- Over 35 years in the chemistry industry with focus on Catalysis, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, problem solving, film extrusion (cast and blown) and surface science.
- Product development, identifying-resolving processing issues and improving film properties.
- Diagnostics: Root causes in all areas of polymer chemistry, additives, resins, film production, surface science and customer film applications, providing robust solutions.
- Development of films for converting algae to ethanol.
- Polypropylene blown film development for industrial label market.
- Designing packaging applications in healthcare and paper products.
- Identifying peel strength failures, surface contamination and defects of various products.
- Analyze; stains, gels and surface contamination in substrates.
- New film development with antistatic properties and improved adhesion.
- Blown and cast films for healthcare and packaging.
- Synthesis of new polymers through functionalization of polyolefins in solution and melt for applications in healthcare and automotive sectors.
- Develop catalysts for oxidation of olefins with hydroperoxides and elemental oxygen to generate glycols with carbon dioxide cyclic carbonates.
- Biodegradation of polyolefins.
- Polymer degradability and recycling of polyolefins.
Expert Witness Experience
- Resin producing companies.
- Ddegradable polymer application.
Undisclosed Company, Owner 2009 - Present
- Consulting in many areas of surface science, resin selection, product development in films and problem solving for five companies.
- Consulting projects consisted of development of films for converting algae to ethanol, polypropylene blown film for industrial label market, cast film for lamination to substrate for oil cleanup, and many packaging applications in healthcare and paper products.
Tredegar Film Products, Lake Zurich, IL, Research Advisor, 1999 - 2009
- Developed analytical tools to analyze defects, surface contamination, and reason for peel strength failures at masking customers.
- Initiated development of surface science techniques internally and with outside laboratories.
- New in-house capabilities were introduced and utilized for analyzing a myriad of "stains", gels and surface contamination on customer's substrates.
- Development of new films with antistatic properties and improved adhesion was completed. Alternate resins were selected and qualified for a number of films across all areas of Tredegar's film business.
- Active member on a number of problem solving teams throughout Tredegar and with many important customers.
Exxon Chemical Company, Film Division Lake Zurich, IL, 1992 - 1999
Research Associate, (Polymers Applications Business Unit)
- Setup an analytical lab in Exxon's film division and initiated development of film applications using Exxon's new metallocene-produced polyolefins.
- Developed a new series of blown and cast films for healthcare and packaging based on the new polymers. Recipient of the Exxon Chemical's President Award for commercializing PVC replacement films for healthcare.
- Developed with a major customer an alternative to Saran Wrap, now called Press and Seal.
Senior Staff Chemist, Polymer Long Range Research Group, Baytown, TX, 1989 - 1992
- Expert on the technical issues of plastics in solid waste, gave presentations upon request to customers, interested suppliers, and outside companies.
- Represented Exxon on the technical committee of the Council for Solid Waste Solutions, a consortium of resin producers and end users, in Washington, D.C.
- Presented an important paper on biodegradation of polyolefins at the First International Symposium on Degradable Polymers.
Staff Chemist, Polymer Long Range Research Group, Baytown, TX, 1985 - 1989
- Synthesized new polymers via functionalization of polyolefins in solution and the melt for applications in healthcare and automotive sectors.
- Explored the area of polymer degradability and recycling of polyolefins.
Staff Chemist, Corporate Ventures Technology, Allendale, NJ, 1983 - 1985
- Developed catalytic process for producing ethylene glycol and tertiary butyl alcohol in one step via oxidation of ethylene from lab through pilot line.
- Exxon generated numerous patents in this area during this time frame. Presented on the subject at many internal and external events.
Senior Research Chemist, New Ventures Technology, Allendale, NJ, 1979 - 1983
- Instrumental in developing catalysts for oxidation of olefins with hydroperoxides and elemental oxygen to generate glycols and with carbon dioxide cyclic carbonates.
- Gave numerous talks internally and became head of Exxon's global catalyst network in oxidation (25 scientists).
- As member on Product Research Group, setup lab and initiated development of homogeneous catalysts for oxidation of olefins selectively to glycols.
Gulf Research and Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA, Research Chemist, 1977 - 1979
- Developed and patented catalysts for hydroperoxide decomposition and oxidation of olefins to diols in homogeneous catalysis group.
U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves, 1969 - 1975
- Staff Sergeant
Honors & Publications
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry
Academic and Professional Affiliations
- Degradable Polymer Council.
- American Chemical Society
- Society of Plastics Engineers
- Technical Advisor on Council for Solid Waste Solutions (Washington, DC)
- American Society of Testing and Materials, Advisory Committee on Degradable- ASTM/ISR Standards
- Exxon Chemical's President Award (PVC)
Publications and Patents
- Author of numerous publications for: Workshops, conference material, in peer reviewed science and engineering journals
- Inventor of patents in catalysis, biodegradable polymers, functionalized polypropylene, metallocene polymers, and photodegradable polymers
- Ph.D. Organometallic Chemistry, Tufts University, Medford, MA
- M.S. Chemistry, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
- B.A. Chemistry, Eastern Baptist College, Overbrook, PA