Expert in UV/EB Coatings, Paint, Plastics, Failure Analysis, Chemicals, Polymers, Laboratory Testing, Patents
He has provided consulting services to a major manufacturer of raw materials used in UV/EB curable coatings.
He was able to show the manufacturer how to market a particular raw material.He has provided technical consulting services to a manufacturer of wooden cabinets. He helped the manufacturer develop a UV curable protective coating for wood cabinets.He has provided consulting services to a manufacturer of wood flooring He helped the manufacturer develop a UV curable protective coating for wood floors.He has provided consulting services to a manufacturer of raw materials used in the coating industry. The manufacturer was interested in knowing if they had a raw material that could be used in the UV/EB curable coating market. He showed them that their raw material did not offer any promise of commercialization.He has provided consulting services to a diversified manufacturer of raw materials. He was able to identify market opportunities in the UV/EB coating market.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Cape Coral, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Largo, Florida - Boynton Beach, Florida - Sarasota, Florida
|Year: 1968||Degree: Ph. D.||Subject: Photochemistry of Organometallic Compounds||Institution: City University of New York|
|Year: 1965||Degree: M.S.||Subject: Chemistry||Institution: City College of New York|
|Year: 1959||Degree: B.S.||Subject: Chemistry||Institution: City College of New York|
|Years: 2002 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Vice President||Department: Executive||Responsibilities: He provides consulting services to the coating industry specializing in UV/EB curable coatings and expert witness service to attorneys for chemical related cases.|
|Years: 1990 to 2002||Employer: DSM Desotech Inc.||Title: Technical Manager||Department: UV/EB Curable Coatings||Responsibilities: He directed corporate technical exchange program between United States laboratory and European and Japanese partners and reduced manufacturing costs through implementation of quality excellence program.
|Years: 1976 to 1990||Employer: DeSoto Inc.||Title: Technical Manager||Department: UV/EB Curable Coatings||Responsibilities: He organized and directed 14-member professional staff in the company’s first commercialization of a UV curable coating.|
|Years: 1969 to 1976||Employer: Continental Can Corporation||Title: Senior Research Chemist||Department: Coatings||Responsibilities: He commercialized Continental’s first UV curable ink for printing on metal containers.|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1982 to 2001||Country / Region:||Summary: He directed a corporate technical exchange program between United States laboratory and European and Japanese partners. This included visiting the overseas laboratories and making presentations at overseas customers.|
|Associations / Societies|
|American Chemical Society,
RadTech North America,
Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has more than 65 publications including patents, journal articles and presentations at technical conferences.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|He provides expert witness services for paints, coatings, chemicals, accidents, adhesives, failure analysis, hazardous materials, laboratory testing, patents, polymers, plastics, product defects, safety, and solvents. In addition to providing technical services, he has given court testimony and depositions.
Expert for plaintiff
• Plaintiff used a UV curable coating to manufacture 500,000 CDs and DVDs. All the CDs and DVDs had to be recalled from retail stores as a result of discoloration of the discs. The defendant (coating manufacturer) claimed the plaintiff contaminated the coating when the uncured coating was applied to the CDs and DVDs. The defendant’s expert witness provided false analytical data as proof of contamination. I was able to disprove the defendant’s analytical data and show the coating was supplied to the plaintiff with an ingredient that is not compatible with UV curable coatings. The case went to trial, and the verdict was in favor of the plaintiff.
• Plaintiff slipped on a paved asphalt walkway as she walked into a hotel. The hotel had resurfaced the outside walkway shortly prior to the accident. I was able to prove that the coating additive used as an anti-slip agent was inappropriate for an outside asphalt walkway. Following my deposition, the case was settled in favor of the plaintiff.
• Plaintiff (apartment maintenance employee) suffered serious injury to her right eye when an unopened bottle of cleaning liquid accidentally fell on the floor and some of the liquid splashed into the plaintiff’s right eye. The plaintiff had to be rushed to a hospital for eye treatment. The defendant (manufacturer of the cleaning liquid) claimed all bottles of cleaning liquid are hermetically sealed and no liquid could splash out of a bottle without removing the seal. In the presence of the defendant’s attorney, I carefully unscrewed the cap of disputed bottle of cleaning liquid and removed some solid material attached to the top of the seal. Elemental analysis of the solid material showed the presence of elemental sodium and elemental potassium. Elemental sodium is contained in the liquid cleaning solution as sodium hydroxide, and elemental potassium is contained in the liquid cleaning solution as potassium hydroxide. The presence of these highly caustic cleaning chemicals on top of the unopened bottle was evidence that the disputed bottle was not properly sealed. Following my deposition, the case was settled in favor of the plaintiff.
• Plaintiff (a medical technician) suffered exacerbation of her existing asthma condition while working in a hospital. During the time of her employment, the roof of the hospital was undergoing repair. Caulking material was applied to seal roofing membranes to metal flashing. One of the constituents of the caulking material was toluene diisocyanate (TDI). The repair work was done adjacent to an air vent that sucked air into the hospital. I arranged with a lab to replicate the conditions that existed on the roof at the time of the incident. The lab results demonstrated that free TDI was sucked into the hospital from the roof. In collaboration with a toxicologist, we were able to provide evidence that the medical technician was exposed to free TDI that caused the exacerbation of her asthma. The case went to trial, and the verdict was in favor of the plaintiff.
Continuation in Other Relevant Experience section.
|Training / Seminars|
|He conducts on-site training seminars and presents webinars on UV/EB curable coatings. Topics include chemistry, application and curing equipment, analytical test methods, formulation strategies, markets, technology benefits and health & safe handling.|
|He has considerable experience in locating, selecting and evaluating vendors of raw materials used in the manufacture of coatings|
|He has created new business opportunities through personal presentations to corporate officers and technical staff at targeted companies.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|He has excellent writing skills and is able to communicate complex chemical terminology into easy to understand language.
Expert Witness Work Continued: Expert for defendant
• Plaintiff (college student) claimed he drank a glass of beer at a college fraternity party and the beer caused his mouth to bleed. The plaintiff accused the company (defendant) that sup-plied and dispensed the beer at the party of improperly preparing the beer dispenser. I was able to recreate the procedure used at the party to prepare the beer dispenser and to chemically prove that the beer was not responsible for causing the plaintiff’s mouth to bleed. Following my deposition, the case was settled in favor of the defendant.
• Plaintiff (owner of a remodeled building) claimed that the walls in a newly constructed gymnasium could not be painted. The plaintiff’s expert analyzed the surface of the drywall. Based on his analysis, the plaintiff’s expert claimed the drywall had a surface treatment that would cause any paint applied to the surface to “spontaneously” delaminate from the walls. At the expense of the defendant, I cut out sections of the drywall in question on a Friday to analytically determine the chemical composition of the surface. The plaintiff dropped the case the following Monday.
• Plaintiff was walking into a restaurant and she slipped on the restaurant’s asphalt parking lot. The parking lot had been resurfaced shortly before the accident. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the restaurant for having a slippery parking lot that she claimed caused the accident. The plaintiff’s expert chemically analyzed the sandal worn by the plaintiff at the time of the accident. The analysis showed the sandal was made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The analysis also showed the presence of a high concentration of diisooctyl phthalate. Diisooctyl phthalate is a known liquid used as a plasticizer to soften commercial products made from PVC. I was able to provide analytical data that showed the asphalt used to resurface the parking lot did not contain any liquid diisooctyl phthalate. The case was settled in favor of the defendant.
• Plaintiff complained that she suffered extreme hair loss as a result of her hair stylist’s improper application of a commercial adhesive used to attach artificial hair (wig) to her own hair. The adhesive is sometimes referred to as super glue (chemical name: ethyl cyanoacrylate). The plaintiff had been using the same hair stylist for 5 years. During this time, the hair stylist had been using the same adhesive to attach hair extensions directly to the plaintiff’s hair. The plaintiff never complained about any hair loss or skin irritation during these five years of service. I was able to provide convincing evidence that the hair stylist was using the same procedure to attach the wig to the plaintiff’s hair as previously used to attach hair extensions directly to the plaintiff’s hair. Therefore, the hair stylist did to cause any hair loss. Following my deposition, the case was settled in favor of the defendant.