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Chemical Forensic Expert: Explosions, Combustion, and Chemical Processes

Technical Consultant #2139


Expertise

  • Fires and explosions
  • Spontaneous combustion
  • Environmental pollution
  • Personal Injuries from fires or exposures
  • Patent infringement
  • Chemical Processes

Expert Witness Experience

Cases and Litigation

  • Personal injury to workers from factory lead fumes. Analyzed air pollution data, prepared report, and testified in jury trial on exposures and EPA/OSHA standards.
  • Explosion and fire from spark-ignited solvent fumes: Prepared report on solvent volatility, spread of fumes, and source of ignition.
  • Toxins from a leaking lagoon for chemical wastes: Testimony on process that produced chemical wastes, on alternative methods of disposal, and exposures.
  • Fire spread by combustible vegetable oil in storage: Prepared report on hazards of storage in relation to spontaneous combustion.
  • Spontaneous combustion of a supermarket charcoal: Explained mechanism of spontaneous combustion, report on cause and origin of fire.
  • Patent infringement on a corrosion-protective coating: Explained complex chemistry of process to distinguish between competing patents. Prepared report and deposition.
  • Fire caused by storage of combustible naphthalene: Reported on flammability of naphthalene, its heating characteristics and hazards, origins of massive fire.
  • Chemical wastes from leaks in pharmaceuticals plant: Analyzed causes of underground leakage, alternative storage, and process techniques.

Experience

Independent Expert Consultant and Witness, Present

  • Providing various legal expert support, education, composing of numerous publications, and reviewer for the legal, academic, research and develop industries.

Consulting Activities

Legal Clients

  • Analyzed process loop to find source of contaminant that made process inoperable.
  • Explained complex chemistry of process to distinguish between competing patents.
  • Identified the source of a fire in a Laundromat and explained its origin.

Industrial Clients

  • Environmental research.
  • Environmental protection.
  • Plastics recycle.
  • Research and development.
  • Unit operations and reactor design and stability.
  • Chemical reactor design, environmental systems.
  • Energy storage and chemicals.
  • Automatic control.
  • Stability problems of high pressure chemical reactors.
  • Control of chemical process systems.
  • Process optimization for a pretroleum company.

Educator

University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering: University Judicial Administrator, University Ombudsman, Chairman of Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Chairman of Graduate Group in Chemical Engineering, and Acting Director, School of Chemical Engineering

University of Rome, Italy, Department of Chemistry

  • Visiting Professor

University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • University Judicial Administrator
  • University Ombudsman
  • Chairman of Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Chairman of Graduate Group in Chemical Engineering
  • Acting Director, School of Chemical Engineering

Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Visiting Professor

University of Manchester, England, Institute of Science and Technology

  • Visiting Professor

Harvard University

  • Research Fellow in Engineering

Honors & Publications


Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • American Association for Advancement of Science

Review Panels

  • U. S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Proposal Review
  • U. S. Department of Energy, NETL Review Panel on Vision 21 Advanced Coal Research
  • U. S. Department of Energy, Energy Technology Center, Review Panel on Environmental Research
  • National Science Foundation, Panel on Engineering Research Centers
  • U. S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, Review Panel on Coal Research
  • National Science Foundation, Panel on Specialized Research Equipment
  • Technical Reviewer, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress
  • National Science Foundation, Review Panel on Initiation Grants
  • Ames Laboratory Review Panel on Chemical Science
  • International Programs Panel on Energy Problems in UN Least Developed Nations
  • U.S. Department of Energy Review Panel on Processes for Thermochemical Hydrogen
  • Panelist on Environmental Problems, New York Section AIChE

Awards

  • Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship at the National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • Forschheimer Chair at Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Harry Pierce Chair at The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Dodge Lecturer at Yale University.
  • Prize from Quest for Technology, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Award for outstanding contributions to education
  • Fulbright Lecturer, University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia
  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester, England
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard University
  • Elected to New York Academy of Science
  • Ford Foundation Faculty Development Grant
  • Higgins Fellow at Yale University
  • Elected to Sigma Xi honorary
  • Elected to Tau Beta Pi honorary

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of over 100 publications; books, chapters, peer reviewed journals
  • One U.S. patent

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CO
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, New York University, New York, NY
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