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Ph.D. Wood Science Expert Targeting: Wood Preservatives, Renewable Materials, Coatings, Adhesives and QC/QA

Technical Consultant #2581


Expertise

  • Renewable Materials Chemistry
  • Wood Science
  • Wood Preservatives
  • QA/QC
  • ISO 9001 compliance.
  • Phytochemical Analysis
  • Wood (Decomposition, Protection, Modification, Conversion, Composites, and adhesives)
  • Microscopy (SEM, TEM, Optical)
  • Separations (GC, HPLC, SFC, CE)
  • Spectroscopy (FTIR, ICP, MS, SIMS, Raman)
  • Formulation
  • Adhesives and Coatings
  • Project Management
  • Experimental Design
  • Data Analysis/ and interpretation
  • Results Communication
  • Method Development and Transfer
  • Research and Development, Lab Management, Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

Experience

LCLLC, Principal Scientist. 2022 - Present

  • Provide client centered consulting and expert witness services with a primary focus of renewable materials chemistry and wood science. 

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, Senior Research Scientist. 1998 - 2022   

Senior Research Scientist 1, Research Scientist 2, Research Scientist 1 (Wood Protection Group)

  • Consulting and research areas: Wood (Decomposition, Protection, Modification, Conversion, Composites, Adhesives).
  • Microscopy (SEM, TEM, Optical), Separations (GC, HPLC), Spectroscopy (FTIR, ICP, MS, SIMS, Raman).
  • Full cycle project management from conception to completion. Full budget responsibility.
  • Principal Investigator: 125 Projects, US $3,074,898.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: 367 Projects, US $9,989,427.
  • Idea generation, experimental design, proposal preparation, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Results communication (reports, oral presentations, publications).
  • Quality system development, implementation, management (ISO 17025 Accreditation).

Instructor (M.T.U. School of Forestry and Wood Products), 1999- -2000

  • Taught: Wood Physics, Wood Manufacturing and Machining.
  • Co-Instructor: Wood Mechanics, , Wood Preservation and Seasoning, Wood Technology.

Alpha Chemical & Biomedical Laboratories, Petaluma, CA, Senior Chemist, 1996 -1997

  • Executed services: Phytochemical analysis, method development and transfer, lab management, QA/QC, research and development.
  • Separations (GC, CE, HPLC, TLC) and Spectroscopy (FTIR, MS, UV/Vis).
  • Business development and educational outreach, short course development and delivery.
  • Represented lab at meetings and conferences, in trade organizations and standards organizations.

PhytoScience Associates, Redondo Beach, Rohnert Park, CA, Houghton, MI, 1996 - 2003

President

  • Executed services: Phytochemical analysis, method development and transfer, product/technology evaluation.
  • Separations (GC, CE, HPLC, SFE, TLC) and spectroscopy (FTIR, MS, UV/Vis).
  • Expert Advisor in botanical nutritional supplement and natural products for clients.
  • Monograph and white paper development (botanical supplement characterization).

Botanicals International, Long Beach, CA, 1994 - 1996

Analytical Chemistry Manager

  • Executed Services Phytochemical analysis, method development and transfer, QA/QC, technical support services.
  • Separations (GC, CE, HPLC, TLC) and Spectroscopy (FTIR, UV/Vis).
  • Proposed and implemented FTIR fingerprint library for identification of botanical raw materials.
  • Proposed and implemented CE as analytical method for quantification of botanical marker compounds.
  • Technical service to internal (production and warehousing) and external customers.
  • Helped develop and implement quality management system (HACCP, GMP, ISO 9001) compliant.
  • Represented company at meetings and conferences, in trade organizations and standards organizations.

E.E.D.E., New Westminster, BC Canada, 1993 - 1994

Co-founder and Chief Science Officer

  • Provided business and product development, research and development, formulation coatings, green chemistry and processes.
  • Developed and implemented system to convert hotel and restaurant waste into compost.
  • Invented the "Kitchen Vermiculator” " to compost kitchen wastes.
  • Formulated environmentally friendly coatings.
  • Developed vertically integrated alternative crop to consumer product programs for agricultural co-ops.
  • Company had been sold.

Napier International Technologies, Langley, BC, Canada, 1992 - 1993

Assistant Scientific Manager

  • Products and services: Wood preservatives, coatings, formulation, lab management, regulatory affairs, and QA/QC
  • Supervised research and development analytical labs.
  • Technical service and troubleshooting to manufacturing and customers.
  • Product claim investigations
  • Developed and implemented QA/QC program to comply with ISO 9001.
  • Regulatory affairs (Canada and USA)

NTT Charlotte, NC, 1988 - 1989

Co-founder and Principal Chemist

  • Products and services: Dyes, natural fibers, extraction, formulation, business development, separations (TLC, column chromatography), and color analysis.
  • Selection, cultivation, and extraction of dye plants.
  • Developed product specifications and QA/QC procedures.
  • Dying natural fibers, blending and formulation of proprietary tints.
  • Sold company.

Baxter HealthCare, Marion, NC, 1987 - 1988

Quality Control Chemist

  • Expertise: Raw Materials Analysis, Method Development, QA/QC.
  • Separations (GC, HPLC), Spectroscopy (Fluorescence, UV/Vis).
  • Proposed, developed, implemented a heparin analysis that realized cost savings of $250,000 per year.

Honors & Publications


Credentials 

Peer Reviewer of publications in the following

  • Forest Products Journal
  • Cellulose
  • Journal of AOAC International
  • American Herbal Pharmacopeia

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Forest Products Society (FPS)
  • Society of Wood Science & Technology (SWST)
  • American Wood Protection Association (AWPA)
  • International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG)
  • International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA)

Activities

American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • Upper Peninsula Local Section: Chair and Councilor
  • Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division (CELL): Vice Program Chair
  • Program Chair
  • Committee on Ethics (ETHX): Associate and Member
  • Divisional Activities Committee (DAC): Associate
  • Multi-programming Planning Group (MPPG): Thematic Programing Chair and Chair-Elect

American Wood Protection Association (AWPA)

  • Task groups pertinent to evaluation and analytical method standards
  • Committee P-9

AOAC International

  • General Referee
  • General Methods Committee

Publications 

Author and Co-Author of over 30 publications, posters and presentations

Subject Areas

  • Wood Composites preserving systems
  • Wood Preservative Systems
  • Plastic and Wood Composites Durability
  • Building Panels-Mold and Decay
  • Termites and home protection
  • Termites Field Testing
  • Extract-Grape Seed
  • Climate on Wood
  • Supplements and Botanicals Report
  • Marketing Hemp and Innovation

Education

  • Ph.D. Forest Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • M.S. Chemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • B.S.. in Chemistry, University of Denver, Denver, CO
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