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Expert in Surface Science, Polymers, Textiles, Testing Materials, Plastics, Physical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical

Expert ID: 723660 California, USA

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Expert worked for three years as the Director of RD&E for the chemical products division of Waters Inc. In addition to the direction of the research in chromatographic media he was co-inventor of 7 patents for water-wettable extraction media and was a co-recipient of the R&D 100 Award for this material. Expert worked for Kimberly-Clark in the Absorbent Technology group for 5 years. He began in the group as an associate research fellow and finished as a research manager. During his tenure there he received 5 patents directly related to absorbent structures which utilized creative solutions to problems in fluid transport. During this tenure he also was an integral member of the Absorbent Technology Patent Strategy Steering Committee. He was responsible for development, testing, implementation and budgets for absorbency related projects for all product groups for a group of 19 scientists (9 PhD).

Expert has spent in excess of twenty years working on problems relating to surface, interface and colloid science. During his time as a consultant he has worked on projects that have involved fouling of glass surfaces, development of program for modifying the surface energy of materials to make an array of materials with a gradient of surface energetics, adhesion/release problems to metal surfaces, surfactant selection for reaction optimization, and surface modifications of polymeric materials. As VP of R&D and CTO for Nextec Applications Inc he worked on control fiber encapsulation with silicone and fluorochemistries to control water penetration and absorption. As the Director of RD&E for the chemical products division of Waters Inc. he drove and participated in research which related to interactions of liquids, biofluids and mixtures with surfaces and separation of materials which resulted in co-inventorship on U.S. 7 patents and an R&D 100 award. At Kimberly Clark he worked on surface properties of materials resulting in inventorship in 10 U.S. patents relating to biofluid movement, absorption, surface modification, control of surface energy. During his tenure at Kimberly-Clark he prepared numerous reports and delivered many presentations on the measurement of contact angles and surface energy. At Albany International Research Company he worked on surface phenomena as related to materials with special emphasis on the paper making process resulting in on U.S. Patent for soil removal as a function of surface energetics. During this tenure he developed an instrument for measuring the dynamic contact angle of oil under water on a fiber surface and was awarded a trade secret award.

Expert has spent his career working with and teaching about polymeric materials. As VP of R&D and CTO at Nextec Applications Inc. he worked with synthetic and natural textile fibers and modifications of these fibers using silicone, fluoropolymers and polyurethanes. During his tenure as Director of RD&E of chemical products at Waters Inc. he worked on inorganic materials like silica and alumina as well as revolutionary separations media based on block copolymers. During his tenure at Kimberly-Clark he worked on nonwoven materials including polyolefins, rayon, and polyester, this work centered on the properties, modification and testing of these materials. During this same time period he taught a polymer chemistry course at University of Wisconsin Green Bay. He also worked at the Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center (AMMRC) examining the synthesis and characterization of block copolymeric materials for reduced hysteretic heat build up. These studies focused mainly on polyurethanes and polycarbonates.

During his career Expert has received 18 issued U.S. patents in different industries. He was a co-recipient of the R&D 100 award. He also was the co-recipient of the USCD connect award once as a winner and once as a finalist. All of these awards were in the field of chemical and product innovation. Some of these achievements solved existing problems, some were improvements on existing materials and some were developments of materials that opened new markets. During his career he has contributed innovative solutions as an individual contributor and also built organizations that revitalized existing technologies and that validated and commercialized fledgling technologies.

During his career Expert has given more than eight presentations on testing at national and international meetings as well as in excess of 100 presentations on testing to companies and groups within companies. He has published 6 journal papers on materials testing and developed many robust, reproducible and predictive tests for companies and industries. He has been requested to prepare both oral presentations and written documents to define applicability, utility and value of tests as well as data interpretation and legitimacy of extrapolation of data.

Developed research program including sample preparation, test methods, and evaluation techniques for new material applications of a fibrous material.
Determined the cause of soiling/fouling problem in a product prior to full scale commercialization. Reformulated chemistry of product to correct problem.
Developed specification for product to be commercialized. Development entailed overseeeing testing, statistical data evaluation, generating consensus with producer and end user.
Prepared and presented technical evaluation of technology for fund raising, resulting in funding for venture.Prepared and presented technical arguments in patent infringement suit resulting in settling of the case out of court.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry minor Biology Institution: Boston University
Year: 1983 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemistry Institution: Boston University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Consulting for chemical, Intellectual property, and expert witness jobs
Years: 1997 to 2003 Employer: Nextec Applications Inc Title: VP of R&D and CTO Department: Responsibilities: Reporting to president and CEO, responsible for all technical aspects of company including: Research and Development, Intellectual Property, Corporate Training, Outreach.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Waters Corporation Title: Driector RD&E Department: Chemical Products Division Responsibilities: Reporting to Vice President and General Manager of the Chemical Products Division. Duties included research, development, engineering, product scale-up and transfer to production, trouble shooting, Strategic business and technology planning.

Years: 1988 to 1993 Employer: Kimberly-Clark Corporation Title: Associate Res. Fellow, Manager, Research Manager Department: Responsibilities: Reporting to Vice President of Nonwovens products and technology development. Responsible for development, scale-up, transfer to mill and technical support for all surface modifications.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1984 to 1984 Agency: Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center (AMMRC) Role: Scientist Description: Synthesis and characterization of block copolymers. Examinations were for the reduction of hysteretic heat build up. Materials included polyurethanes and polycarbonates. Synthetic changes to the molecule design included degree of polydispersity (mono to poly), formulation, effects of reaction kinetics.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Identified, inspected and qualified textile mills. Brought mills up to production capability
Years: 2001 to Present Country / Region: Singapore Summary: Presentation of technology
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: Taiwan Summary: Identification of products and development of process for preparing materials to desired specification
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: China Summary: Identified mills, developed and initiated processes to prepare products
Years: 1994 to 1995 Country / Region: England Summary: performed technical due dilligence for purchase of company transfered technology to USA

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Society of Chemistry – Fellow, Chartered Chemist & Chartered Scientist;

American Institute of Chemistry – Fellow;

American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) - Member:
• Polymer Section,
• Surface Science Section,
• Analytical Section;

American Association Of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) – Senior Member:
Voting member of RA-63 “Water Resistancy, Absorbency and Wetting Agent Evaluation Test Methods Committee”

Association for Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers - Member

Technical Advisory Committee Member for the Textile Research Center

Lapsed Affiliations

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) - Member

Engineering Research Center for Plasma Aided Manufacturing - University of Wisconsin Madison - Industrial Advisory Board (Member)

Royal Society of Chemistry – Analytical, Chromatography and Electrophoresis section
Awards / Recognition
1. UCSD Connect Award (Finalist) - “Most Innovative New Product of 2004” General Technology – PetriTech Inc;
2. R&D 100, “Oasis HLB 96 Well Extraction Plate” 1999;
3. UCSD Connect Award - “Most Innovative New Product of 1998” General Business – Nextec Applications Inc. 1998;
4. DOD SBIR Phase I (Army 98-156) FY98.2
“Precision Placement of Thin Polymeric Silicone Films within Fabrics” 1998;
5.Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry / Chartered Chemist/Chartered Scientist 07/04/1997;
6. “Cleaning solvent for Polyester” Trade Secret Award (Albany International Research Company) 1987;
7. “Method for Determination of Deformation of a Liquid Sphere by a Solid Surface at a Liquid or Gaseous Interface” Trade Secret Award (Albany International Research Company) 1986;
8. Polaroid Research Fellow- 1982;
9. Boston University Teaching Fellow and Staff Scholarship 1978 - 1982.
Medical / Professional
Post Doc - Polymer chemistry Army Materials & Mechanics research Center (AMMRC) Watertown Mass. - 1983
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 18 issued US patent families and 12 journal publications

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has performed due dilligence, written opinion on infringements, depositions.• Led effort to mount 4 challenges against patent infringement resulting in successful completion of all challenges.
Training / Seminars
He developed and prepared all lab and production training for new and incoming personnal for multiple companies;
Prepared and deilvered technology based seminars on multiple technologies worldwide;
• Built, planned and managed R&D, corporate training, outreach, laboratory services and intellectual property
Vendor Selection
He has located textile amd material manufactures and gotten supply stream running to desired levels;
• Worldwide customer and supplier interactions for technical issues. Establishment and completion of joint research projects. Required extensive travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, China and Europe.
Marketing Experience
Traveled with sales and Marketing to present seminars for customers to explain materials and discuss applications
• Headed outreach effort to grow worldwide technology acceptance through presentations, publications, customer contact, and media interview in U.S., Asia, and Europe.
Other Relevant Experience
• Developed tests and proof of performance demonstrations for validating the technology, including 3 test methods submitted to scientific governing bodies.
• Extended technology across multiple product platforms and line extensions, which took the company from zero to $10 million in revenues.
• Completed successful scale up for most successful product launch in company history.
• Completed transfer to manufacturing of 5 new product line extensions.
• Co-invented sample preparation media, which resulted in 7 US patents and an IR 100 award.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Was second language for Doctorate. Quite rusty now but capable of relearning

Fields of Expertise

absorbance, absorbent material, absorbent material, adsorption technology, colloid and interface chemistry, fiber modification, contact angle measurement, hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, fiber surface modification, polymer surface chemistry, surface chemistry, surface modification, surface science, surfactant, surfactant chemistry, fabric surface property, chemistry, papermachine clothing, textile, woven fabric surface property, textile material, polymer chemistry, polymer modification chemistry, polymer science, synthetic fiber, chemical technology innovation, innovation, research and development, science, materials testing, fluid permeability, material property test, permeable fabric, polymer testing, international research, absorbent technology, claim (patent), literal infringement, patent infringement, detergency, silicone textile coating, American Society for Testing and Materials testing, plastic material test procedure, United States patent, coating technology, advanced material technology, capillary action, adhesion science, high-performance textile, device patent, nonwoven fabric web, military textile specification, intellectual property, nonwoven fabric surface property, surface property measuring equipment, surface property measurement, surface property, polymer technology, polymer structure-property relationship, fiber structure-property relationship, synthetic polymer chemistry, plastic material property, patentability evaluation, interfacial tension, foreign patent, surface tension measurement, block copolymer surfactant application, expandable polystyrene bead, device patenting, nanotechnology, advanced material, polyurethane chemistry, materials science, personal care product, high-performance polymer, surface treatment, adsorption, adhesion, absorption, surface modifier, material property, patent law, surface, American Society for Testing and Materials, device inventing, absorption application, polymer modification, polymeric material, nonwoven fabric, polymer property, physical property, wetting agent, wetting, surface tension, polymer, polymer physical chemistry, polymer material analysis, polymer coating material, polymer characterization, polyester fiber, nylon fiber, monomolecular film, fiber, felt, elastomer, detergent, colloid, apparel fabric

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