- Development and troubleshooting of petroleum processes analytical techniques.
- Crude corrosivity prediction.
- Catalyst characterization.
- Fluidized iron ore reduction.
- Shale oil, coal liquefaction.
- Refinery water, air emissions.
- Reduction, neutralization of naphthenic acids.
- Hydrocarbon characterization, oil-soluble metal removal, and environmental fate studies.
Independent Consultant, Present
ExxonMobile Research and Engineering
- Retired after 37 years from ExxonMobil and holding the title of Distinguished Research Associate.
- Developed novel techniques contributing to the prediction and mitigation of crude oil corrosivity.
- Engaged in pioneering research resulting in the invention and commercial development of processes for the thermal reduction and neutralization of corrosive naphthenic acids in crude oils
- Made technical advances in distillation techniques relevant to crude oils while improving the productivity of the crude assay laboratory.
- Developed processes for removing oil-soluble metals from petroleum.
- Participated in the development, application, and supervision of analytical methods testing in collaboration with research and development staff engaged in petroleum processes and product development.
- Participated in the development, application, and supervision of testing to study the fate and effects of oil spills including that from the Exxon Valdez.
- Engaged in technical audits and critiques of Government Trustee data related to the Alaska pipeline and oil spills.
- Developed and applied analytical techniques to demonstrate safety to U.S. Regulatory Agencies for petroleum products intended for use in food and agricultural applications.
- Developed and applied analytical techniques to study refinery air emissions and wastewater effluents, enabling Federal discharge permits to be obtained and/or renewed.
Honors & Publications
Academic and Professional Affiliations
- Member and chair positions in two of the American Petroleum Institute's scientific research departments
- Member of the American Chemical Society
- Currently holds 20 U.S. patents and several in foreign countries
- Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- B.S. Chemistry, (1st class honors) McGill University, Montreal, Canada