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Ph.D. Fluoropolymers Characterization and Synthesis Consultant

Technical Consultant #2223


Expertise

  • Fluoropolymer characterization
  • Fluoropolymer synthesis
  • Organofluorine chemistry
  • Inorganic particle characterization
  • Tribology
  • Interpretation of results from: DSC, TGA, IR, NMR, GPC, GC-MS, SEM, TEM, dynamic light scattering (DLS), static light scattering (SLS), 3D x-ray microtomography, stylus profilometry.

 Expert Witness Experience

  • Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) subject matter expert.

Experience

Undisclosed University, 2017 -  Present

Senior Research Fellow, Material Science and Engineering  

  • Investigate tribological and mechanochemical behavior of fluoropolymer composites.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

CJI, LLC, Wilmington, DE, Founder & CEO, 2016 – Present

  • Scientific consulting, creative problem solving, sample analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Fully-equipped synthesis and polymerization lab with access to state-of-the-art analytical instruments.
  • New product development, product improvement, and basic research.
  • Practice superior listening skills, oral and written communication that are valuable in a lab environment.
  • Deploy strong management, training, and supervisory skills.

Science, Technology, and Research Institute of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, 2016 - 2021

Founding Member

  • STRIDE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization specializing in innovation and applied R&D in biology, chemistry, polymers, materials, and related sciences.
  • Deliver open innovation, R&D, education, and consulting services with extensive industrial experience in chemistry, biology, polymer/material sciences, and related disciplines.

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Visiting Research Scientist, 2003 - 2016

Research Activities

DuPont Central Research and Development, Wilmington, DE

  • Senior Principal Investigator, 2014 - 2016
  • Research Associate, 2007 - 2014
  • Senior Research Chemist, 2003 - 2007

New products: R & D – Partnered with business units to develop commercially viable new materials.

  • Synthesis and applications of fluorinated superacids made from commercial fluoromonomers: Led a project from lab scale exploratory reactions to multiple kg scale-up and purification. Identified multiple applications for this new class of compounds including ionic liquids, superacid catalysts, and photoacid generators (PAGs).
  • 1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethyl-N,N-dimethylamine (TFEDMA) – a fluorinating reagent made from tetrafluoroethylene: Led basic research into the mechanism of fluorination of this reagent and evaluated possible commercial applications of its use.
  • Synthesis and applications of ionic liquids: Created, studied, and patented a variety of ionic liquids for wide ranging applications including CO2 capture, flame-retardant polymer additives and green solvents.
  • Exploration of the fundamental chemistry of a new refrigerant: HFO-1234yf, CH2=CF(CF3): Studied the reactions of this olefin in a search for useful derivatives. 

Existing products: Improvement – Performed basic and applied research to improve existing commercial products.

  • Aqueous emulsion polymerization of perfluoropolymers (i.e., Teflon®) using a wide variety of fluorinated surfactants.
  • Developed new crosslinking chemistry for improved perfluoroelastomers (Kalrez®).

Open innovation - Materials tribology: ultralow wear / low friction polymer composites.

  • Straddled the border between industrial and academic research, as well as the disciplines of chemistry, materials science and mechanical engineering.
  • Created legal documents needed to foster the open sharing of information, created joint IP, advised legal in negotiating licensing, co-authored multiple high-quality manuscripts correcting over a decade of erroneous interpretation while protecting the intellectual property of a possible future business.

DuPont, Washington Works, Washington, WV, Division Chemist, 2000 - 2003

  • Designed polymerization recipes for novel fluorinated and perfluorinated polymers.
  • Provided technical support for production-plant manufacturing of Teflon polymers.
  • Evaluated polymers for use in new market applications
  • Initiated and coordinated bimonthly technical seminars to promote information transfer among researchers.
  • Interpreted and communicated research results to staff and business team members via oral and written reports. 

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Graduate Student, Chemistry Department, 1995 - 2000

  • Synthesized, characterized, and probed reactivity of novel highly-strained perfluorinated olefin.
  • Successfully carried out organic and fluoro-organic synthetic transformations.
  • Overcame difficult synthetic challenges presented by target molecule.
  • Worked in cooperation with multi-ethnic research group.
  • Trained 10-12 undergraduate students in basic laboratory research skills and safe laboratory practices.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • Tools:  Chemdraw, Endnote, Mendeley, SciFinder Scholar, and Chemical Information Management System (CIMS) relational database.
  • Thesis: Synthesis, Reactions, and Characterization, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Academic and Professional Affiliations

Fluorine Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society-Chair & Vice Chair

  • Actively engaged in recruitment for over 10 years at both Ph.D. and B.S. levels

Chair, Fluorine Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society

  • Enhanced leadership skills including leading without authority
  • Improved efficiency of Division voting process and record-keeping
  • Wrote biannual newsletters highlighting Division news and accomplishments
  • Recipient of a 2015 NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) grant with Lehigh University collaborator
  • Coached and mentored multiple early-career scientists, engineers, and technicians
  • Guided intellectual property (IP) strategy

Publications and Patents

  • Co-Authored 18 peer-reviewed publications for scientific journals.
  • Inventor of over 45 patent applications and over 30 granted U.S. patents

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • B.S. Chemistry, (Summa Cum Laude), St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
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