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Ph.D. Fluoropolymers Characterization and Synthesis Consultant

Technical Consultant #2223


Expertise

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

Experience

Undisclosed Company, 2000- Present

Senior Principal Investigator, 2014 - Present
Research Associate, 2007 - 2014
Senior Research Chemist, 2003 - 2007

  • New products: research and development - 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: ultra low wear and 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.
  • Recipient of a NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) grant with Lehigh University collaborator.

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.
  • Clearly communicated research results to coworkers 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.

Other Activities

  • Actively engaged in recruitment for over 10 years at both Ph.D. and B.S. levels.
  • Coached and mentored multiple early-career scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • Guided intellectual property (IP) strategy.
  • Enhanced leadership skills including leading without authority.
  • Improved efficiency of division voting process and record keeping.
  • Wrote biannual newsletters highlighting Division news and accomplishments.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • Tools: Chemdraw, Endnote, Mendeley, SciFinder Scholar, and Chemical Information Management System (CIMS) relational database.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Past-Chair, Fluorine Chemistry Division, the American Chemical Society
  • Chair, Fluorine Chemistry Division, the American Chemical Society
  • Vice-Chair Membership, Fluorine Chemistry Division, the American Chemical Society

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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