Polymer Chemist Consultant: Thermoplastics, Bio-based Polymers, Water Soluble Polymers and REACH Compliance

Technical Consultant #371


Expertise

  • Polymers, optical polymers, plastics and adhesives of all types.
  • Polymer product, process and market development.
  • Biodegradable polymers.
  • Biobased polymers.
  • Water soluble polymers.
  • Plastics recycling, and methods of recycling for municipal solid waste and tires.
  • United Kingdom and Europe environmental regulations.
  • REACH (Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations.
  • Plastic packaging materials.
  • Alkaline fuel cell development.
  • Nanotechnology

Experience

Independent Consultant, 1992 - Present

  • Specializing in new product, process and market development for plastic/polymeric products.
  • Creating, planning, performing and managing innovative product and process research and development programs.
  • New product development and new applications and market development for chemicals, intermediates and polymers.
  • Business start up leading to commercialization and manufacturing, including end-use development. strategic planning, competitive analysis and forecasting.

ARGO Group International, CEO Newark, DE, U.S.A., Sandback, United Kingdom, 1985 - 1992

Polymer Science and Market Development Consulting

  • New product, process and market development in acrylic, methacrylic, olefinic, vinylic and styrenic copolymer systems; polymer blends; elastomers, thermosets and composites.
  • Reactive chemical systems, functional polymers, biobased, biodegradable and water-soluble polymers, particularly polyvinyl alcohol.
  • Polymers for superabsorbent; adhesives; sealants; pottants; inks; and paint and coatings.
  • Strategic research and development and technology portfolio analysis; research and development business/market analysis.

Environmental Consulting

  • Materials separation, recycling and reclamation. Waste minimization.
  • U.K. and European environmental monitoring and emissions control legislation.
  • EC packaging and landfill directives and REACH legislation.

ARCO Chemical Company, Newtown Square, PA, 1984 - 1991

Manager, Worldwide Styrene Quality

  • Instituted and managed new quality and technical service support function for 3.7 billion lbs/year styrene business.
  • Spearheaded competitive analysis programs to identify and prioritize styrene quality issues worldwide.
  • Instituted and headed styrene quality improvement team to develop styrene quality plan.
  • Set up engineering and research programs.

Manager, New Polymers Research and Development, 1986 - 1990

  • Managed group of 25 in new materials development, including engineering thermoplastics, functionalized polymers, polymer blends, thermoset composites, superabsorbents, flame-retardant foams and polymeric additives.
  • Developed and commercialized the first non-acrylic superabsorbent fibers (FIBERSORB).
  • Discovered a unique isocyanate-based RIM composite system.
  • Developed recyclable high-heat, high-impact functionalized styrenic/acid copolymers and blends.
  • Conceived and developed inter facially modified styrenic/polyester blends.
  • Devised high-impact, high-processability styrenic/CPVC blends.
  • Created high-performance polyester-sulfone clear, high-heat, high-impact, solvent and flame resistance thermoplastics.
  • Developed ARVIS visbroken polypropylenes.

Manager, Adhesives and Sealants Research and Development, 1984 - 1986

  • Managed a group of 19 in adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, coatings and elastoplastics.
  • Provided technical service and manufacturing support for POLY-bd hydroxy functionalized polybutadiene copolymers.
  • Developed improved POLY-bd products, including amino-terminated POLY-bd for high-performance structural adhesives and sealants.
  • Commercially scaled-up an anionic process for MACROMER functionalized block polystyrene copolymers.
  • Developed MACROMER/(meth) acrylate copolymers and formulated systems, and performed market development in pressure sensitive adhesives, hot-melt sealants, solar cell encapsulants, explosive binds, flow modifiers, asphalt modification and blends with styrene block copolymer thermoplastic elastomers.

E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company, Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE, 1968 - 1984

Research Associate, Finishes and Fabricated Products Department

  • Technical, manufacturing and marketing development of high-performance, corrosion-resistant fluoroelastomer coatings.

Polymer Products Department

  • Developed novel shock-absorbing ELVALOY/PVC foams.

Elastomer Chemicals Department

  • Technical, manufacturing and marketing development of specialty adhesives and sealants.
  • Developed and commercialized VAMAC ethylene-acrylic ester ionomer sealant bases.
  • Designed novel 100% solids pressure-sensitive acrylic-based semi-structural adhesive sealant tapes.
  • Developed ethylene-acrylic ester ionomer based RTV sealants and pressure sensitive tape adhesives.

Senior Research Chemist, Elastomer Chemicals Department

  • Manufacturing management, process development and research support for radiant heating laminate venture.
  • Technical, process and marketing development of tailored fluoroelastomer blends. Performed basic studies on synthesis and degradation of fluorinated monomers and polymers.
  • Invented process for producing sol chloroprene polymers by emulsion polymerization.
  • Developed catalyst recycle technology for olefin/acrylic ester radical polymerizations.

Research Chemist, Elastomer Chemicals Department

  • Basic studies of catalyst reactivation in Ziegler-Natta olefin polymerizations, particularly EPDM.
  • Developed catalyst recycle technology for olefin/acrylic ester radical polymerizations.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Gibbs Scholarship in Chemistry, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Salters Institute of Industrial Chemistry Scholarship

Publications and Patents

  • Over 50 publications and 40 patents

Education

  • Ph.D., Physical Organic Chemistry, Oxford University
  • M. B. A., Drexel University
  • B. A., Chemistry, Oxford University
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