Process Engineering Consultant for Precious Metals Recovery and Hazardous Chemicals Processing

Technical Consultant #1712


Expertise

  • Process Engineering Manager: Inventor of new, patented processes for converting hazardous chemicals to either salable or benign species.
  • Managed and installed over 200 capital projects in proprietary flavor and fragrance, and precious metal industries.
  • Chemical reactor design, extraction, distillation, scrubbers, maintenance management, quality control and security.
  • TSCA design for hazardous locations, Class I, Division flammable systems.
  • Separations design for organic and inorganic chemicals.
  • Program national labs Labview data acquisition system.
  • Designed and installed instruments and process systems for small scale experimentation.
  • Clean Air Act, New source review consulting.
  • Permitting meeting California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) standards.
  • Solar thermal panel design and process consulting.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President, 1999 - Present

Reactive Separations Technology Development and Licensing

  • Developed new scrubbing technology for ozone depleting alkyl halides; license technology to fumigators and exporters for ozone layer protection.
  • Scrubbing technology judged BACT (Best Available Control Technology) for State of California for destroying methyl bromide (3 patents and 2 pending ).
  • Federal contractor, 5 SBIR Awards, U.S. Dept of Energy for removing anions from wastewater.
  • Chemical synthesis development for carbon fibers.
  • Designed and built custom 3,000 sq. ft. lab space for process development.

Johnson Matthey, Inc., West Deptford, NJ, Process Engineering Manager, 1991 - 1998

  • Managed capital programs resulting in 50% ROI in 5 years.
  • Production expansion for extraction, filtration, high temperature ovens and rhodium octanoate process overhaul.

Capital Project Manager

  • Overseeing 7 engineers, 3 supervisors and 35 maintenance.
  • Introduced first principals approach to evaluating processes and projects.
  • Automated precious metal refinery, including: Reactor design, crystallizers, precious metal filtrations, corrosion design, installed continuous processes for gold removal and precious metal recovery.
  • De-bottlenecked effluent plant via ammonia removal.
  • Eliminated most of historical precious metal loss of $1.5 million per year.
  • Installed first non-PGM plant material balance.
  • Conceived and installed automatic titrators for absolute pH control of scrubbers.
  • Negotiated and implemented comprehensive contractor policy and overtime system in conjunction with union representatives.

Hercules Inc., 1980 - 1991

Technical Superintendent, Middletown, NY

  • Scale up of fermentation processes to make natural butyric acid and high pressure esterifications to produce ethyl butyrate.
  • Designed and started up ultra filtration and reverse osmosis operations for 20,000 gallon continuous fermenter.
  • Developed process safety review and HAZOP.
  • Negotiated and Implemented toll processing contracts and technology transfer packages to tollers for continuous liquid-liquid extraction of flavor compounds.

Quality Control Director

  • Conceived and installed statistical analysis of customer complaints.
  • Head of quality improvement team charged with root cause problem solving. Resulted in 45% fewer customer complaints.
  • Set manufacturing protocols and was the "receiver" of all new research and development processes for implementation into the chemical plant.
  • Orange oil distillations, supercritical vanilla extraction, spray drying, high pressure autoclave esterifications.
  • Managed installation of all capital projects.

Chemical Engineer, Wilmington, DE

  • Pilot plant process research on continuous "bulk" polypropylene pilot plant.
  • Solved catalyst flow and iso-kinetic polymer transfer problems.
  • Supervised 2 engineers and 12 operators for a 24 hours, seven days a week operation.

Honors & Publications

Publications and Patents

  • Peered reviewed publications and authored conference proceedings.
  • 2 U.S. patents.

Education

  • MBA Business Administration, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, U Cal. Berkeley, CA
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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