PVC and Elastomer Formulation and Compounding Consultant

Technical Consultant #934


Expertise

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) formulations, compounding, mixing and applications.
  • Formulations, compounding and mixing of elastomers.
  • Polymer modifiers: Coupling agents, surface modifiers, blowing agents and wetting agents.
  • Flame retardants additives, with consideration to smoke and toxic gas generation.
  • Flame retardant systems based on phosphorous-bromide, antimony-halogen and non-halogen chemistries.
  • Flame retardant test methods and evaluations.
  • Glass fiber reinforcements, roving, chopped, woven and new grades.
  • PVC lubricants and plasticizers.
  • PVC performance: Color, base resins, thermal stability, UV stability end use durability.
  • Assessment of possible interaction of PVC chemistry with mechanical devices.
  • Landfill biodegradation of flexible PVC material systems.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Rubber and plastics formulating expert testimony.
  • Provided expert reports for a case involving a mining explosion mixing plant containing zinc oxide.
  • Alleged hazard from lead stabilized vinyl mini-blinds.
  • For the U.S. District Court in Ohio, developed method for heating hose remediation in the field expert report resulted in new method now in use.
  • Deposition and trial testimony related to fitness for service of portable voting machines.
  • Expert witness for a manufacture involving trade secrets.

Experience

Independent Consultant, Present

Halstab, Technical Director, 1995 - 2004

  • Supplier of lubricants and stabilizers for rubber and plastics.

Synthetic Products Co, Technical Director,Vice President, Research and Development, 1984 - 1995

  • Developed and manufactured lubricants and stabilizers for rubber and plastics.
  • During tenure authored numerous publications and developed patents.

Montedison USA, Technical Service Manager, 1982 - 1983

  • Provided technical service fluoroelastomers (FKM), EPDM rubber, peroxides and related products.

Polysar, Inc., Senior Technical Advisor, 1978 - 1982

  • Liaison between custom mixing facilities and staff and product sales.
  • Sales and technical service to worldwide customers.
  • Part of management team for acquisitions.
  • On corporate technology advisory board.

Polymer Services, Technical Director, 1971 - 1978

  • Directed the compounding of rubber and plastics formulations.
  • Developed several hundred compounds for a wide variety of applications.

Cooke Color & Chemical Co., Research Director, 1968 - 1971

  • Responsible for testing, product development, and technical service.
  • Supported the largest custom mixer (at that time) of rubber and plastic compositions in the U.S. with 11 mixing lines running rubber, PE, PVC, and styrenics.
  • Developed the first commercial radiation cross linkable wire insulation compounds.

Norton Co., Group Leader, 1963 - 1968

  • As Group Leader for the New Products department: Led Research and Developing group which filed over 30 patents.
  • New product development in adhesive, release coatings for pressure sensitive tapes and coated abrasives.
  • Member of Norton corporate Research and Development Board.

Anaconda Wire & Cable Co, Chemist, 1957 - 1961

  • Rubber and plastic composition mixing and testing.
  • Compounded PVC, PE, Neoprene, butyl and SBR elastomers.
  • Developed components for the distant early warning line and for missile ignition cables.
  • While employed at Anaconda, awarded 2 new patents and authored several publications.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Chairman of the Vinyl and the Polymer Additives and Modifiers Divisions.
  • Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Rubber & Plastics Group, subdivision of the American Chemical Society.
  • Norton corporate Research and Development Board-Member.

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Editor of numerous publications, lectures and handbooks.
  • Over 20 U.S. and international patents.

Education

  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • A.B. Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, NY
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