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Expert in Wastewater Treatment

Expert ID: 107886 Oregon, USA

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Dr. G. Expert has applied his background in chemical engineering, particulate filtration, and membrane separation technology to the areas of water and wastewater management, pollution prevention, and the treatment of industrial wastewaters and hazardous wastes. He is knowledgeable of waste minimization, waste surveys and audits (involving sampling and chemical analysis protocols), industrial water management and treatment, project management, process design and wastewater treatment equipment selection, control systems for treatment plants, operator training programs, and troubleshooting of existing treatment plants. He has consulted for clients in the electronics, semiconductor, disk drive, metal plating and finishing, chemical, oil, mining, textile, pulp and paper, laundry, ceramics and paints, pesticide, food and beverage, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Expert's experience in wastewater treatment facility design includes work on an effluent treatment system for an oil refinery using DAF, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and GAC. He worked on the process design and equipment specification of a 1 MGD treatment plant for the removal of selenium from agricultural drainage water. He was also involved in the design and development of a sophisticated computer control system for a wastewater treatment plant for a major semiconductor company.


Expert has over 20 years of experience with process and engineering design of filtration equipment, membrane separation systems (including reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration), ion exchange, evaporators, biological treatment, and general treatment systems.

Experienced with many aspects of pollution prevention, Expert is an expert in environmental compliance audits, performance audits, and site audits. He is extremely knowledgeable of hazardous waste regulations, particularly for California. He is a Registered Environmental Assessor in California. He has worked on audits and chemical analysis surveys for semiconductor manufactures.


Expert provides his clients with cost effective solutions and detailed recommendations to minimize waste production and optimize water usage by operational improvements, production process equipment, chemical changes, operator training programs, and improved automation. He is familiar with hazardous waste reduction systems in the industries that produce heavy metals, pesticides, paints, dyestuffs, solvents, and oil and grease.

Expert has both process design and operational experience with the treatment technologies used for recovery and reuse, including filtration, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, activated carbon, evaporation, dewatering filter presses, and drying equipment. He was a Project Manager for technology demonstration projects carried out for the California DHS Toxic Substances Control Division and the EPA SITE program. The former was a waste reduction and recycling system for heavy metals and pigments used in the paint and ceramics industry. Both water and separated waste were reused through the processes of microfiltration, filter press dewatering, drying, and vitrification to form a ceramic substance. The EPA SITE project was on the removal of high concentrations of heavy metals (copper and zinc) from acid mine drainage water.


A significant portion of Expert's career has involved process design, equipment selection, and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment systems for particulates and heavy metals removal encountered in the metal finishing industry. He has worked with copper, nickel, lead, zinc, and chromium. He is familiar with ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, chemical coagulation and flocculation, neutralization, pH control, activated carbon, particulate filtration, sludge dewatering and drying, and chemical oxygen demand removal. He has designed and installed over 40 wastewater treatment systems of sizes up to 250,000 gallons per day for the groundwater remediation, metal plating, ceramics production, semiconductors, electronics, and disk drive industries.


Familiar with all aspects of filtration and membrane technology, Expert has designed and installed filtration and membrane separation equipment for desalination, process water treatment, particulate and fine filtration of beverages and wine, and cooling tower recirculation systems. He is extremely knowledgeable of treatment methods employing microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and reverse osmosis systems.


Expert has experience with treating groundwater for the removal of heavy metals, particulates, oil, and organic substances by activated carbon or catalytic oxidation.


Expert has experience with the design, selection, programming, and installation of computer and PLC (programmable logic controllers) based control systems, including visual display units. He has been involved in projects ranging from pH control for neutralization and flocculation to complex, multi-process control systems for treatment plants that require monitoring, alarming, sequence control, PID control, and information logging.


Expert has recently designed and installed a continuous, online process monitor for copper and nickel. This system uses ICP technology and automatically samples, analyses, provides process alarms, and prepares daily and monthly reports for treated wastewater prior to sewer discharge. The system is capable of analyzing up to 20 elements and can be used for the monitoring of most process streams requiring metals analysis.



Expert has designed numerous desalination systems, including the commissioning of large units and trouble-shooting.

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Expert advised client on setting up a microbiological testing laboratory, including specification of equipment and technician training. Expert evaluated the market for a new polymer developed by a major chemical company, and advised on potential applications and large customers for the new product.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Fresno, California - Salinas, California - Visalia, California - Santa Maria, California - Santa Cruz, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: PhD Subject: Biochemical Engineering Institution: UMIST
Year: 1970 Degree: MSc Subject: Biochemical Engineering Institution: UMIST
Year: 1968 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: UMIST

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineering Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1997 to 1998 Employer: Hydrokinetic Systems, inc. Title: Vice President Department: Technical Operations Responsibilities:
Years: 1993 to 1997 Employer: Envirogard Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Consultant
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: Binnie California, Inc. Title: Director of Operations Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: Binnie California, inc. Title: Chief Chemical Engineer Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: EPOC Ltd. Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: Binne and Partners Title: Consulting Engineer Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1980 to 1984 Employer: University of Durban Title: Professor of Chemical Engineering Department: Responsibilities:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Summary: Expert has worked in England, South Africa, and Australia as a consulting chemical engineer on water and wastewater projects.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the Water Pollution Control Federation and the American Association of Chemical Engineers.

Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a California Registered Environmental Assessor.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been an expert witness for several litigation cases - control failure resulting in the collapse of an anerobic digestor, biosolds processing, and control failure at a sewage pumping station.
Training / Seminars
Ultra-pure water treatment.
Wastewater treatment of heavy metals.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of: particulate filtration, heavy metal removal systems, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and filter press.

Fields of Expertise

chemical industrial wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater, industrial water, industrial water treatment, influent water treatment, plating waste, wastewater, wastewater treatment, wastewater treatment engineering, wastewater pretreatment, process-water treatment, purified water, reverse osmosis, reverse osmosis water treatment, water, aquatic chemistry, water disinfectant, water disinfection, water evaporation, water filter, water filtration equipment, water filtration system, water pretreatment, industrial wastewater treatment facility, wastewater treatment facility, wastewater treatment facility design, copper recovery, reverse osmosis industrial wastewater treatment, water management, wastewater treatment equipment, wastewater collection equipment, membrane separation, ultrafiltration membrane, process control system, wastewater statute, waste auditing, effluent monitoring, demineralized water, chemical waste minimization, hazardous-waste source reduction, waste minimization, wastewater recycling, hazardous waste treatment, waste recovery, wastewater flocculation, water reuse, metal finishing wastewater treatment, plating wastewater treatment, aqueous filtration, industrial wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater filtration, groundwater cleanup, groundwater treatment, process control system design, process monitoring, heavy metal analysis, demineralization, desalination, water treatment chemistry, oil treatment, wastewater system, wastewater plant design, mercury removal, water filtration system, hypochlorous acid, chromium removal, ion-exchange resin, brackish water, polyaluminum chloride, groundwater remediation, biological treatment, dissolved air flotation, ozone generator, ferric chloride, water microbial contamination, toxic substance, hazardous waste remediation, granular activated carbon industrial wastewater treatment, water treatment chemical, zero-discharge closed cycling wastewater treatment, closed cycling wastewater treatment, water treatment instrumentation, boiler feedwater treatment, toxic waste treatment, zero discharge plant, water reclamation, peroxide oxidation, hydrogen peroxide oxidation, oil-spill control, hazardous-waste pumping equipment, hazardous-waste filtration equipment, flocculation process, boiler water treatment, hazardous-waste cleanup, mobile hazardous waste treatment, sequential hazardous waste treatment, water treatment system, water-treatment ion exchange, water treatment filtration, water treatment, water-softening agent, activated carbon water filtration, activated-carbon system, water pollution assessment, toxic substance contaminated water treatment, industrial wastewater treatment statute, industrial wastewater precipitation process, hazardous waste precipitation process, chemical coagulation, packed-tower air stripping, toxic waste, small community drinking water treatment system, air stripping, liquid waste reactor, granular activated carbon, ion exchange, hazardous waste, hazardous waste treatment organic chemical, water softening, water purification, vitrification, water ultrafiltration, hazardous waste stabilization, hazardous waste solidification, pigment, physical industrial wastewater treatment, ozone water purification, ozone, hazardous waste oxidation, hazardous waste neutralization, lime softening, iron removal, hydrogen peroxide environmental effect, hydrogen peroxide, groundwater contamination, groundwater, flocculating agent, hazardous waste fixation, coagulant, waste clarification, boiler feedwater

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