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Expert in Specialty Polymers and Fibers

Expert ID: 108333 Wisconsin, USA

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HYDROGEL; POLYELECTROLYTES. Expert's fundamental knowledge in polyelectrolytes and their interaction with small and large molecules has enabled him to offer consultation in diverse industries, including personal care, healthcare, cable wrap, food packaging, railroad, paper, and wastewater treatment. He has developed strategic plans for his clients to integrate R&D with business needs. He conducted technology searches, undertook contract research, and evaluated and recommended the most cost effective and superior performance materials. Expert has conducted training and offered seminars for R&D and marketing staff of client companies. He has developed and applied polyelectrolyte theory for fundamental understanding of acid-base properties, swelling, ion-exchange, and binding in crosslinked resins and fibers with demonstrated impact in the general area of superabsorbent polymers.

ABSORBENT MATERIAL; SUPERABSORBENT POLYMER. Expert has extensive expertise and technical skills in superabsorbents, fibers, and surface science. He has developed multi-functional absorbent materials for personal hygiene products. He applied the concept of protein-polymer interaction to design catamenial products. He critiqued research programs for moisture management of a major healthcare company and recommended alternative research strategies. Expert reviewed an invention and offered suggestions to further strengthen the invention and improve the technical content of the patent application.

CELLULOSE; CELLULOSE CHEMISTRY; CELLULOSE PULP. Expert offers expertise in many aspects of cellulose, including cellulose chemistry and the fine structure, cellulose surface modification, bonding, crosslinking, wet-end chemistry, specialty pulp, and air laid and wet laid processes. His expertise in wet-stable fiber network is sought by major producers of specialty pulp and manufacturers of adhesive, nonwoven, and superabsorbent products. He has characterized and evaluated non-woody pulp and made recommendations regarding prioritization of research for industrial application of the pulp.

Expert developed a new cellulose-based high-strength structural material for a major corporation. He managed and executed various phases of the project. He was involved in the development of the materials, processes, and the transfer of technology from laboratory to the production. He also played a role in optimization and improvement of processes at the production level. He coordinated research with external laboratories, vendors, and client customers to achieve performance driven customer needs. In addition, Expert conceived and directed a project on value-added hemicelluloses as substitutes for natural gums and initiated a project on thermochemical degradation of cellulose for conversion into useful chemicals.

FIBER SURFACE MODIFICATION. Expert directed research on surface modification of polymeric materials to tailor surface energy characteristics for applications in enhanced wettability, bonding, and polymer compatibility. He developed non-formaldehyde-based resilient fibers and fiber networks for multifunctional attributes in paper and personal care products. (Patents are pending.)

INTERNATIONAL SOURCING; EMERGING MARKETS. Having lived and worked in four different continents of the world, Expert has served clients in the European Economic Community, Scandinavia, and India and participated in technology search in Japan. He has offered on-site as well as home-based consultation in water-soluble and water-swellable polymers to global chemical companies in the UK and India. He has assisted in product improvement and in becoming an effective technical collaborator and partner in emerging markets. He has conducted technology searches, located vendors, and partners for joint development.


Most of Expert's consulting has been on-site, which has been highly successful. One recent consultation resulted in a long term contract research, where he developed new materials and products. He conceived and developed the products with superior performance. He was also heavily involved in the development of the processes, transfer of technology from laboratory to production, and optimization and improvement of the processes at the production scale. A convincing demonstration to his client's customer resulted in proceeding to Phase II of the project, bypassing Phase I development. Expert coordinated research with external laboratory, vendors, and customer to achieve performance driven market needs.
Several other on-site consultations developed into a long term retainer contracts or short term projects. These included developing strategic plans for research programs to integrate R&D with business, providing expertise (fundamentals and technical skills), reviewing and critiquing research programs, prioritizing research programs, assessing market and commercial potential for the product, and technical input for patent applications.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Green Bay, Wisconsin - Appleton, Wisconsin - Waukesha, Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: PhD Subject: Polymer Science-Polyelectrolytes Institution: University of Leeds, England
Year: 1961 Degree: MS Subject: Fine Structure of Cellulose Institution: University of Bombay, India
Year: 1959 Degree: BS Subject: Textile Chemistry Institution: University of Bombay
Year: 1957 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Bombay

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1988 to 1995 Employer: Kimberly-Clark Corporation Title: Associate Research Fellow Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: U.S. Department of Agriculture Title: Visiting Research Scientist Department: Western Regional Research Center and Sugar Beet Development Foundation Responsibilities:
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: University of California-Davis Title: Visiting Research Professor Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1964 to 1984 Employer: Ahmadu Bello University Title: Assistant Professor/Professor Department: Head of Polymer and Fiber Science Department Responsibilities:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: United Kingdom Summary: Expert offered consultation to a multinational, specialty chemical company both on-site and through his home base. He has located vendor, research institutes, and pilot plant facilities for collaboration/joint development. He has directed collaborative research with vendors and universities.







Years: to Present Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert was a member of a hydrogel technology search team of a global company.

Years: to Present Country / Region: Nigeria Summary: Expert has conducted undergraduate and graduate level teaching and research in polymer and fiber science in Nigeria. He was active in university/industry interaction for collaborative research and curriculum development. He served on the Nigerian Standards Committee for Paints and Allied Chemicals.

Years: to Present Country / Region: Scandanavia; Sweden, Finland Summary: Sweden-Expert has conducted a technology search in a pulp and paper application.

Finland-Expert provided consultation to a manufacturer of viscose casing. In addition he conducted a worldwide technology search in pulp and paper application.


Years: to Present Country / Region: India Summary: Expert has provided consultation to a global chemical company on effective technical collaboration and participation in emerging markets. He has consulted with a global consumer products company on exploration and exploitation of natural polymer-based materials.

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
Expert was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for distinguished research contributions to the advancement of polymer science. He was elected Fellow of the Textile Institute for extensive research into the chemistry of natural and manufactured textile polymers.
Publications and Patents Summary
The author of five US patents and many foreign patents, Expert has seen 16 of his technical papers published in refereed international scientific journals.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert's recent seminars and courses offered to industrial clients are related to absorbent structures and hydrogels. Other courses include industrial applications of cellulose-applications of fundamentals to deliver superior performance, opportunities in personal care products, polymers in pulp and paper-applications and performance, and water-soluble and water-swellable polymers-fundamentals and applications.

Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of the following:
* Specialty polymers for specific functionality (BASF, Rohm and Haas)
* High performance adhesives (H.B. Fuller and Company, National Starch and Chemical Company)
* Water-resistant bonding agents for cellulose (BASF, Cytec Industries)
* Non-fugitive fire retardant (Albemarle Corp., Great Lake Chemical Corp., Cytec Industries)
* Fiberglass
* Polyester, UF, and MF resins (Borden Chemical Company, Georgia Pacific)
* Nonwoven materials (Kimberly-Clark Corporation, PGI Nonwovens)
* Superabsorbents (Stockhausen, Chemdall, Dow Chemical, Clariant, Allied Colloids Ltd.)
* Filtration products (FiberMark, Veratec, Fort James)
* Specialty paper (International Paper, Fort James, Appleton Paper)
* Dyes (Sunbelt Corporation, C.H. Patrick & Company, Ciba-Geigy, Clariant, Dyestar)
* Gelatin, gums, water-soluble polymers (several vendors)
* Pilot plant facilities (pulp and paper)(Forest Products Laboratory, Madison; SUNY, Syracuse)
* Contract research (Bjorksten Research Laboratory)
* Analytical and testing laboratories (Several in US and Canada).


International products or services that Expert has found vendors for include:
* Potassium periodate regeneration (William Blythe, UK)
* Specialty polymers for bonding cellulose (BASF, Germany)
* Superabsorbents (Allied Colloids-UK), Sanyo-Japan, Clariant-Germany)
* Dyes and chemicals (several companies in India)
* Pulp and paper technologies (PIRA-UK, UMIST-UK, STFI-Sweden, KCL-Finland).
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has laboratory facilities to undertake product and process development work, including transfer of technology from laboratory to pilot plant to production. He can also help clients in technology searches, and assisting in patent writing and legal work.

Fields of Expertise

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