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Expert in Wastewater & Permits, Electro/Electroless/Semiconductor Plating Processes, Water Recycle

Expert ID: 716179 California, USA

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Expert has 25 years of R&D, technical service, and consulting experience in most areas of electroless plating, electrolytic plating, and printed circuit board plating. He owns his own consulting and contract R&D firm, which has numerous U.S. patents. A certified electroplater finisher, he has conducted tin, silver, nickel, lead, gold, copper, brush, and zinc plating. He has experience with plating of plastics and plating for RFI shielding. Additionally, Expert has designed and built plating waste plants up to 500 GPM. Current consulting projects in China are in printed circuit production, electroless nickel/gold plating, plating chemical formulation, plating chemical production (all phases, from paperwork flow to raw materials sourcing and analyses), and metals waste disposal and recycling.

Expert does consulting and contract R&D in these fields. In fact, his company has received eight grants from the California EPA Office of Alternative Technology on specific hazardous waste minimization projects for the printed circuit board industry. He also received a DOD/Navy grant. Expert also designs, uses, and troubleshoots equipment for the semiconductor industry, such as sulfuric acid reprocessing equipment.

Expert consults in the areas of waste and wastewater treatment. He has specified, asked for quotes, evaluated for final selection, installed, and done troubleshooting for wastewater treatment systems. He has also worked on recycling and reuse systems, water use minimization, sludge reduction, and others. He is currently doing an R&D project on sludge minimization and innovative sludge treatment methods. Additionally, Expert formulates and uses flocculating agents for waste treatment. An expert in wastewater treatment, Expert has designed and is currently operating a 500 GPM system to convert semiconductor wastewater back to ultrapure fab water.

Expert has specified and designed treatment processes for reverse osmosis compatibility.

Expert designs, uses, and troubleshoots sulfuric acid recovery and purification equipment in semiconductor plants.

Expert has expertise in the area of California State permits, especially industrial waste treatment, risk management prevention plans, Permit by Rule, wastewater treatment, and industrial safety. He is a Registered Environmental Assessor, an Arbitrator for the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Arbitration Panel, and a certified waste treatment engineer.

Expert has spent over 20 years in research and development management. He has participated in all of the above topics listed in this summary section, including design and development of novel plating, electroless plating, printed circuit plating, CMP processing, and waste treatment chemical processes. He also developed and commercialized, as a technical sales rep and as manager, capital equipment for waste treatment, wastewater recycle, chemical recycle, ultrapure water production and recycle, fluoride removal, heavy metals removal, CMP waste treatment, and other wastes in the semiconductor and plating industries. He has in-depth knowledge of plating, electroless plating, surface treatment, and waste treatment of semiconductor and plating wastes.


Expert ran a pilot waste treatment system for a supplier to a major semiconductor process plant in competition with two other selected vendors. He won the contract, worth in excess of $3MM, for the client company, and took the job for the design and installation of same.He finished the installation, troubleshooting, and successful start-up of a fluoride removal and water recycle system at a major semiconductor plant in Asia, at 500 GPM. Expert has worked with a U.S. client in the plating industry for over 12 years to handle all permitting and reporting issues for air quality, sanitation, storm water, OSHA, EPA, RCRA, and the like.He worked with a U.S. client company to help develop a successful line of copper cleaning products for sub-micron copper semiconductor chips. Expert worked with an electroless silver on plastics specialty product, and with electroless plating on engineering plastics for another project.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: General Religion Institution: Universal Life Church University
Year: 1973 Degree: M.S. Subject: Advanced Management Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Year: 1970 Degree: M.S. Subject: Inorganic Chemistry Institution: Chemistry
Year: 1967 Degree: B.S. Subject: General Chemistry Institution: Chemistry

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Self-Employed Independent Consultant Responsibilities: Expert works on the design, construction, and start-up of waste treatment plants in the semiconductor industry in Asia and the U.S.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: BOCEdwards Title: Sr.Technical Manager Department: Hydromatix Responsibilities: Expert visited customer plants, evaluated permit and treatment needs, designed water purification or waste treatment systems, wrote technical and sales proposals, and gave technical and sales presentations.
Years: 1999 to 2002 Employer: Microbar, Inc. Title: Director Department: Wastewater Treatment Responsibilities: He visited customer plants, evaluated permit and treatment needs, designed water purification or waste treatment systems, wrote technical and sales proposals, and gave technical and sales presentations.
Years: 1991 to 1999 Employer: IPEC Corp. Title: Director Department: Advanced Technologies Responsibilities: He visited customer plants, evaluated permit and treatment needs, designed water purification or waste treatment systems, wrote technical and sales proposals, and gave technical and sales presentations. He was involved in lab management and pilot plant design and running.
Years: 1984 to 1991 Employer: Dynachem Electronics Materials Title: Senior Scientist/Sales Representative/Research Manager Department: Responsibilities: He held a variety of positions from Research Manager of two groups, 15 people; to Senior Scientist Waste Disposal, and Sales Representative on a special test program.
Years: 1980 to 1984 Employer: Enthone, Inc. Title: Manager, Technical Services/Research Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert ran a technical service group for half of the continental U.S. (10-15 people); he was also responsible for manufacturing QC and plant waste water treatment. All this pertained to plating and electroless plating.
Years: 1973 to 1979 Employer: Borg Warner Corp. Title: Group Leader Department: Responsibilities: He ran the electroless plating group, visited plants, troubleshot, and worked in new process development.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1995 to 1996 Agency: U.S. Navy Role: Contract Research Project Manager Description: Expert wrote, submitted, and won a grant from the Naval Air Warfare Center to study trivalent conversion coatings for aluminum alloys.
Years: 1994 to 1995 Agency: California Department of Toxic Substances Control Role: Contract Research Project Manager Description: He won funding for a proposal to study the recycle and reuse of nitrate-based solder strippers.
Years: 1990 to 1995 Agency: California Department of Toxic Substance Control Role: Contract Research Project Manager Description: Expert’s consulting company, Applied Electroless Concepts, won seven other projects in the plating, waste treatment, and waste recycle categories, more than any other company in California.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Singapore Summary: Expert worked with a major semiconductor plant on contract to solve fume scrubbing problems involving toxic wastes.
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Korea Summary: He oversaw the installation of a CMP wastewater treatment system with water recycle capability, brought it into operation to spec, and did training and troubleshooting.
Years: 2003 to 2011 Country / Region: China Summary: He is working as a consultant in printed circuit processes, plating waste disposal, and water recycle systems.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: Germany Summary: He installed and ran a waste water pilot system for CMP, fluoride, and metals removal at semiconductor plant.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: He worked with a plating wastewater recycle plant in start-up, troubleshooting, and process changes.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society.
Licenses / Certifications
He is retired as a Registered Environmental Assessor Phase I California #01473. He is Certified Waste Treatment Engineer in California and Illinois; and a Certified Electroplater-Finisher with American Electroplaters Society.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was awarded the President's Award at Enthone and Dynachem.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 43 patents in waste treatment, plating, recycle, and other areas, and over 75 publications in encyclopedias, books, and magazines on plating, waste disposal, and other topics.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been an expert witness in three trials: one wrongful death and three pollution discharge problems. All were resolved successfully for clients. Currently he is serving as expert witness on a EPA plating site pollution case.
Training / Seminars
He has given training courses on OSHA safety, pollution control, RFI shielding, printed circuit board processing, electroless plating, and other topics.
Vendor Selection
Expert has extensive experience for at least 15 years in chemical and equipment vendor selection.
Marketing Experience
He won award at two companies; in each case brought new chemical discoveries to the marketplace in the fastest time for each company. He also commercialized many equipment and chemical processes.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert has basic capabilities in speaking, reading, and writing French for technical and tourist areas.

Fields of Expertise

additive plating process, brush plating process, chemical mechanical polishing, copper plating process, electroless nickel plating, electroless plating process, electroplating, gold electroplating process, gold plating process, lead electroplating process, nickel plating process, plating process, Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act regulation, combined hazardous waste treatment, hazardous waste, hazardous waste materials reuse, hazardous waste recycling, hazardous waste treatment, hazardous wastewater treatment system, industrial waste treatment, industrial waste treatment facility, industrial wastewater, industrial wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment statute, hazardous waste emergency response operation, hazardous waste management regulation, hazardous waste material substitution, hazardous waste precipitation process, hazardous waste treatment inorganic chemical, chemical industrial wastewater treatment, closed cycling wastewater treatment, wastewater treatment, ultrapure water, floc, reverse osmosis industrial wastewater treatment, reverse osmosis water treatment, chemical recovery, California regulation, Environmental Protection Agency regulation, environmental regulation, research management, waste disposal management, process semiconductor, water sanitation, rack plating, planarization, plating wastewater treatment, California Environmental Protection Agency, printed circuit board manufacture waste treatment, wastewater treatment engineering, pink ring minimization, pink ring, plating waste, plastic plating process, plastic electroplating process, wastewater recycling, recycling, printed-wiring board plating process, copper electroplating process, nickel electroplating process, zinc electroplating process, solid waste floc, waste-treatment sludge, troubleshooting, pollution prevention, hazardous-waste filtration equipment, hazardous-waste disposal, hazardous waste cleanup statute, hazardous-waste cleanup, printed wiring industry plating process, printed circuit board manufacturing, sequential hazardous waste treatment, industrial waste management, water treatment filtration, water treatment, waste management regulation, waste-management guidance, waste disposal statute, hazardous-waste management, materials safety data sheet, water pollution assessment, wastewater pretreatment, waste assessment, sludge treatment, waste treatment, pattern plating process, panel plating process, industrial wastewater precipitation process, industrial wastewater filtration, direct electroplating process, chemical coagulation, water pollution process, hazardous-waste source reduction, waste minimization, industrial sludge disposal, wastewater treatment facility, industrial waste, waste reduction, training, water pollution control, environmental impact assessment, wastewater, copper chemistry, hazardous material, hazardous waste treatment organic chemical, sludge treatment organic chemical, sludge treatment inorganic chemical, wastewater collection equipment, zinc, waste recycling, waste recovery, waste management, hazardous waste stabilization, sludge management regulation, selective plating process, physical industrial wastewater treatment, ozone water purification, hazardous waste oxidation, nickel, hazardous waste neutralization, metal finishing wastewater treatment, metal finishing process, environmental impact statement, electroplated coating durability, demineralization, copper environmental effect, copper, Clean Air Act, CERCLA regulation, business process re-engineering, barrel plating, automatic plating

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