Bio-Based Polymers and Polyurethane Elastomers Development Expert

Technical Consultant #1889


Expertise

  • Development of bio-based polymers for industrial applications.
  • Polyurethane product development and characterization.
  • Nano-clay composites development.
  • Adhesion science and characterization.
  • Adhesion of lignocellulosic composites.
  • Molecular diffusion in elastomeric, laminated, and composite materials.
  • Thermal analysis, molecular spectroscopy, and polymer characterization.
  • Technical and business development initiatives developing new products and licensing,, increasing efficiency, solving problems and reducing costs
  • Intellectual property portfolio development - bio-polymer based products.
  • Custom chemistries for various industries: Polymers, adhesives, coatings, personal care products and Medical devices.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Principal Scientist and President, 2000 - Present

  • Established a contract research and development consulting and technology licensing company, serving multiple industries.
  • Current areas of research and development include bio-based polymers and nano-particles, polyurethane, polyurethane elastomers, Isocyanate chemistry, nano-clay particulates in polymer systems, oral care (denture) adhesive development, surgical adhesives thermoset composites, cross-linked thermoplastics, coatings for roll covering, reactive hot melt adhesives, hydrophobic and lipophobic coatings, wood adhesives, and coatings for industrial pumps and motors.
  • Successes include a new bio-based hybrid adhesive technology for industrial and commercial applications, an elastomer product line for a roll covering company, development and commercialization of an optical brightening solution for inclusion in adhesive formulations, several new wood adhesives for engineered lumber applications, a denture adhesive based on nano-composite technology, and the development of new polyurethane polyol technology that has broad application in a variety of polyurethane industries.
  • Worked with several industrial and financial services companies to evaluate new technologies from a technical and market potential perspective and providing recommendations for market penetration.

Bio-Polymer Technologies, Ltd., NJ and, Israel, Principal Scientist, 2006 - Present

  • Principal Scientist for a technology development and licensing company specializing in biobased products derived from waste agricultural meals for use in adhesive, oil sequestering, emulsification, and personal care products.
  • Laboratory product development, pilot plant scale-up, and manufacturing plant implementation of adhesion technology for the wood based composites portfolio sector.
  • Devised and executed the technical strategy and commercial discussions with decision makers in prospective companies and with large investment banks.

ICI / Huntsman Polyurethanes, West Deptford, NJ, 1993 - 2001

Scientist and Technical Manager

  • Responsible for a technical team of 24 people and an operating budget of over 4 million dollars.
  • Defined research projects conducted by our international research and development group for the Americas Wood Composites Business.
  • Further responsibilities included: scientific and technical liaison between customers, universities, and technical organizations; facilities management; intellectual property management; industrial hygiene coordination with customers; technical marketing and defining business strategy based on technical developments.
  • Focused and streamlined technical efforts, reduced costs by one million dollars over a three year period while increasing sales 5 to 10 percent annually, via new product introduction over this same time frame.

Senior Technical Associate

  • Responsible for outlining and coordinating research efforts pertaining to the fundamental chemistry of isocyanate based adhesives for structural and engineered lignocellulosic composites in the Adhesion Science Group.
  • Managed collaborative research efforts between international research and development and several universities and research institutions.

Beloit Manhattan, Inc., Clarks Summet, PA, 1983 - 1986

Analytical Chemist and Polyurethane Specialist

  • Responsible for the development and testing of new and existing roll covering compounds (polyurethane and conventional elastomers).
  • Designed, specified, and scaled-up from research through manufacturing.
  • Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and supervision of all analytical instrumentation.
  • Supervised laboratory technicians.
  • Responsible for the testing and analysis of elastomeric and composite materials utilizing spectroscopic, thermal analytical, and microscopic methods as well as wet chemical methods of analysis.

Research Activities

  • Development of bio-based polymers for industrial applications.
  • Study physicochemical behavior of nano-clay particulates in polymer systems and how these physicochemical interactions affect the polymer physicalproperties of these nano-composites.
  • Development of structure/property relationships for polyurethanes and other polymeric systems via molecular spectroscopy and dynamic physical property measurements.
  • Development and analytical characterization of reactive polyurethane hotmelt adhesives, cold curing polyurethane adhesives, and heat cured, thermosetting polyurethane and epoxy resin adhesive systems.
  • Adhesion mechanisms operative within lignocellulosic and other composite materials studies.
  • Analytical characterization of the chemical and physical properties of wood.
  • Characterization of the mechanism of water permeation in polyurethane elastomers, and the study of the morphological characteristics of polyurethane elastomers utilizing solid state NMR.
  • Molecular diffusion in elastomeric, laminated, and composite materials study.
  • Molecular mechanics and molecular modeling studies of model polymer systems for the purpose of design and analysis.
  • Implementation and development of solid-state NMR techniques for the study of polymeric systems.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Pennsylvania Professional Teaching Certification, King's

College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • Short Course Instructor, Pittcon, "Industrial Problem Solving Using Thermal Analysis"
  • Short Course Instructor, Pittcon, "Language and Matter: Technical Writing for Industrial Scientists and Managers"

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chemical Consultants Network
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Forest Products Society (FPS)
  • Adhesion Society
  • Sierra Club (New Jersey Chapter)

Publications and Patents

  • Author of educational text books, pier reviewed journals, and presentations.
  • Over ten U.S. Patents.

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • M.S. Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • B.S. Chemistry and Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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