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Polymer Consultant: Fluoropolymers, Film Extrusion, Tires, Rubber, Adhesives

Technical Consultant #1344


Expertise

  • Fluoropolymer science and technology (polymerization: surfactant systems, C-8 replacement; coatings, processing).
  • Polymer film extrusion and orientation.
  • Rubber science and technology.
  • Thermoplastic elastomers.
  • Tire manufacture and testing.
  • Radiation technology as related to polymers, coatings and adhesives.
  • Coatings and adhesives.
  • Rubber latex chemistry, technology and use.
  • Environmental aspects of polymer manufacture and processing.
  • Technical translations from and to Czech, Slovak and German.
  • International liaison and technology transfer.
  • Training and education related to polymer science and technology.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 1995 - Present

  • Expert witness for technology and use of rubber, plastic, adhesives, coating and failure analysis of polymeric systems.
  • Polymer product and process development (polymerization, processing).
  • Technical translations: Books, articles, patents, manuals (German, Czech, and Slovak, to and from English).
  • International liaison with contacts in Europe for negotiations, interpretation and correspondence.
  • Technology transfer to and from the US, Europe and India.
  • Education and training.

Consulting Practice Part time, 1986 - 1995

  • Rubber and plastics processing.
  • Adhesives and coatings.

ChemFab Corporation, Merrimack, NH, Sr. Develop Engineer, Staff Scientist, 1989 - 1995

  • PTFE, FEP, PFA, PVDF, PCTFE, blends with other polymers, coatings and processing, lamination and bonding.
  • Chemistry and polymerization of fluoropolymers.
  • Blends of fluoropolymers with other materials such as acrylics.
  • Fluoropolymer based composites with glass,"Kevlar", "Nomex" and other reinforcements.
  • High-temperature pressure sensitive tapes (PSA) tapes.
  • High-barrier films and barrier property optimization in plastic films.

Fulflex, Inc., Middleton, RI, Corporate Manager, New Product Development, 1984 - 1989

  • Cut threads and tapes.
  • Processing and applications of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).
  • Radiation processing of elastomers and plastics.
  • Heat shrinkable plastic films.
  • Foams produced from solid rubber and latex.
  • Plastic film extrusion and film production.
  • Film orientation.
  • Laser applications for rubber and plastics.

Plymouth Rubber Co., Canton, MA, Technical Director, Roofing Products, 1982 - 1984

  • Roofing materials (EPDM, PVC).
  • Electrical insulation tapes.
  • Adhesives, including specialty adhesives for unique applications.
  • TPE sheeting.

Beloit-Manhattan, Inc., Clarks Summit, PA, Assistant Director of R&D, 1978 - 1982

  • Rubber covered rolls, wheels and chemical tanks and pipes.
  • Rubber belting.
  • Rubber to metal bonding.
  • Roll engineering (bending, crowns).

Carlisle Tire and Rubber Co., Carlisle, PA, Manager, Product Development, 1971 - 1977

  • Tires (bicycle, boat trailer, golf carts, garden tractors).
  • Radiator hose.
  • Adhesives and sealants.
  • Polyurethane chemistry and technology.
  • EPDM rubber roofing and pond-liners.

B.F. Goodrich International Co., Akron, OH, Senior Product Engineer, 1966 -1970

  • Tires (passenger, truck, airplane).
  • Butyl rubber inner tubes.

Deutsche Dunlop AG, Hanau/Main, Germany, Chemist, 1965 - 1966

  • Repair materials for tires and tubes.

Matador Rubber Works, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Group Leader

  • Technical rubber (hose, conveyor belting, flooring, seals).
  • Rubber covered rolls and wheels; rubber tank liners.
  • Chemistry and processing to produce sponge and foams.
  • Latex chemistry and technology.
  • Electrical insulators and materials.

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Plastics Engineering, U/Mass at Lowell. Seminars on Fluoropolymers, Radiation Technology and Electrical Properties of Polymers.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (Physics of Polymers), University of Akron.

Honors & Publications


Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (Polymer and Rubber Divisions)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • ASM International
  • Radtech
  • Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Publications and Patents

  • Two books on Rubber Technology (1962 and 1967 in Czech and Slovak respectively).
  • Book on Fluoropolymer Technology
  • Book on Radiation Technology for Polymers
  • Book on Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • Author for Fluoroplastics Review
  • Chapter on Process Selection in The Manual of Plastic Part Manufacturing, Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
  • Coauthor of three patents in fluoropolymer technology, and one on radiation processing.
  • Translated two books and over 200 articles in Plastics and Rubber Technology from German to English.
  • Presented many papers in national and international conferences.

Education

  • MBA Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
  • M.S. Poly. Science, Inst. of Polymer Science, University of Akron, OH
  • M.S. Chemical Eng., Technical University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Doctoral Program, Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron, OH
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