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Expert in Polymers Structure/Analyses/Properties, Film Properties, Catalysis, Film Applications, Additives

Expert ID: 730406 Wisconsin, USA

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Expert has used his chemistry background to apply research efforts in three distinct areas; catalysis, polymer research and development, and in polymer structure property relationships in applications in films. He has catalysts patents in areas of oxidation, oligomerization, and polymerization of olefins.

He has gained much knowledge in the area of polymers, especially polyolefins in conducting research in areas such as the fictionalization of polyolefins and derivatization of diene copolymers through chemistry in the melt. He has developed a sound knowledge of the characterization of polymers during these long range research efforts.

Expert has applied this polymer knowledge to the development of polyolefin films including metallocene-produced cast and blown films. At the same time, he setup an analytical lab to analyze polymers, films and film surfaces. He established relationships with resin suppliers, analytical companies, and many customers in joint developments. He has convinced resin companies to change additive packages. He has done collaborative research with additive and resin suppliers in solving discoloration issues for customers. He has developed applications in films in food packaging, medical films, breathable films, health and hygiene, packaging, and surface protection. He developed a portfolio of new polyolefin films for product applications which grew to new sales of over 11 million pounds. He also provided technical support for all film customers. He has been classified as an internal consultant for technology, manufacturing, and sales groups for analyses, problem solving, additive concerns, polymer structures and unknown film analyses which had major influence on business and technical decisions. He has been recognized as a pathfinder for new applications for metallocene-produced polyolefins which led to to the company president's award for "Excellence in Technology and Innovation".

Expert has broadened his chemical knowledge to tackle solid waste issues for the plastic industry including research and development in the field of biodegradable, photodegradable, and recycled plastics. He has been a member of the technical committee of the American Chemical Council grappling with these major issues for the plastics industry. He has presented over forty papers to customers, suppliers, and plastic end users on solid waste issues, especially as they relate to plastics.

He is currently consulting in the areas of surface contamination, polymer selection, additive levels with discoloration, and rubber roll chemistry for the same company Expert has consulted for a company which provides oil cleanup remedies in detection of chemicals at low levels. Expert has consulted for a compnay to develop a tough laminate for industrial appication including developing new film and extrusin coating blend for lamination to nonwoven. Expert is currently an expert witness in a lawsuit between two major resin suppliers.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin - Gary, Indiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: Post Doctoral Fellowship Subject: Chemistry Institution: MIT
Year: 1976 Degree: PhD Subject: Organometallic Chemistry Institution: Tufts University
Year: 1970 Degree: No Degree MS equivalent Subject: Organometallic Chemistry Institution: Xavier University
Year: 1968 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry Institution: Eastern Baptist College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He is continuing to consult for Tredegar Film Products in all areas including film developments, analyses, surface defects, and additives.
Years: 1999 to 2009 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Advisor Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert has developed new films in packaging, health and hygiene, and surface protections. He has been key figure in trouble shooting issues with customers world wide. He has selected many new polymers from alternate suppliers to minimize risk for our customers. He has been instrumental in establishing surface analyses techniques for the company as well as relationships with outside analytical experts.
Years: 1992 to 1999 Employer: Exxon Chemical Company Title: Undisclosed Department: Film Division/Research and Development Responsibilities: Expert has developed films in packaging, food packaging, medical devices, house wrap and health and hygiene. He also setup an analytical lab for resin, additive, and film analyses. He had major joint developments with suppliers in many areas.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Exxon Chemical Company Title: Undisclosed Department: Polymers/Polymer Science Responsibilities: Expert has developed a sound knowledge of polymers including solid waste issues for plastics. He has represented Exxon on the technical committee of the Council for Solid Wase Solutions in Washington. He has developed a new set of functionalized polymers through melt reactions.
Years: 1979 to 1985 Employer: Exxon Chemical Company Title: Undisclosed Department: New Ventures/Research Group Responsibilities: Expert has setup a lab for oxidation of olefins including a pilot facility. He has developed shut down economics for the production of ethylene glycol using a catalyst with a hydroperoxide compared to the conventional method. He has also served as the leader of the oxidation catalyst group of Exxon worldwide.
Years: 1977 to 1979 Employer: Gulf Oil Title: Undisclosed Department: Gulf Chemical/Research and Development Responsibilities: Expert developed novel catalysts for the decomposition of hyrdoperoxides a oligermization of olefins as member of the homogenous catalst group.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to 2009 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert has been technical contact for development and problem solving for a number of customers in Japan.
Years: 2001 to 2009 Country / Region: Korea Summary: Expert has been technical contact for development and technical support for a number of customers in South Korea.
Years: 2001 to 2009 Country / Region: China Summary: Expert has developed film and setup laboratory for testing films at company's China Plant.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society, Society of Plastic Engineers
Professional Appointments
Member of technical committee for the Council of Solid Waste Solutions, a consortium of major resin producers and users, in Washington, D.C.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 27 US Patents and 17 publications

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as expert witness in a suit concerning films and catalyst between two major chemical companies. He has taken part in depositions for three days during this suit.
Training / Seminars
Expert has prepared and delivered many one-day seminars to suppliers/customers on films, metallocene-produce resins, and polymers in general. He has given presentations on solid waste issues, as they relate to plastics, to more than forty customers or suppliers.
Vendor Selection
Expert has been the major source of new polymers for development due to his excellent relationships with suppliers of resins and additives. He has convinced resin suppliers to change additives in some of their grades. He has also selected alternate resins for company in all areas which has saved over one million dollars for the company.
Marketing Experience
Expert has developed a knowledge of solid waste issues including recycling, reusing, incineration and land-filling. He has convinced customers, suppliers, and the industry to evaluate biodegradability as a niche opportunity not as a panacea for solid solving waste and sustainability issues. He has encouraged many customers to evaluate PVC alternatives for some medical applications.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has tried to keep up with the literature including patents in many areas. He has helped patent attorneys evaluate competitive patents.

Fields of Expertise

biodegradable plastic, biodegradable plastic film, commingled recycled plastic, degradable plastic, photodegradable plastic, polyolefin application, chemical analysis, plastic chemical property, plastic discoloration, polyethylene yellowing, polymer, polymer additive, polymer antioxidant, polymer characterization, hydrocarbon polymer, catalysis, chemical research and development, plastic product development, plastics research and development, plastic film, extruded film, film processing, polyolefin film, polymer application, food packaging plastic, polymer chemistry, polyolefin resin, polymer coextrusion, polylactic acid, alternating copolymer, plastic irradiation, metallocene-catalyzed polymerization, film slitting, Kraton block polymer, nucleating agent, heat-sealable polymer, polyhydroxybutyrate, antiblocking agent, elastic plastic, film curl, food wrap, oxidation catalyst, industrial catalysis, hydrocarbon resin, elastomeric film, homogeneous transition metal catalysis, transition metal catalysis, transition metal catalyst, plastic surface treatment, film extrusion, polypropylene film, crystalline polymer, synthetic polymer chemistry, plastic physical property, polymer stabilizer, oligomer, plastic adhesion, graft copolymer, melt material, Ziegler-Natta catalyst, Ziegler polymerization, oxidation reaction, block polymer synthesis, crosslinking agent, polymer blend, copolymer, surface chemistry, polymer physical chemistry, polymer modification chemistry, plastic welding, photocatalysis, oriented polymer film, ionomer, hydrophilic polymer, homopolymer, homogeneous catalysis, elastomer, catalytic oxidation, block polymer

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