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Expert in Un-Rivaled Expertise in Problem Solving for Chemicals, Polymers and Plastic Industry.

Expert ID: 724485 Georgia, USA

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Having worked 27 years in a world-class "Analytical Sciences" organization, he developed a unique expertise in solving complex problems. The latter sometimes led to "Discovery of New Concepts" that translated to new business growth. Successful case histories of complex problem solving and technology development have led him to deliver numerous invited lectures on a global basis, "New Concept & Business Development from Analytical Sciences". Although, highly specialized in "Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA) & Rheology", he has enough knowledge of complementary analytical techniques. He is passionate about demonstrating if & why product "A" is different from product "B" and then recommending solutions to bridge the gap or reverse the trend. This type of expertise has formed the basis of 2 International awards, 21 US patents and major business awards.

He studied, published and patented various fundamental aspects of polychlorotrifluoroethylene.

He is credited with pioneering studies on Nylons or Polyamides, for example, discovery of processing induced memory effects, anomalous rheological behavior of ultra-dried resins. He has an in-depth knowledge of structure-property-processing; Nylons studied included Nylon 6, Nylon 66, Nylon 46, Nylon 12, Amorphous Nylons, Blends, Copolymers. He solved numerous manufacturing issues with nylon processing.

He has an in-depth knowledge of thermoplastics from a fundamental point of view. He is a recognized expert in polymer crystallization and crystallinity. He is highly knowledgeable on processing of plastics, effect of properties, detecting subtle changes in structure, modification through blends and alloying.

Expert is an internationally renowned expert in DSC with 34 years experience.

He consulted with a major Paper & Pulp company on the business and technology trends in the area of a Natural Fibers-Plastics composites.He was an on-site consultant to a major Roofing-Building Products company for advice on "Materials Selection" as well as for solving product quality issues. He lectured and taught Polymers-Analytical Sciences; on-site.He was hired as a consultant by a supplier who wanted to sell Nylon based compounds to packaging film manufacturers.He consulted with a major company on improving the "Dimensional Stability" of films containing Nylon as one of the plastics.He has been invited to numerous premier institutions to lecture & consult on a 1-day basis.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Macon, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: PhD Subject: Polymer Science & Engineering Institution: Polytechnic University
Year: 1975 Degree: MS Subject: Polymer Science & Engineering Institution: Polytechnic University
Year: 1974 Degree: MS Subject: Analytical Technologies Institution: Indian Institute of Technology
Year: 1972 Degree: MS Subject: Analytical Chemistry Institution: University of Delhi
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Delhi

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to 2009 Employer: IMERYS Title: Senior Technology Fellow / Director Department: Performance Minerals Responsibilities: He was a Senior Technology FELLOW and a Director of Technology
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: RAYONIER Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was manager of reinforced engineering thermoplastics program
Years: 1975 to 2001 Employer: ALLIEDSIGNAL / HONEYWELL Title: Senior Principal Scientist Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for a group involved in thermal-mechanical-rheological-barrier analytical techniques.

• Demonstrated expertise in Thermal–Mechanical–Rheological–Barrier properties of materials.
• Uniquely skilled in demonstrating “If & Why Product / Process A is Different from Product / Process B and Inventing Solutions to Match if not Reverse the Trend” using a coordinated analytical sciences approach.
• Successfully solved numerous production, customer, and scale-up problems.
• Successfully solved manufacturing problems occurring during Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Thermoforming, Cast and Blown Film operations.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society of Plastics Engineers.
North American Thermal analysis Society
Technical Association of Paper & Pulp Industries (TAPPI)
Awards / Recognition
HONORS & AWARDS
• Research Publications >120 {81 in Reviewed Journals, Books, and Encyclopedias}
• US Patents > 25 {from fundamental work; patents unexpected}
• Director of courses on Polymeric Films, Polymer Melt Rheology, Thermal Properties, and Analytical Sciences offered in the US and in Europe since.
• Contributions to technology leveraged sales growth (>$50M) recognized by Corporate R&T through 5 Special Recognition Awards and 3 business awards, namely, GROWTH, SAVE, and SALE of the year awards.
• Recipient of the International “Mettler” award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society for outstanding contributions to thermoanalytical sciences. Society’s elected Fellow
• Recipient of the International “Engineering / Technology” award of the Society of Plastics Engineers for fundamental contributions to the field of plastics.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 120 publications
and 21 US Patents

Technologist with a unique mix of Academic & Business achievements

• Academic: 120 research publications, director of courses offered in the US / Europe, and 2 International Awards
• Commercial: Numerous new product launches covering both Incremental & Conceptual innovations; 25 US patents
• Business: Numerous corporate business awards such as “Sales”, “Save” and “Growth of the year; frequently invited to speak on “Business Growth via Technology”

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
(1) Served as an " Expert Witness" in a patent infringement case between two Fortune 100 firms
(2) Participated in a patent infringement case between two Fortune 100 firms in Canada
(3) Prepared documents for patent disputes handled by arbitragers.


PATENT INFRINGEMENT
• Expert witness on two recent PLASTIC cases; one on “Injury due to Defective Product” and the other on “Royalty Claims on Licensed Technology”. Settled Out of Court
• Expert witness in a winning litigation related to a “Medical Device” between two Fortune 100 companies.
• Participated in a winning patent infringement case between two Fortune 100 companies held in Canada.
• Prepared documents for patent disputes handled by arbitragers…
Training / Seminars
Taught an unrivaled course since 1995 in the USA and Europe,
"Industrial Problem Solving via Analytical Sciences"
Marketing Experience
A technologist with 30+ years of extensive experience in the field of chemicals, polymers, and plastics. Uniquely Skilled in demonstrating if / why product A > B.
Other Relevant Experience
Demonstrate if & why A is different from B and try proposing technology solutions to bridge the gap or reverse the trend

PERFORMANCE MINERALS
IMERYS (Roswell, GA), Senior Technology Fellow / Director of Technology
• Developed the most definitive understanding to date of CaCO3 – Stearic Acid interactions since the 1960’s leading to $900K annual savings.

NATURAL FIBERS-PLASTIC COMPOSITES
• Led the project to a decision point. Fibers evaluated included wood fiber, wood flour, highly purified cellulose, kenaf, and rayon in comparison to glass fibers. Plastics evaluated included polypropylene (PP) and nylons (PA6 or N6).
• Developed a novel compounding process to achieve high dispersion at commercially acceptable throughputs.

NYLONS / POLYAMIDES
• Credited with “Pioneering Work on Nylons” (PA6, PA66, PA46, PA12, Amorphous Nylons)
• Demonstrated expertise in structure-property-processing relationships: crystallinity, crystallite size, orientation, melt-rheology, dimensional stability, manufacturing problems.

POLYMERS / PLASTICS
• Studied, published, and lectured on numerous polymers such as polyethylene (PE), PP, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), fluoropolymers such as Teflon, PFA, PVdF, and PCTFE, and BIO-Polymers such as polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and polylactic acid (PLA) & its blends.

PLASTIC PACKAGING FILMS
• Developed a “Paper-Like Film” from an R&D concept to respond to a need for an environmentally friendly packaging film.
• R&T’s Business Unit Liaison to Specialty Films Business and key technologist for Packaging Resins Business
• Led “Emerging Technologies” to improve Moisture and or Oxygen gas barrier of plastic films by modified Metallization and other coatings such as SiOx / AlOx via plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), and E-beam vaporization. Evaluated other technologies of the future such as Polylactic acid (PLA) & its blends for packaging applications.
• Continuously solved problems related to plastic films such as dimensional stability, optical properties, adhesive / cohesive failure, root-cause investigations of defects during retort operations, occurrence of gel defects, and bubble instability during blown film process.

COMPOUNDING & ADDITIVES
• Commercialized a cost-effective & high performance lubricant for Nylon plastics
• Demonstrated skills in nucleating agents & clarifiers
• Experienced in detecting unexpected benefits of additives & developing new applications
• Experienced in “Specialty Compounding”


Fields of Expertise

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