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Expert in UV/EB Coatings, Paint, Plastics, Failure Analysis, Chemicals, Polymers, Laboratory Testing, Patents

Expert ID: 727549 Florida, USA

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Expert has a Ph. D. in chemistry and offers more than 30 years of extensive R&D, manufacturing, patent law, worldwide government chemical compliance and management expertise in the chemical industry. A nationally known expert in the field of UV and EB curable coatings, he has been selected to present the Technical and Safety portions of the last five Primer Sessions held at the RadTech National Conferences. He has hands-on laboratory and R&D management experience in the commercialization of more than 50 new products for a broad range of industrial uses. Coating, ink and adhesive applications include: graphic arts, SMC, vinyl and wood flooring, automotive head lamps, kitchen cabinets, appliances, galvanized steel tubing, composites, optical fibers, DVD and CD. For more than twenty years, he directed a corporate technical exchange program between his United States laboratory and European and Japanese partners. He has more than 65 publications including patents, journal articles and presentations at technical conferences. He developed and implemented a multi-million-dollar global patent program that included worldwide patent enforcement as well as filing patent applications worldwide. In addition, he created and directed a corporate worldwide product MSDS and government compliance program. He has excellent writing skills and is able to communicate complex chemical technology into easy to understand language.

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

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
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.

International Experience

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.

Career Accomplishments

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.

Additional Experience

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.
Vendor Selection
He has considerable experience in locating, selecting and evaluating vendors of raw materials used in the manufacture of coatings
Marketing Experience
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.

Fields of Expertise

acrylate coating material, acrylic coating material, acrylic paint, acrylic polymerization, chemical analysis extraction, chemical-resistant coating material, clear coating material, coating crosslinking, coating equipment, coating formulation, coating material failure analysis, coating material quality assurance, coating property, coating selection, coating technology, dental polymer, electron-beam polymer curing, epoxy coating material, epoxy paint, gamma radiation effect on plastic, hardcoat material, low-solvent coating material, metal coating material, optical fiber coating material, organic coating material, paint chemistry, paint failure analysis, paint formulation, paint light stabilization, paper coating material, plastic failure analysis, polymer chemistry, polymer coating material, protective coating material, silicone coating material, stain-resistant coating material, thermoset coating material, thixotropic paint, ultraviolet-curable coating material, urethane paint, commercial coating, anti-corrosive coating material, compliance testing, pigmented coating, specialty coating material, paint film weathering, single-package coating material, fluoropolymer coating material, coating weight, plastic material test procedure, polymer degradation, paint degradation, optical hard coating, hard coating, slippery coating material, plastic optical fiber, acrylic lacquer, anti-corrosive coating failure analysis, plastic material property, coating drying system, chemical reactivity, chemical reaction, antifouling coating material, acrylic compound, plastic failure, addition polymer, high-temperature plastic, infrared polymer curing, acrylic acid

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