Expert in Radical Polymerization Processes
Expert ID: 725830 South Africa
His strongest points are his pragmatic approach towards solving problems, his creativity in finding solutions to questions/challenges, and his broad knowledge of the field of radical (co)polymerization, including the three main streams in living radical polymerization (nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP), atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer mediated polymerization (RAFT)).
|Year: 1985||Degree: MSc||Subject: chemistry and chemical engineering||Institution: Twente University, the Netherlands|
|Year: 1994||Degree: PhD||Subject: polymer chemistry||Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands|
|Years: 2007 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Research Professor||Department: Chemistry and Polymer Science|
Responsibilities:He is holder of a South African Research Chair on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures. His research centers around the synthesis, characterization and application of polymers for advanced applications.
|Years: 1995 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Associate Professor||Department: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering|
Responsibilities:He was responsible for teaching the Polymer Chemistry course, and contributed to several other polymer related courses. His research centers around living radical polymerization.
|Years: 1985 to 1994||Employer: DSM Research||Title: research associate||Department: Engineering Plastics|
Responsibilities:He carried out research in the field of ABS emulsion polymerization for an initial 2.5 years. After that he became the responsible person for polymer chemistry research on poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (SMA).
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1998 to 2000||Country / Region: USA||Summary: He was involved in the development of a model to describe a radical copolymerization process.|
|Years: 1999 to Present||Country / Region: South Africa||Summary: Consultancy with a company on the production process of crosslinked beads in a heterogeneous polymerization process.|
|Associations / Societies|
|He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV).|
|He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the European Polymer Journal, and has served a three year term on the editorial advisory board of Macromolecules|
|Awards / Recognition|
|He was one of the first twenty scientists to be awarded a South African Research Chair. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa|
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 6 patents, and 6 chapters in books.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|He served as an expert witness in two patent cases during the period when he worked at DSM Research. This was during hearings at the European Patent Office in Munich.|
|Training / Seminars|
|He has given courses in the field of Polymer Chemistry to various audiences, ranging from introductory courses for non-chemists to synthetic aspects of coatings, and state-of-the-art courses in the field of living radical polymerization.|
|He has some insights in the industry related to radical polymerization processes.He has significant knowledge in the specific area of styrene - maleic anhydride copolymers.|
|Dutch||He is fluent in Dutch. Dutch is his mother tongue.|
|English||He is fluent in English. The majority of his scientific work in written and verbal form takes place in English.|
|German||He has a reasonable knowledge of German. Able to read, and understand. A bit more difficulties to speak.|
Fields of Expertise
polymer chemistry, synthetic polymer chemistry, adhesive manufacturing, medical polymer selection, thermoplastic material selection, cosmetic polymer, glassy polymer, block copolymer surfactant application, polymer science, polymer modification, synthetic organic polymer, polymer, polymer selection, polymer modification chemistry, polymer coating material, polymer characterization, organic synthesis, ionomer, biocompatible polymer