Precious Metals (Platinum, Palladium, Nickel and Gold) Chemical Consultant

Technical Consultant #2179


Expertise

  • Platinum group and precious metals analysis, sampling, extraction, and hydrometallurgy.
  • Electrochemistry, electrolytic dissolution and purification of precious metals and rhenium.
  • Construction maintenance and management of analytical chemical laboratories.
  • Process and product development, project management (MS Project) for complex electroplating, inorganic synthesis and hydrometallurgy.
  • Electroplating of precious metals and base metals for electronic and decorative applications.
  • Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Specification writing, debugging, deployment.

Expert Witness

  • White paper on novel compounds for inclusion on TSCA list.
  • White paper on nickel tetraamine sulfate environmental vectors for federal EPA.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Director of Metal Recover and Quality Manager, 2013 - Present

  • Develop and manage precious metal and other high value materials recovery from end of life aerospace materials.
  • Manage activities of production and laboratory staff.
  • Develop novel schemes for the recovery of precious metals.
  • Maintain quality system and MSDS database.
  • Provide chief technical support to ongoing powder metals manufacturing.

Colonial Metals Incorporated, Elton, MD, Laboratory Manager, 2006 - 2013

  • Manage daily activities of laboratory staff.
  • Perform instrumental lab work on precious metals products.
  • Provide analytical support for research and development process control projects.
  • Develop and implement novel electro-dissolution processes for purification of platinum group metals and rhenium-containing alloys.

Technic Incorporated, Cranston, RI, Research Chemist, 2006

  • Inorganic antioxidants for tin electroplating.
  • Organic additives for electronic copper applications.

Cookson Electronics, Enthone Division, West Haven, CT, 2002 - 2005

Quality Control Laboratory Manager (a high performance specialty chemistry company).

  • Analytical research and development, product development and quality control functions including:
  • Design, develop and implement customized laboratory information.
  • Management system (LIMS) deployed in five regional laboratories.
  • Provided technical support for LIMS deployment globally.
  • Developed proprietary electroplating products.
  • Managed daily activities of approximately thirty analytical staff.
  • Managed four laboratories within North America.
  • Provided customer support to the metal finishing industry.
  • Analytical methods development for proprietary chemicals.

Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, Manager-Analytical Services, 1987 - 2002

  • Analytical support, product development and quality control for electroplating chemicals and services group
  • Managed daily activities of three professional analytical staff members.
  • Established analytical facility consisting of 5 distinct laboratories.
  • Provided customer support for electroplating failure mode analysis.
  • Generated PMN's (Pre-manufacture Notice) and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for proprietary chemicals.
  • Maintained ELAP (Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) certification to support wastewater treatment plant.
  • Established quality team focused on cost reduction and technology transfer.
  • Developed and produced proprietary plating processes and products.

Olin Hunt Specialty Products, Palisades Park, NJ, 1985 - 1987

Project Leader, Analytical Services Department

  • Performed competitive product analysis of industrial chemical products.
  • Developed chemical analytical methods for plating bath components.
  • Lead failure mode analysis projects.

Pall Corporation, Glen Cove, NY, Senior Research Chemist, 1982 - 1985

  • Planned daily activities of two professional staff members.
  • Developed filter media for cosmetic, toiletry and beverage products.
  • Performed gel permeation chromatography of nylon-type polymers.
  • Developed analytical methods for inorganic and organic chemicals.

International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Union Beach, NJ, Research Chemist, 1979 - 1982

  • Managed a fragrance chemical stability program.
  • Planned daily activities of two technicians.
  • Developed GC and HPLC analytical procedures.
  • Developed Fortran and Cobol based computational chemistry programs to model the structure-function relationships of fragrance chemicals.

Block Drug Company, Jersey City, NJ, Research Chemist, 1978 - 1979

  • Planned daily activities of two technicians.
  • Established a sensory testing program for flavor and odor evaluation.
  • Supervised clinical trials of new dental products.

Noville Essential Oil Company, North Bergen, NJ, 1976 - 1978

Quality Control Manager and Production Chemist

  • Developed analytical methods for industrial chemicals.
  • Supervised a raw material and finished product QC laboratory.
  • Produced flavor and fragrance organic compounds

Accomplishments

  • Electrochemistry: Platinum group metals product development in platinum group metals, including product development, customer service, analytical methods development, training, laboratory design and construction, environmental compliance and manufacturing technology implementation.
  • Manage quality control laboratories supporting the manufacturing of metal finishing, performance coating, electronics and semiconductor chemicals.
  • Analytical research and development in flavor and fragrance, pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals.
  • ISO 9000 program implementation and internal and external auditing.
  • Maintenance of chemical analytical equipment, including inductively-coupled plasma, atomic absorption and UV/Vis spectroscopy, liquid, gas and ion chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, Raman and mass spectroscopy.
  • Isolation and identification of organic and inorganic compounds, including de-formulation of proprietary electroplating solutions.
  • Packaging and presentation of technical information.
  • Developed a computerized retrieval system for electroplating product formulation control and the systematic hierarchy of complex plating line.
  • Apply product quality management information tools reducing manufacturing cycle times, costs and defect rate, streamlining of chemical manufacturing processes and technology transfer of new products.
  • Developed systematic, standardized approaches to analytical method development, analytical documentation, and failure mode analysis.
  • Developed novel methods for the electrochemical synthesis of chloride-free palladium replenishing solution for extending bath life, lower maintenance and higher profit margins.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • HASWOPPER training
  • Six Sigma green belt certification
  • Six Sigma Mentor and Subject Matter Expert

Languages

  • Spanish and Latin (reading and writing)

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member, International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI)

Awards

  • Best paper awards; AESF Journal
  • Three industry association awards in the field of palladium electroplating processes.

Publications and Patents

  • Co-Authored eleven publications and eight patents describing novel processes involving palladium electroplating and its uses.

Education

  • M.S. Chemistry, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.
  • B.S. Biochemistry and Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
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