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Chemist Plastics Engineer Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Chemist, Plastics Engineer, Polymers, Plastics, Patent Infringement, Performance Minerals, Natural Fibers, Plastic Composites, Polypropylene, Nylons, Thermal Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Rheological Engineer, Polymers, Plastic Packaging Films, Adhesive Failure, Cohesive Failure, Gel Defects, Bubble Instability, Compounding, Additives, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Analysis, Process Control, Chemistry,

 

 

 

Expert Witness No. 866

 

SUMMARY of SKILLS

Technologist with a unique mix of Academic & Business achievements

•    Academic:     120 research publications, director of courses offered in the US / Europe, and 2 International Awards
•    Commercial:  Numerous new product launches covering both Incremental & Conceptual innovations; 25 US patents
•    Business:       Numerous corporate business awards such as “Sales”, “Save” and “Growth” of the year; frequently invited to speak on “Business Growth via Technology”

CONSULTING ACTIVITIES

•    Polymer Failure & Defects: Problem Solving   2009 – Present
   o Consulting activities &/or In-House training courses at companies such as Pepsico, Eastman Chemical, Weyerhaeuser, Kimberly-Clark , Shaw Industries, Ballard Power, Beckman Coulter, and Applied Minerals for Plastics related problems
   o Consulting role at a “Medical Device” company; addressed issues such as performance of modified gelatin based HYDROGEL as affected by variables such as manufacturing, storage, shelf-life, and application conditions.

PATENT INFRINGEMENT

•    Expert witness in a winning litigation related to a “Medical Device” between two Fortune 100 companies.  2006 – 2007
•    Participated in a winning patent infringement case between two Fortune 100 companies held in Canada.  1989 – 1994
•    Prepared documents for patent disputes handled by arbitragers.  1991 – 1993

PERFORMANCE MINERALS

APPLIED MINERALS (New York, NY), Chief Technology Officer   2013-2015

IMERYS (Roswell, GA), Senior Technology Fellow / Director of Technology  2005-2009

•    Developed the most definitive understanding to date of CaCO3 – Stearic Acid interactions since the 1960’s leading to $900K annual savings.

 

NATURAL FIBERS-PLASTIC COMPOSITES

RAYONIER (Jesup, GA), Manager of Reinforced Engineering Plastics   2001-2004

•    Led the project to a decision point. Fibers evaluated included wood fiber, wood flour, highly purified cellulose, kenaf, and rayon in comparison to glass fibers. Plastics evaluated included polypropylene (PP) and nylons (PA6 or N6).
•    Developed a novel compounding process to achieve high dispersion at commercially acceptable throughputs.

COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING via ANALYTICAL

ALLIEDSIGNAL / HONEYWELL (Morristown, NJ),  Research Group Leader / Senior Principal Scientist   1975-2001

•    Demonstrated expertise in Thermal–Mechanical–Rheological–Barrier properties of materials.
•    Uniquely skilled in demonstrating “If & Why Product / Process A is Different from Product / Process B and Inventing Solutions to Match if not Reverse the Trend” using a coordinated analytical sciences approach.
•    Successfully solved numerous production, customer, and scale-up problems.
•    Successfully solved manufacturing problems occurring during Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Thermoforming, Cast and Blown Film operations.

NYLONS / POLYAMIDES

•    Credited with “Pioneering Work on Nylons” (PA6, PA66, PA46, PA12, Amorphous Nylons)
•    Demonstrated expertise in structure-property-processing relationships: crystallinity, crystallite size, orientation, melt-rheology, dimensional stability, manufacturing problems.

POLYMERS / PLASTICS

•    Studied, published, and lectured on numerous polymers such as polyethylene (PE), PP, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), fluoropolymers such as Teflon, PFA, PVdF, and PCTFE, and BIO-Polymers such as polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and polylactic acid (PLA) & its blends.

PLASTIC PACKAGING FILMS

•    Developed a “Paper-Like Film” from an R&D concept to respond to a need for an environmentally friendly packaging film.
•    R&T’s Business Unit Liaison to Specialty Films Business (1994-1995) and key technologist for Packaging Resins Business (1994-2001).
•    Led “Emerging Technologies” to improve Moisture and or Oxygen gas barrier of plastic films by modified Metallization and other coatings such as SiOx / AlOx via plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), and E-beam vaporization. Evaluated other technologies of the future such as Polylactic acid (PLA) & its blends for packaging applications.
•    Continuously solved problems related to plastic films such as dimensional stability, optical properties, adhesive / cohesive failure, root-cause investigations of defects during retort operations, occurrence of gel defects, and bubble instability during blown film process.

COMPOUNDING & ADDITIVES

•    Commercialized a cost-effective & high performance lubricant for Nylon plastics
•    Demonstrated skills in nucleating agents & clarifiers
•    Experienced in detecting unexpected benefits of additives & developing new applications
•    Experienced in “Specialty Compounding”

HONORS & AWARDS

•    Research Publications >120 {81 in Reviewed Journals, Books, and Encyclopedias}
•    US Patents >  25 {from fundamental work; patents unexpected}
•    Director of courses on Polymeric Films, Polymer Melt Rheology, Thermal Properties, and Analytical Sciences offered in the US and in Europe since 1995.
•    Contributions to technology leveraged sales growth (>$50M) recognized by Corporate R&T through 5 Special Recognition Awards and 3 business awards, namely, GROWTH, SAVE, and SALE of the year awards. (1991-1998)
•     Recipient of the 1997 International “Mettler” award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society for outstanding contributions to thermoanalytical sciences. Society’s elected  Fellow (1988).
•    Recipient of  the 2001  International “Engineering / Technology” award of the Society of Plastics Engineers for fundamental contributions  to the field of plastics.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

    Ph.D / MS    (Polymer Science & Engineering)    Polytech., NY  1980
    MS                (Chemical Analysis & Process Control) IIT, Delhi   1974
    MS               (Analytical Chemistry) U. of Delhi  1972
    BS                (Chemistry) U. of Delhi  1970
 
•    Middle-Management and Leadership (1986-2000)
•    Total Quality Leadership – TQL/TQS (1993-1994)
•    Six-Sigma Training & Implementation to Projects (1998-2001)

PROPOSED SEMINAR TOPIC

“Creating an Environment for Business Growth via Discoveries & Innovations”

 

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