- Tobacco and tobacco smoke chemistry and toxicology
- Management of analytical chemistry laboratories including LIMS
- Evaluation of LIMS demonstration specifications and per performance
- Identification of foreign matter and causes of odd-taste/odor in consumer products
- Specialty adhesive technology
- Inks, adhesives, coatings, films, foil, paper for packaging tobacco products
- Special purpose packaging inks and moisture indicating inks
- Gas chromatography; mass spectrometry including headspace and pyrolysis
- Polysaccharide chemistry (starch, cellulose, etc.)
- Flash-point testing of adhesives and coatings
Independent Consultant, 2004 - Present
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 1980 - 2004 Positions at Brown & Williamson
- Principal Scientist
- Director, Research Services - Immediate past position (routine testing, analytical chemistry research, laboratory automation, microbiology, statistics; sensory testing on tobacco, tobacco products, and cigarette smoke).
- Manager, Research Services; Manager, Materials Research; and Division Head, Analytical Research
Professional Services Industries, Inc., 1979 - 1980
- Director of Chemistry
The Pillsbury Company, 1978 - 1979
- Manager - Chemistry
National Starch & Chemical Corp., 1971 - 1978
- Manager, Central Technical Evaluations
Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics, 1970 - 1978
- Chemist, Analytical Research
Major Accomplishments: Scientific Affairs and Regulatory Toxicology
- Basic understanding of the chemistry, testing and evaluation of tobacco products and by products.
- Presented six papers at scientific meetings in 2005 on toxicology and chemistry of tobacco, tobacco products, and tobacco smoke, including simplified assessment protocols for potentially reduced exposure products (PREPS).
- Led the development and execution of in vivo and in vitro toxicological testing protocols for novel tobacco products and the development of methods for human biomonitoring of exposure to tobacco products.
- Identified situation with packaging materials that could adversely affect the toxicological properties of a potentially reduced exposure smoking product.
- Published theoretical basis for claim that the use of ammonia-containing additives does not increase smoke pH.
- Provided essential evidence that led Massachusetts DPH to withdraw proposed regulation on unprotonated nicotine.
- Participated in the development of strategies for ingredient disclosures and development of position papers on smoking and health.
Major Accomplishments: Research and Development Operations
- Selected and developed scientists who are now key laboratory managers.
- Achieved 40% reduction in cost per reportable result without sacrifices in quality and total turnaround time within two years of taking charge of a major routine testing operation.
- Led team that developed and implemented analytical techniques that allowed resolution of most off-taste and foreign-matter complaints in retail tobacco products within 48 hours of sample receipt.
- Led successful implementations of laboratory information management systems.
Honors & Publications
- Tobacco Institute Testing Laboratory, Chairman of the Board, 10/93 to 1/98.
- US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC126 on Tobacco and Tobacco Products, Chairman, 3/93 to 1/98.
- Secondment, BAT Germany, June to August 1992.
- 4 US Patents
- Many professional papers on the testing and analysis of tobacco smoke and byproducts, toxicology and smoke chemistry.
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Organic and Carbohydrate Chemistry
M.Sc., Ohio State University, Organic and Carbohydrate Chemistry
B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Chemistry