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Expert in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Evaluates organic spectra (NMR, MS, HPLC, GC/MS, etc.) Writes & edits chemical procedures. Retired Professor of Chemistry & General Science.

Expert ID: 108042 North Carolina, USA

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Expert has expertise in many aspects of organic chemistry. He is skilled in applied synthetic procedures. He is also knowledgeable about rare and fine chemical intermediates.

Expert has experience with: aldehydes, ketones, and esters; many types of alcohols; and amides and amines. He is familiar with many kinds of hydrocarbons, including aromatic, aliphatic, and halogenated hydrocarbons, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). He has worked with nitrogen organic compounds; organic solvents; and organic acids, including aliphatic, dibasic, and aromatic. He has mastered numerous mechanisms of organic reactions. He is also experienced with naturally occurring organic compounds, particularly alkaloids, and has studied the biogenetic relationships of the alkaloids of the amanita muscaria mushroom.

Expert is adept with several analytical procedures, especially extraction, titration, gas chromatography, NMR, infrared and mass spectroscopy, distillation, and crystallization. He is also experienced with column, thin-layer, liquid and gas chromatography, radiochemistry, and radioactive labeling.

Expert has been a professional glassblower since 1976. He has extensive experience making custom scientific glassware and ran a scientific glassblowing company from 1976-78.

Highly successful, extremely versatile Ph.D. scientist well practiced in the natural sciences. Proven leadership capabilities with extensive and diverse experience working with both individuals and the public. Creative presentations, planning, supervision, negotiation, troubleshooting, organization, and education.

Director of Research & Development. Extensive experience in applied chemical research. Developing and writing organic chemical procedures. Have modified, improved, and scaled-up published synthetic methods. Supervised the laboratory.

Professor of Chemistry. Taught General & Organic Chemistry, General Science, Elementary Astronomy, Geology, Paleontology, and Physics. Teacher of the Year. President of Faculty Senate. Curriculum, Administrative, Safety, and Library committees.

Consulting: Currently analyze & evaluate NMR, Mass Spec & other spectral data. Helped NASA determine that a chemical reaction between residual fuel and cleaning fluid resulted in products that clogged critical fuel nozzles in Mars Mission. A different post-test cleaning fluid was adopted.

Fundamental research on the automated separation and identification of the alkaloids of amanita muscaria, the European Magic Mushroom. A novel metabolic pathway was proposed. Radioisotopes were used to investigate the biogenesis of the organic bases.

The use of a readily available group of organic substances known as quinolizones were used as precursors in the synthesis of lupine alkaloids. The total synthesis of lupinine, epilupinine, lamprolobine, and anagyrine in my laboratory was a direct result of this method.

Under my direction, undergraduates worked on industrial research projects. The use of students guaranteed methods that were easy to follow and difficult to fail. The students were compensated and the experience was both of a theoretical and practical nature.

As an undergraduate, stable free radicals was used to investigate the kinetics of the decomposition of labile organic peroxides. This required multi-step synthesis and spectroscopic analysis while handling volatile and very reactive chemical substances.

State Amateur Chess champion & Speed Chess Champion. President & Vice President of Chess Association. Representative to the US Chess Federation. Founder, organizer, promoter, and director of the annual LPO, the largest, most prestigious chess tournament in the South. Wrote the first computer program used to run a major USCF sanctioned Chess Tournament.

Published articles in scientific journals and popular press. Diverse subjects of general scientific interest include the synthesis of natural occurring substances, mushrooms, chess, sailboat cruising and fossils.

Prize winning glassblower. Founder & proprietor of retail and scientific glassblowing establishment. Design, consultation, and fabrication of glass sculpture, novelty items, and scientific apparatus.

Founded “The Chemical Players” Science Magic Shows. Worked with students to present entertaining and informative science shows at schools, clubs and organizations. This became a widely accepted and extremely popular educational recruiting tool.

Experienced collector of late Paleozoic plant fossils of Eastern KY, TN and WV. Donated museum quality specimens to colleges and universities throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

He was an expert witness for a proposed High Rock Nuclear facility in North Carolina.He was involved in analysis and recommendations involving alkaline discharge at Cumberland Gap tunnel project.He has proposed and written many procedures for preparation of organic chemical intermediates.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina - Durham, North Carolina - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Fayetteville, North Carolina - Cary, North Carolina - High Point, North Carolina - Greenville, North Carolina - Rocky Mount, North Carolina - Lynchburg, Virginia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: University of South Carolina
Year: 1967 Degree: A.B. Subject: Chemistry Institution: East Carolina University
Year: 1972 Degree: Post Doctoral Fellow Subject: Natural Products Institution: University of Zurich, Switzerland

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Quality Control Responsibilities: Evaluate various organic spectra. Check identity, estimate purity, identify impurities, etc.
Years: 1978 to 1999 Employer: Matrix Scientific, Guideline Consultants, Science Unlimited Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Consult with various customers concerning organic & general chemistry and miscellaneous scientific topics.
Years: 1992 to 1998 Employer: Winston-Salem State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Pikeville College, WV State College, Morris Brown College Title: Professor Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Taught Organic & General Chemistry
Years: 1991 to 1992 Employer: Winston-Salem State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Pikeville College, WV State College, Morris Brown College Title: Associate Professor Department: Organic Chemistry Responsibilities: Taught Organic Chemistry & Organic Qualitative Analysis
Years: 1989 to 1990 Employer: Winston-Salem State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Pikeville College, WV State College, Morris Brown College Title: Associate Professor Department: Department of Math & Science Responsibilities: Taught General Chemistry & Science.
Years: 1988 to 1989 Employer: Winston-Salem State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Pikeville College, WV State College, Morris Brown College Title: Associate Professor Department: Department of Natural Science & Mathematics Responsibilities: Taught Chemistry & Physics.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1971 to 1972 Country / Region: Zurich, Switzerland Summary: He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He conducted research on the metabolites of the European Magic Mushroom, amanita muscaria.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Licenses / Certifications
NC & CA Teaching Certificates.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has written several publications in chemical journals and magazines.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has written documents for litigation and have appeared in court as an expert witness.
Training / Seminars
Taught University General & Organic Chemistry at various small colleges throughout the Southern Appalachians.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of organic chemicals (intermediate, samples, etc.), inorganic chemicals, fine chemicals, scientific glass apparatus, and fossils.

He has access to personal contacts for assistance in vendor location.
Marketing Experience
As Head of R & D, he has written chemical procedures for laboratory and industrial preparations of a large variety of organic intermediates and fine chemicals.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert glassblower. Has designed and made a variety of scientific and ornamental glass objects.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert knows some German.

Fields of Expertise

acetate compound, acetic acid, acrylic compound, acylation, alcohol compound, aldehyde, aliphatic compound, aliphatic hydrocarbon, alkaloid, allyl compound, amide, amine anhydride, analytical chemistry distillation, anthranilic acid, applied organic chemistry, aromatic acid, aromatic compound, aromatic ketone, aryl compound, benzene, benzyl alcohol, carboxylic acid, chemical analysis extraction, chlorinated hydrocarbon, chlorofluorocarbon, column chromatography, crystallization, cyclization, cycloaliphatic acid, dibasic organic acid, ergot alkaloid, ester, ether compound, gas chromatography, gas-liquid chromatography, halogenated hydrocarbon, halogenation, heterocyclic compound, infrared absorption spectroscopy, ketone, liquid chromatography, methanol, molecular chirality, natural organic compound, nitrogen compound, nitrogen organic compound, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, organic acid, organic functional group analysis, phenolic compound, glassblowing, ephedrine, organic analysis, titration, synthetic organic chemistry, alkyl halide, aliphatic solvent, fine chemical intermediate, chemical intermediate, organic reaction, chemical analysis separation, thin-layer chromatography, distillation, anisole, amphetamine, methylene chloride, organohalogen, octyl acetate, glassware, nitroaromatic hydrocarbon, coal, halogenated aromatic hydrocarbon, nitrile, aniline, methyl methacrylate, heptane, ammonia, acrolein, infrared spectroscopy, organic reaction mechanism, cresol, phenol, acetonitrile, qualitative inorganic chemistry, amino acid, organic compound, terpene, toluene, sulfuric acid, spectroscopy, sodium hydroxide, scientific glassware, radioactive labeling, qualitative organic chemistry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, pharmaceutical chemistry, organic synthesis, organic solvent, organic oil, olefin, octane, nitrogen chemistry, methane, mass spectrometry, industrial chemical, hydrocarbon chemistry, hexane, halogen, glass, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, ethylene, ethanol, ethane, environmental chemistry, chromatography, chloroform, catalysis reagent, carbocation chemistry, carbanion chemistry, butanol, bulk pharmaceutical chemical manufacturing, aromatic hydrocarbon, aromatic amine, analytical chemistry, amine, alkyne, alkene, alkane, aliphatic acid, acetylene

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