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Expert in Surfactant Applications, Surfactant Production, Water-soluble Polymers, Detergency, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Cleaning Products, Interfacial Phenomena

Expert ID: 732647 Texas, USA

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Expert worked 30 years for Shell Chemicals and Shell Exploration & Production in the fields of surfactant manufacturing and surfactant applications including detergency, enhanced oil recovery, industrial & institutional, and pulp & paper. For twenty years, expert provided customer technical support for use of non-ionic and anionic surfactants in laundry detergents, dishwashing products, and industrial and institutional cleaners. He developed patented surfactant compositions for chemical flooding of oil reservoirs. He has extensive expertise in sulfation and sulfonation processes.

Recently he received the Samuel Rosen Award from American Oil Chemists' Society for industrial research and contributions to the field of surfactant chemistry.

He was subject matter expert (SME) in Shell for Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery polymer and surfactant chemistry for seven years. He led a team to deploy polymer flooding in Shell oil reservoirs. He has extensive expertise in the chemistry and properties of water-soluble polymers and the technologies for treatment of polymer produced fluids and for dissolution of polymer in injection brines.

Expert studied nonequilibrium interfacial behavior in oil-water-surfactant systems using videomicroscopy and diffusion path analysis for his PhD dissertation at Rice University in Houston, TX, USA. He has studied the fundamentals of detergent processes including the correlation of detergency to the phase inversion temperature of non-ionic surfactant-water-oily soil systems. Research work has included the measurement of oil-water and air-water interfacial tensions and correlation of oil-water interfacial tension to cleaning fabric and hard surfaces and to enhanced oil recovery processes using surfactants.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Pasadena, Texas - Beaumont, Texas - College Station, Texas - Baytown, Texas - Bryan, Texas - Sugar Land, Texas - Victoria, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Rice University
Year: 1983 Degree: MS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Rice University
Year: 1981 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Tulsa

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to 2015 Employer: Shell International E&P Title: Principal Research Engineer Department: Innovation R&D Responsibilities: He was team leader in polymer/ASP facilities R&D team. Expert represented polymer facilities R&D in initial deployment process for polymer enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in 2011. He has led discovery-to-deployment effort starting January 2012 to close technical gaps in bulk oil-water separation, oil dehydration, and water deoiling and successfully expanded deployment window.
Years: 2008 to 2010 Employer: Shell International E&P Title: Senior Staff Research Engineer Department: Innovation R&D Responsibilities: As Project Leader, he coordinated and performed R&D on surface facility development for chemical EOR processes including polymer, SP, and ASP designs. Expert also studied and developed novel water processing techniques and emulsion breaking methods.
Years: 2000 to 2007 Employer: Shell Global Solutions Title: Staff Research Engineer Department: Higher Olefins and Derivatives R&D Responsibilities: Expert performed product research and technical support for EOR surfactant applications. He invented new surfactants for these applications and helped market them to potential customers.

He also performed R&D on new surfactants for detergent processes and supported major customers in their development and application.
Years: 1994 to 2000 Employer: Shell Chemical Company Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Chemical Development Department Responsibilities: Expert worked in surfactant applications group supporting the higher olefins and derivatives business through customer projects, technical presentations at industry meetings. Application areas included paper de-inking, detergency fundamentals, and household and I&I cleaning processes. He developed and introduced new surfactant products for customer evaluation.
Years: 1985 to 1994 Employer: Shell Development Company Title: Research Engineer Department: Chemical Research and Applications Department Responsibilities: He worked in surfactant applications including detergency fundamentals, surfactant synthesis, and rheology studies. He was awarded the SDA Distinguished Paper Award in 1990 by The Soap and Detergent Association. He worked in an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) research group developing surfactants for steam foam, CO2 foam, and chemical flooding applications.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Americal Institute of Chemical Engineers (2013-Present)
American Oil Chemists' Society (1990-Present)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (2008-Present)
Associate Technical Editor - Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (1998-2007)
Professional Appointments
AOCS Rosen Memorial Award - Selection Committee (2014-2016)
Awards / Recognition
Rosen Memorial Award from American Oil Chemists' Society for industrial research and contributions to the field of surfactant chemistry
The Soap and Detergent Association Distinguished Paper Award (1990)
Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, 81st AOCS Annual Meeting (1990)
Outstanding graduate of University of Tulsa College of Engineering (1981)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert was co-inventor on 23 US patents and 5 US provisional patent applications related to surfactant chemistry, cleaning applications, laundry processes, and enhanced oil recovery. Co-inventor on more than 100 foreign patent filings.

He has authored or co-authored 35 published technical papers, book chapters, and invited lectures.

Expert has presented 16 papers at technical conferences including SPE IOR Symposium, Offshore Technology Conference, AIChE, Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, American Oil Chemists' Society, World Surfactants Congress.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Production Technology for Other Disciplines - Petroskills, Houston, TX (2012)
Reservoir Engineering for Other Disciplines - Shell Training Course (2015)
Vendor Selection
Expert tested, selected, and deployed various new water and oil treatment technologies from vendors for polymer flooding fluid treatment (2009-2015).
Marketing Experience
He provided R&D and technical support to marketing and sales of several new surfactant products to major consumer product companies (1990-2007).

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