Biodegradable Plastics Consultant: Expert in Acrylic Polymer Technology

Technical Consultant #1628



  • 30 years experience in the plastics and polymer industry working with both ICI in the UK and Rohm and Haas in the US.
  • Internationally recognized expert in polymer synthesis, applications, bio-degradation and green polymer chemistry.
  • Synthesis of many new polymer and plastic materials.
  • Biodegradable of plastics; materials and polymers based on renewable resources; green chemistry.
  • Polymer materials and application development experience in coatings, corrosion, water treatment, oil drilling and oil recovery, cosmetics, and personal care markets.

Polymeric Science and Applications

  • Polymer discovery and laboratory development to scale up; provide customer service.
  • Low molecular weight vinyl polymers, especially acrylics.
  • Water soluble polymers synthesis and characterization.
  • Broad background in condensations polymers and vinyl polymers and related polymerization.


  • Degradable and biodegradable plastics and polymers.
  • Renewable resource materials for plastic products.
  • Testing by standard methodology for biodegradables and materials based on renewable resources.

Disposal of Biodegradable Plastics and Bioplastics

  • Test method development with ASTM.
  • Compost, soil, landfill, sea and freshwater tests.
  • Internationally recognized expert in polymer bio-degradation.

Chemicals and Plastics from Fossil Resources

  • Acrylic polymers, their synthesis and uses as coatings and adhesives.
  • Water-soluble polymers: synthesis and uses.
  • Detergents, dispersants, thickeners, and SAPs.

Other Expertise

  • Technology acquisition and technology liaison with academic centers world wide.
  • Set up research programs for universities in Europe and Asia through Rohm and Haas.
  • Standards development in ASTM degradation and biodegradation of plastics.


Independent Consultant, 2000 - Present


  • Biodegradable detergents and cleaners from renewable resources.
  • Monomers from natural resources, identifying needs and potential users.
  • Valuation of poly (aspartic acid) program.
  • New acrylic polymers.
  • Canadian developer of degradable / biodegradable packaging based on polyolefins.
  • Clay dispersants based on renewable resources.
  • Development of packaging based on renewable resources.
  • Development of biopolymers using fermentation and transgenics for packaging.
  • Assisted start up companies using renewable resources.

Rohm & Hass Corporation, Philadelphia, PA 1968 - 2000

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • EPI's International Scientific Advisory Board
  • ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
  • SPI - Society of Plastics Industry
  • American Chemical Society
  • Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Institute


  • Post Doctoral Appointment, Temple University


  • Holder of 110 U.S. Patents.
  • Author or co-author of 150 scientific publications.
  • Editor of technical books on coatings and plastic disposal.
  • Organizer and speaker at many national and international conferences, including a Gordon Conference Chairmanship.


  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, (Honors) University of London,U.K.
  • B.S. Chemistry, (Honors) University of London, U.K.
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