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Expert in Surfactant Technology, Polymerisation, PVC Manufacturing, Cleaning Products and Coatings

Expert ID: 730011 United Kingdom

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Expert's expertise in surface and colloid chemistry has been applied to the free radical polymerization of vinyl chloride by both the suspension and emulsion routes. He has worked in research, developing new products and process and as technical manager responsible for production, laboratory and quality control, on world-scale polymerization plants.

It has included the use of protective colloids and dispersion stabilisers for the control of SPVC product properties, mimimising the residual VCM concentration, maximising reactor output, minimising fish-eyes and improving thermal stability. Expert has learnt how to control the properties of EPVC and PVC plastisols by modifying the polymerization process .

He has published papers on the mechanism of suspension polymerization and has filed patents on a number of new processes.

Expert has built up expertise on the processing and uses of PVC and its environmental impact. He has studied the global market for PVC and the companies that manufacturer it. He has investigated the PVC manufacturing chain from the production of chlorine and caustic soda, through the manufacture of vinyl chloride to the polymerization of PVC.

His work on emulsion polymerization has extended to the emulsion copolymerization of acrylic mononers for use in barrier and other coating applications. As research and technical manager he has been involved with customers and the formulation of paints.

All of this work has been underpinned by his extensive knowledge of surfactants and water soluble polymers.



Expert's knowldege of surfactant and colloid chemistry was used when he was asked to write a number of reviews on the technology of detergents and cleaning products. Thus he is knowledgable about the technology of laundry and cleaning products and the of their main ingredients, their surfactants, builders, bleaches, enzymes and polymers. He has specialised in researching ways of improving their environmental performance by reducing wash temperature, reducing water use and has investigated the prospects for renewable, sustainable ingredients.

One project involved interviewing industry practioners to indentify the new "Disruptive Technologies" likely to impact and alter the development of the industry over the next 10 years.

Expert's company has supplied a number of specialist formulations to some of the UK's elite Olympic athletes.

Developed a mechanism for the suspension polymerization of vinyl chloride that led to the developed of a radically new method of controlling the morphology of grains of suspension PVC.
The model is generally accepted throughout the industry.Successfully transfered the emulsion polymerization process, used to manufacture an acrylic copolymer from the UK to Japan. Expert identified suitable global candidate manufacturers and then led the transfer process.Assembled a team of three experts (including himself) to assess the state of a salt, chloro-alkali, VCM and PVC Plant in the Middle East. Made recommendations to the national Government on options for the plant.A sports physiologist wished to test the effect of certain preparations on athletes but had no way of applying the ingredients. His company developed aqueous formulations which have been successfully used in the Universities experiments.He was asked to develop and run a processes to find out new technoogical innovations that would drive the cleaning products industry over the next 10 years

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: PhD Subject: Surface, colloid chemistry and crystal growth of polymorphs of calcium carbonate Institution: Liverpool University
Year: 1969 Degree: BSc (Hons) Subject: Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Institution: Liverpool University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: Consultant to the Chemical and Allied Industries
Years: 2002 to 2007 Employer: SABIC Title: Research Advisor Department: R&T Responsibilities: Investigated the emulsion polymerisation of vinyl chloride and supported plant production.
Years: 1990 to 2000 Employer: AstaZeneca/ICI Title: Technical Manager Department: Resins Responsibilities: Research, manufacture and product support for ICI Resins range of aqueous chloropolymer emulsions for use in barrier and coating applications
Years: 1979 to 1990 Employer: ICI Title: R&T and Technical Plant Manager Department: PVC Responsibilities: Research, manufacture and product support for the suspension PVC business

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2007 Country / Region: Middle East Summary: Research advisor into the emulsion polymerisation of vinyl chloride.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: Japan, USA Summary: Transfer of an emulsion process from the UK to Japan
Years: 1980 to 2000 Country / Region: UK, Europe, North America Summary: Manufacture of PVC and acrylic copolymers, various assignments mainly in the UK but some in Continental Europe and North America.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC.

He is Honary Secretary of CICA, The Chemical and Industrial Consultants Association.
Publications and Patents Summary
Until recently Expert's work in industry and most of the work he did was not published externally.
However he has published and presented a number of papers on the manufacture of suspension PVC and has published 2 patents.
He has also written a number of reports on the technology of cleaning products.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert's firm can provide expert witness statements on topics covered by its expertise.
Training / Seminars
Expert has delivered a number of papers at international conferences.

He has also developed and delivered a number of lectures over the Internet.

Chemical Associates also provide technical and scientific training.
Vendor Selection
An important part of Expert's work has always been to identify and approve the use of new products on the plant.
He also supports chemical companies supplying their products to the industry.
Marketing Experience
Expert's background is primarily technical. But as well as being knowledgable about science and technical issues he is well aware of the wider commercial and environmental issues that influence industries' development. His extensive knowledge of current affairs enables him to see drivers that will industry over the medium and longer terms.

Expert's has worked in a number of countries. This with his global contacts makes him aware of the social and cultural issues that affect the way people behave.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native

Fields of Expertise

colloid and interface chemistry, dispersion polymerization, emulsion polymer, flexible polyvinyl chloride, free radical polymerization, polymer, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl chloride plastisol, polyvinyl chloride quality control, rigid polyvinyl chloride, suspension polymerization, vinyl chloride, vinyl chloride environmental effect, vinyl polymerization, water-soluble polymer, polyvinyl chloride manufacturing, powder laundry detergent, anionic surfactant, cationic surfactant, detergent, detergent environmental effect, detergent formulation, detergent technology, soap environmental effect, household chemical product, vinyl chloride copolymer, polyvinyl chloride profile, laundry oxygen bleach, oxygen bleach, polyvinyl chloride extrusion, detergent testing, sodium dodecyl sulfate, vinyl film, polyvinyl chloride compounding, cleaning enzyme, synthetic detergent, alkylbenzene sulfonate, polyvinyl chloride stabilizer, dishwashing liquid detergent, cationic detergent, anionic detergent, biodegradable detergent, polyvinyl chloride degradation, enzyme detergent, industrial enzyme, polyvinyl chloride film, superconcentrated powdered detergent, dishwashing, flexible coating material, quaternary ammonium compound, polyvinyl resin processing, powdered detergent, sulfonate, fatty alcohol, aqueous solution, aqueous suspension, hydrophobic, residual monomer, biosurfactant technology, detergent processing, hydrophilicity, polyethylene oxide, powder automatic dishwashing machine detergent, laundry detergent, liquid automatic dishwashing machine detergent, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent, hydrotrope, polyvinylidene chloride film, polyvinyl chloride pipe, fabric softener, household cleaning product, automatic dishwashing machine detergent, environmentally safe cleaning agent, phosphate compound, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, detergent builder, biodegradable surfactant, organosol, thermal degradation, vinyl compound, surfactant, surface chemistry, polymer extrusion, plastisol, hydrogel, formulation, cleaning agent

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