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Expert in Silicone/Silicon Processing and Applications, New Process Development

Expert ID: 730732 Michigan, USA

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Expert has spent his career commercializing silicone/silicon products and developing new processes to make them. His experience has spanned applications of silicones in the personal care, automotive, construction, food and beverage, paper, and electronics industries. Although the bulk of Expert’s career was in the area of new process development, he has also developed and commercialized silicone release coating products and worked in silicone fluids, emulsions, emulsion polymers, and antifoams manufacturing. He has commercialized conventional and very high internal phase viscosity emulsions, organofunctional siloxane polymers, silicone resins, organofunctional silanes, silane treated silica powders, silicone release coatings, airbag coatings, reinforced silicone films, and silicon powder. Along the way, Expert has utilized processing techniques as diverse as batch and continuous polymerization, mechanically induced fluidized beds, gravure and slot coating, spray drying, reactive extrusion, and coextrusion to accomplish these tasks.

Expert has studied the interaction of cured coating rheology to release characteristics. Expert developed and scaled-up novel processes to graft a curable functionality onto polyisobutylene and emuslify that polymer into an auto airbag barrier coating. He has also commercialized a glass-fabric-reinforced silicone resin film for a fire-rated glass composite. Expert has worked on teams that explored the market size for products in the areas of liquid crystal materials, targeted adsorbents, barrier coatings, water-based adhesives, and personal care product additives in developing countries. He has also worked as the sourcing and production lead on a team that generated and distributed a kit promoting silicon-containing materials to the industrial design community.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Troy, Michigan - Southfield, Michigan

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: MS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Louisville
Year: 1983 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Louisville

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Process Development Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert is a consultant in the chemicals/materials industry.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Hemlock Semicondustor Corporation Title: Seniro Process Engineering Specialist Department: Process Engineering Responsibilities: Developed and commercialized new semiconductor grade silicon products and processes. He also evaluated competitors' process technologies.
Years: 1984 to 2010 Employer: Dow Corning Corporation Title: Senior Process Engineering Specialist Department: Process Engineering, Manufacturing, Technical Service and Development Responsibilities: Held various positions at Dow Corning, including new process development, silicone fluids and emulsions manufacture, and silicone release coatings product development. He commercialized products into the personal care, automotive, food /beverage, paper, electronics, and construction industries. Expert accomplished this by developing new processes, utilizing a broad range of techniques such as spray drying, reactive extrusion, co-extrusion film forming/laminating, coating, emuslification, and mechanically induced fluidization.
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: DuPont, Textile Fibers Division Title: Co-op Student Department: Polyester Yarn R&D Responsibilities: Conducted studies and improvement projects around steam use, yarn lubrication, spineret operation, and quality control at DuPont's Dacron Yarn plant in Old Hickory, TN.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Oslo, Norway Summary: Worked with the Institute for Energy Technology, in Kjellar, Norway on a one-month project.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
AIChE
Awards / Recognition
Expert is a 3-time winner of Dow Corning Technical Achievement Award
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published 3 journal articles in the areas of reacative extrusion and silicone release coating rheology. He also has 7 patents.

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Expert has evaluated and selected contract extruders and contract coaters as an intermediate step in the commercialization of various new products.
Marketing Experience
Expert has commercialized silicone and silicon-containing products into the personal care, automotive, food /beverage, paper, electronics, and construction industries. He has studied the interaction of cured coating rheology to release characteristics. He developed and scaled-up novel processes to graft a curable functionality onto polyisobutylene and emuslify that polymer into an auto airbag barrier coating. He has also commercialized a glass-fabric-reinforced silicone resin film for a fire-rated glass composite. He has worked on teams that explored the market size for products in the areas of liquid crystal materials, targeted adsorbents, barrier coatings, water-based adhesives, and personal care product additives in developing countries. He has also worked as the sourcing and production lead on a team that generated and distributed a kit promoting silicon-containing materials to the industrial design community.

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