Process and Catalyst Research Consultant, Development through Commercialization

Technical Consultant #1105


Expertise

Catalyst and Process Technologies

  • Eethylene oxide and ethylene glycol
  • Ethylene and propylene glycol ethers
  • Ethanolamines
  • Propylene oxide, on-purpose propylene
  • Styrene
  • Methyl methacrylate
  • Ethoxylates
  • Polyether polyols
  • Oxo chemicals
  • Ethyleneamines
  • Maleic anhydride
  • 1,4-butanediol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Acetic acid, acetic anhydride
  • Formic acid,
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nitric acid
  • Methanol
  • Fischer-Tropsch
  • Chemicals
  • Plastics and fuels from biomass
  • Process intensification
  • Microreactor technology

Summary

  • Research and development, manufacture and global sales in the Heterogeneous catalyst manufacturing.
  • Petrochemical process research and development (and catalyst), global licensing and technology transfer.
  • Product commercialization, (new products and catalyst) and process technolog in
  • Modeling of process technologies and economic evaluations.
  • Business analysis, business evaluation, product portfolio, research and development management.
  • Market analysis and supply and demand studies.
  • Due diligence support for technology and business acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Competitive analysis.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Accident Investigation

Expert Witness Experience

  • Deposition and litigation support; process technologies, in catalysts manufacturing sector.
  • Patent and Intellectual property portfolio and infringement analysis.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President and Principal, 2001 - Present

  • Advisor of all stages of technology (conception to commercialization of catalytic process-catalysts) and general management.
  • Expert witness and litigation support, including depositions, and testimony before Federal Court in Southern District of New York.
  • Investigation of the cause and recommended remedy for poor performing catalytic reactors for a major petrochemical product for a group of international underwriters.
  • Consultant to developers of novel catalytic reactor concepts, evaluation of potential benefits and advice on future research and development.
  • Consultant to developers of novel catalysts, including evaluation of potential benefits and advice on future research and development.
  • Consultant to developers of processes to produce chemicals, fuels and plastics from biomass, including evaluation of potential benefits and economic comparisons to conventional petrochemical processes.
  • Analysis of potential novel catalyst, process or reactor design developments and related business plans by small companies for various venture companies and other potential investors.
  • Evaluation of proposed research and development projects, program auditing and assessment of technology readiness for commercialization for various petrochemical and catalyst companies as well as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
  • Merit reviewer for a number of industry areas within the DOE ITP Program, including chemicals, forest products, fuels, and materials for separations.
  • Market studies and technical reports, and economic models, for a developer of biomass-based chemical production processes.
  • Technical support for expert witnesses to several forensic consulting organizations; and expert witness for a major chemical company, involving a supply contract dispute with a second major chemical company.
  • Led a team of consultants in a mathematical and experimental analysis of whether overheating of an iso-container during storage and ocean transport could have led to a runaway polymerization resulting ultimately in a fatal ship-board accident.
  • Investigation of the fouling of a group of catalytic reactors for a group of underwriters.

Scientific Design Company, Inc., President and CEO, Little Ferry, NJ, 1988 - 2000

  • Full profit and loss responsibility, reporting to the Managing Director of Linde Engineering, Contracting Division of Linde AG.
  • Licensing process technologies to the international chemical industries and furnishing catalysts for use in those technologies.
  • Development of two technology alliances that strengthened the competitive position of the company in its most important product lines.
  • Re-organization and revitalization of the company, particularly with respect to strengthening its research and development and plant commissioning activities, implementing ISO 9002 registration, and leading the company's acquisition efforts.

Chem Systems, Inc., Director, Process Evaluation/Research Planning, White Plains, NY 1987 - 1988

  • Profit and loss responsibility for and technical oversight of this large multi-client service.
  • Arranged and chaired three international technical seminars per year.

Halcon Scientific Design Group, Inc., Montvale, NJ, and New York, 1960 - 1987

Entrepreneurial Developer, 1987

  • Unequaled record of success as an entrepreneurial developer of new chemical technologies, carrying out research and development, licensing, engineering/construction and investment in the international petrochemical field.

President, 1985 - 1987

  • Responsible for leadership and profit and loss for this 600-person, diversified subsidiary of Texas Eastern.
  • Reduction of operating losses, re-organization of the group, relocation of the group to New Jersey, refocusing research objectives and improving research and development productivity.

Vice President, Technology, 1980 - 1985

  • Responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies included those needed to support the parent Texas Eastern Corporation after its acquisition of Halcon SD.
  • Direct oxidation of hydrogen to hydrogen peroxide, non-noble metal carbonylation of methanol to acetic acid, destruction of PCBs and hydrogenation of maleic anhydride to 1-4, butanediol.

Vice President, Development, 1977 - 1980

  • Supervised the development of several of the above-mentioned technologies and acted as the technical liaison with Arco Chemical and Oxirane in the startup of a plant utilizing novel Halcon acetoxylation technology to produce ethylene glycol directly from ethylene and oxygen.

Vice President and General Manager, 1975 - 1977

  • Full profit and loss responsibility for that catalyst research and development manufacturing and sales subsidiary of Halcon SD.
  • Catalysts included SynDox ethylene oxide catalyst, SynDan maleic anhydride ex benzene catalyst, SynDane maleic anhydride ex n-butane catalyst, SynDol alcohol dehydration catalyst and sale of several third party catalysts.

Development Department, 1960 - 1975

  • Holding several technical positions, including responsibility for the development function in support of the novel acetoxylation technology for ethylene glycol from ethylene.
  • Process development and improvement function in support of SD's ethylene oxide technology.
  • Responsible for setting the design basis for new plants utilizing SD's newly commercialized oxygen-based EO process and revamps of client's air-based process plants to oxygen.
  • Responsible for supervising startups of a number of new and revamped plants, and a number of new catalysts.
  • Overseeing the ethylene oxide catalyst and process research and development efforts, including managing the testing and commercialization of new generations of EO catalysts, and led the development and commercialization of SD's oxygen-based process.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Management Division Award
  • AIChE Management Conferences
  • Co-chair of Conference Advisory Committee
  • Chair of Conference Advisory Committee
  • Member of Advisory Committees for previous conferences
  • Societe de Chimie Industrielle, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Membership, Board Member
  • American Chemical Society
  • President of Association of Consulting Chemists & Chemical Engineers, Inc.
  • ChemPharma

Publications and Patents

  • Three patents and numerous publications.

Education

  • D. Eng, Sci. Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.S. Business Policy, School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering. (Monsanto Fellow), School of Engineering, Columbia University, NY
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
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