers and recycled crumb rubber for various markets.
+ Developed numerous thermoplastic elastomer products and engineering plastics compounds for various companies.
+ Characterized cryo-ground recycled tire rubber & developed compounds based on this ultra-fine ground powder.
+ Developed compounds with inter-polymers for a large multi-national chemical company.Examples of his Expert Witness consulting experience include:
+ Served as Expert Witness in 4 product liability lawsuits, one in automotive TPOs (which went to trial and his side won), two in polyolefin and ABS injection molded parts (one was settled out of court and the other was dismissed based on his finding)
+ Provided consulting services and expert witness expertise in four patent disputes.Examples of his Business Development & Marketing Studies consulting experience include: :
+ Conducted marketing study for multi-layer co-extrusion for client company to enable them to enter the market.
+ Provided due diligence (technical and commercial assessment) for numerous financial, strategic & investment ventures.
+ Served as expert panelist and conductor of expert forums for product & market development companies.
+ Conducted a marketing study of applications and demands for a new functional polymer to determine whihc type of application and market segment the company should focus on.
Examples of his Training Courses experience include:
+ Developed "Introduction to High Barrier Packaging" Course.
+ Developed courses in Material Selection & Substitution, Polymer Compounding, and Adhesion of Polymers for Univ. of N. Carolina at Charlotte.
+ Developed training courses on "Basics of Intellectual Property for Chemists and Engineers", "Compatibilization of Polymer Alloys, Blends and Composites", and "Reactive Compounding of TPEs and TPVs".

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Stamford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1988 Degree: Certificate Subject: Executive Entrepreneurship & Management Institution: Darden School of Business, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Year: 1979 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Polymer Science & Engineering Institution: Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Year: 1974 Degree: Master of Science by Research Subject: Chemistry Institution: Univ. of Bombay, Bombay, India
Year: 1968 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Chemistry (major) and Physics (minor) Institution: Univ. of Bombay, Bombay, India

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President & Consultant Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Consulting company that provides technical, intellectual property and marketing consulting services in polymers, plastics, elastomers, compounding and packaging.
+ Conducted marketing study for multi-layer co-extrusion for client company to enable them to enter the market.
+ Provided technology & product licensing for wire & cable company overseas.
+ Developed proprietary PET-LCP alloys for barrier and mechanical properties & developed TPVs based on PP-EPR, PP-NBR, and PP-SBR for client companies to get into new markets.
+ Developed courses in Material Selection & Substitution, Polymer Compounding, and Adhesion of Polymers for Univ. of N. Carolina at Charlotte.
+ Developed several high margin proprietary specialty films and packaging materials including multi-layer extrusion coated and laminated with films, foil and paper, which resulted in new annual sales of $100 million.
+ Developed specialty nylon compounds for moisture-resistant flexible packaging with new annual sales of $150 million.
+ Developed cardiology catheter and an elastomer tubing for single pump housing for medical device companies with new annual sales of $300 million.
+ Developed several applications using cellulose fibers and recycled crumb rubber for various markets.
+ Developed numerous thermoplastic elastomer products and engineering plastics compounds for various companies.
+ Provided due diligence (technical and commercial assessment) for numerous financial, strategic & investment ventures.
+ Characterized cryo-ground recycled tire rubber & developed compounds based on this ultra-fine ground powder.
+ Developed compounds with inter-polymers for a large multi-national chemical company.
+ Served as expert panelist and conductor of expert forums for product & market development company.
+ Developed training courses on "Basics of Intellectual Property for Chemists and Engineers", "Compatibilization of Polymer Alloys, Blends and Composites", and "Reactive Compounding of TPEs and TPVs".
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Innovations Director Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: + Directed all R&D intellectual property long term strategic planning business development & stage gate process in the building materials industry with PVC, polyolefins, EPS, PU, concrete & stone products for exterior applications.
+ 3 patent applications filed.
Years: 2002 to 2006 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Technology Leader Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Led Product Development, Technical Service, Market Development and Plant Support for filled & reinforced polyolefins, moisture-crosslinkable silane-grafted polyolefins, TPEs, TPVs, nano-compounds and wire & cable compounds with improvements in mechanical, electrical, acoustical, thermal, conductive, insulative, fire-retardant, abrasive, softness and other properties.
+ Developed many new reactive processed alloys, blends, and composite compounds for new application resulting in profitable new annual sales of $50 million.
+ Doubled sales for 4 product lines to over $100 million annually and turned around profitability.
+ Filed 8 patent applications for new value-added compounds, resulting in new annual sales of over $150 million.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: FiberTech Polymers, Inc., Newport Beach, CA Title: Senior VP & Chief Technical Officer Department: Responsibilities: Directed & conducted technical, marketing, manufacturing and business development for startup plastics manufacturing business based in California.
+ Developed proprietary cellulose fiber polyolefin composites for injection molding, profile & sheet extrusion and thermoforming applications. Starting from scratch on a "new to the world" product, we ran trials at over 35 companies in less than 6 months.
Years: 1995 to 2001 Employer: International Paper, Tuxedo, NY & Loveland, OH Title: Manager, Applied Polymer Science & later Venture Project Manager Department: Corporate R&D Responsibilities: Led technical group to initiate, execute and commercialize projects that provided value related to the use of polymers and coatings in packaging and other markets.
+ Initiated several new projects in fillers, blends, composites, release, sealing & adhesion, co-extrusion, coatings, innovative designs for expanding existing products and entering new markets, using polymers such as PE, PP, PET, nylon and EVOH, polymer films and advanced packaging materials.
+ Developed proprietary multi-layer extrusion coated and laminated with films, foil and paper. Applied for 26 patents, commercialized $25 million in new products in packaging, housing & construction, non-wovens & release liner markets. Interfaced with outside research institutions and universities.
+ Drove projects from conception to commercialization, using stage gate process and managed annual budgets and planning for all 5 groups in Corporate R&D.
+ Initiated and developed applications for technology of cellulose & wood fiber-reinforced polymer / plastic composites for various applications. Demonstrated technical & commercial feasibility for two applications in housing & construction and for several applications in packaging with a total profit value greater than $500 million per year.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Employer: BP Chemicals, Hackettstown, NJ Title: General Manager, POLYBOND® Products (now part of Chemtura) Department: Specialty Products Responsibilities: Supervised technical, commercial and other staff of up to 38 direct and indirect reports. Duties included P & L responsibility, budget preparation and monthly financial reporting for operations of business unit. Products were produced by reactive grafting process and were used by compounders and end-users in automotive, appliance, carpeting, business machines, housing & construction, diaper, medical devices, electrical and packaging industries to significantly enhance performance of compounded alloys and composites and as adhesives for polymers and metals.
+ Led technical, manufacturing operations and commercial functions and directed new product/process development, R&D, product introduction, strategic direction and planning, HSEQ, technical service, patents & licensing, capital improvements, QC/QA, worldwide marketing, sales, distribution and other functions for business unit. Developed & implemented strategic plan to grow specialty business unit sales 9 times in 6 years.
+ Introduced 10 new products to increase market share in market niche from 17% to 70% in 1986-92.
+ Personally managed international sales & marketing and global new business development by developing new applications and new markets using affiliate sales offices, distributors, country agents and representatives overseas.
+ Negotiated purchasing contracts with major suppliers and sales contracts with customers worldwide.
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: BP Chemicals, Hackettstown, NJ Title: General Manager, POLYBOND® Products (now part of Chemtura) Department: Specialty Products Responsibilities: Directed the R&D, product development, plant support, product marketing & business development activities of a team to take thermoplastic elastomers & grafted products from conception to commercialization.
+ Developed many new TPO & TPV products (non-crosslinked & partially cured) to customer specifications for automotive, gasket, defense, diaper and wire & cable applications by compounding.
+ Played key role in selling off the TPR® business along with 4 new inventions for a premium after dramatically improving quality and doubled plant production rate of thermoplastic olefinic elastomer product line in 6 months in 1988 and reorganized staff after spin-off.
Years: 1984 to 1986 Employer: Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, PA Title: Senior Principal Applications Engineer & Project Leader Department: Polymer Chemisacals Technology Responsibilities: Led Barrier Resin Project team to develop new vinyl alcohol-based polymer with good oxygen barrier for multi-layer co-extrusion for flexible & rigid food packaging applications. Demonstrated its technical & commercial feasibility. Purchased, installed & operated a multi-layer co-extrusion film, sheet & thermoforming pilot plant equipment.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1968 to 1974 Country / Region: India Summary: Expert worked as Scientific Officer at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India, where he conducted R&D on the use of Gamma, electron beam & other high energy radiation in polymerization to produce polyoxymethylene & other polymers and developing composites of wood-polymer composites, bamboo-polymer composites, bagasse-flyash polymer composites, etc. using radiation processing with liquid impregnation of monomer systems to produce 'in situ' polymerization of thermoplastics and thermosets.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Country / Region: Global Summary: As General Manager of BP Chemicals' Polybond Products business, he developed & implemented a strategic plan to grow a specialty business unit of BP Chemicals sales 9 times in 6 years. By personally handling international sales & marketing and global new business development, managing operations, developing new applications and new markets and introducing new products, he increased market share in market niche from 17% to 70% and expanded from one overseas customer to sales in 28 countries, using overseas sales offices, agents, distributors and sales representatives for various countries. AS needed made frequent trips to Europe and Asia and presented papers at international conferences and gave hundreds of presentations to companies overseas. He supervised technical, commercial and other staff of up to 38 direct and indirect reports including direct reports overseas. His duties included global P & L responsibility, budget preparation and monthly financial reporting for operations of business unit. His experience in this position has given him excellent global business acumen and international experience.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
+ Expert is a Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), its Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Materials & Rubber Divisions. Attended & presented papers at several national & regional meetings.
+ He is also a Senior Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE): Chairman, Polymer Materials Division. of the SPE Chicago Section; on Board of Directors, Plastics Analysis Division. of the SPE Chicago Section; on Board of Directors, national SPE Thermoplastic Elastomer Division; Moderated sessions at ANTEC'87, presented papers at several ANTECs and RETECs.
+ He is a Member of TAPPI; co-founder, Technical Program Chairman and Chairman of High Barrier Packaging Committee of TAPPI Polymers, Laminations, Adhesives, Coatings and Extrusions (PLACE) Division. Developed and moderated several sessions at PLC conferences. Organized & moderated a panel discussion at conference. Organized & lectured at 1st "Introduction to High Barrier Packaging" training course. Developed for Session on Advances in Barrier Materials, Member of Division Council and of Marketing Committee for PLACE Division. Winner of TAPPI PLACE Division Leadership & Service Award & the Andreas Ahlbrandt prize. PLACE Division Scholarship Coordinator.
Professional Appointments
+ Invited Member, Society of Industry Leaders, Vista Research - Standards & Poor’s.
+ Invited Expert Member, Gerson Lehrman Group Councils.
+ Invited Expert, Voice-of-Market Expert Forums, Paragon Development.
+ Invited Expert, Cognolink,
+ Invited Expert, DeMatteo Monness,
+ Invited Expert, Market Forum, Innotech.
Awards / Recognition
+ Expert is listed in “Who’s Who in Plastics”.
+ He is listed in "International Who's Who of Entrepreneurs".
+ He is the winner of TAPPI PLACE Division Leadership & Service Award & the Andreas Ahlbrandt prize.
+ He is listed in TAPPI Polymer Laminations Adhesives Coatings & Extrusion Division's Hall of Fame as one of top 25 contributors during the last 25 years.
Publications and Patents Summary
+ He has 66 patent applications filed, 28 granted so far resulting in over $1 billion of new annual business.
+ He has presented over 45 papers at professional meetings and published several in trade journals.
+ He has over 15 papers published in professional journals like Journal of Polymer Science, Journal of Radiation Curing, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymer Letters, TAPPI Journal, Engineering Plastics, Plastics Engineering, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials and others.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as Expert Witness in 4 product liability lawsuits, one in automotive TPOs (which went to trial and his side won), two in polyolefin and ABS injection molded parts (one was settled out of court and the other was dismissed based on his finding) as well as in 4 patent disputes.
Training / Seminars
+ Expert has organized, developed and taught "Introduction to High Barrier Packaging" at TAPPI's Polymer Laminations and Coatings Conference.
+ He has developed courses in Material Selection & Substitution, Polymer Compounding, and Adhesion of Polymers for Univ. of N. Carolina at Charlotte.
+ He has developed and taught training courses on "Basics of Intellectual Property for Chemists and Engineers", "Compatibilization of Polymer Alloys, Blends and Composites", and "Reactive Compounding of TPEs and TPVs".
Vendor Selection
Expert has worked in Material Sourcing, Selection & Optimization on the following topics:
+ Material Sourcing & Selection: Polyolefins, PVC, EVOH, PVOH & vinyl polymers, Nylons, Polyesters, Polycarbonates, Engineering Plastics, Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) & Vulcanizates (TPVs), Halogen & Zero Halogen-Based Flame Retardants, Wire & Cable Compounds, Oxygen, Moisture & Flavor Barrier Materials, Polymer Alloys, Blends & Composites, Flame Retardants, etc.
+ Optimization of Cost, Quality & Performance+ + Materials Expertise for "Green" /Sustainability:
Developing Materials for obtaining ‘Green’ / Sustainability
+ Use of Recycled Plastics and Rubber from Industrial & Post-Consumer Sources
+ Compatibilization to Improve Performance
+ Bio-derived Polymers
+ Cellulose/Wood Fiber-Reinforced Plastics / Polymer Composites
+ Use of Recycled Materials to Reduce Costs without Loss of Performance
Marketing Experience
+ Expert has provided due diligence (technical and commercial assessment) for numerous financial, strategic & investment ventures, providing information to investment firms about the polymer industry's industry trends, growth, players, customers, raw material and operating costs, competitive analysis, attitudes, technologies, cost drivers, etc. .
+ He has served as expert panelist and conductor of expert forums for product & market development company.
+ He has provided technology & product licensing for wire & cable company overseas.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has proven expertise in technical and commercial aspects of polymers, plastics, chemicals, composites, packaging and specialty products to help you win your case! He believes that THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING & LOSING A CASE IS GETTING THE RIGHT EXPERT ADVICE!
+ He is Fluent in Legalese and is Detail Oriented.
+ He has experience in Testifying, Depositions, Discovery, Rebuttal proceedings & on the Witness Stand at Trials.
+ He has had successful experience as Expert Witness in four patent disputes and four product liability cases so far.
+ He has developed Litigation Products such as Expert reports, Rebuttal reports, Custom tests and analysis, Technical assistance before or during deposition of opposing experts, Preparation of custom court exhibits, and Tutorials prepared for attorneys or their support staff.
+ He has developed several new proprietary inventions, 60 patents applied, 26 granted so far, resulting in commercializing numerous value-added products to meet specific customer needs and in new annual business of over $1 billion.
+ He is results-oriented with over 20 years in R & D, product & process development, business development, sales & marketing, technical service, introduction & commercialization of new products, business & general management with chemical, plastics and paper companies.
+ He is available for consulting and as expert witness in patent disputes and product liability lawsuits.

His favorite quote is: "Intellectual capital is not just about filing patents. It is the aggregate intellectual material knowledge, information, intellectual property, experience that can be put to use strategically to create wealth in a company." Do you need help maximizing your intellectual capital?

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Hindi Expert earned Hindi, the national language of India, growing up there. He can read write and speak Hindi.
French He learned French in high School and also learned it as a foreign language to meet his Ph.D. requirements. He can translate back and forth into French but cannot speak it fluently.

Fields of Expertise

adhesion science, automotive component, barrier polymer, blown foam, chemical compatibility, composite coupling agent, crosslinked polyethylene, elastomer, elastomer blend, elastomer chemistry, elastomer compounding, elastomer formulation, elastomer selection, elastomer structure, elastomeric compound material, engineering plastic formulation, engineering plastic property, ethylene-propylene rubber, ethylene-propylene terpolymer, ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer, expert testimony, expert witness, food packaging plastic, gas permeability, graft copolymer, high-density polyethylene, intellectual property dispute, particulate mineral filled plastic, particulate-filled plastic, plastic adhesion, plastic food package, plastic manufacturing, plastic masterbatch, plastic material, plastic material property, plastic packaging material, plastic product development, plastic resin, plastics business development, plastics industry, plastics patent, plastics research and development, polymer, polymer alloy, polymer alloying, polymer blend, polymer blending, polymer chemistry, polymer coextrusion, polymer compatibility, polymer compounding, polymer crosslinking, Santoprene, synthetic elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer, wood plastic composite, chopped-fiber composite, coupling agent, crosslinking agent, engineering plastic, fiber glass, fiberglass sizing, fiberglass-reinforced composite, glass fiber polymer composite, microencapsulation, polymer emulsion microencapsulation, infringement enforcement, gas separator, plastics reverse engineering, plastics competitive benchmarking, defensive patenting, composite fiber, polymer composite extrusion, patent infringement, coextrusion coating, barrier film technology, plastic irradiation, Kraton block polymer, heat stabilizer, plastic can, extrusion laminating, United States patent, plastic substrate, Society of the Plastics Industry, conductive polymer selection, oxygen scavenger, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, moisture-resistant, plastic part, molded plastic part, plastic medical device, thermoplastic polyester elastomer, oxygen barrier, elastomer mechanical property, plastic color concentrate, composite recycled plastic, polypropylene film, food package, flame-retardant product, high-polymer structure-property relationship, crystalline polymer, plastic additive oleochemical, flexible packaging laminate, polymer devolatilization, polymer adhesive, advanced composite technology, heat-shrinkable polymer film, plastic forming, interfacial tension measurement, elastic melt extruder, plastic product behavior, metal to plastic adhesion, polyester film, elastomer recycling, additive, materials science, moisture-barrier packaging material, water vapor barrier packaging process, fire-retardant polymer additive, adhesive material, polymer bonding, moisture barrier material, composite material failure, plastic film, acrylic elastomer, nylon, legal patenting, patent, reinforced composite, natural rubber, rubber, plastic environmental effect, hydrophilic polymer, filled composite, diene resin, composite material processing, cellular plastic, block polymer, automotive composite

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