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 Expert  107691

Expert in Economics of Polypropylene, Polyolefins, and Catalysts

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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Expert has over 20 years of experience with a leading petrochemical company (Amoco) that includes participation on design teams for four polypropylene projects, two manufacturing plants for Ziegler-Natta supported catalyst, and a polystyrene project. He is co-designer of the original Amoco gas-phase polypropylene plant.

Expert's skills in mathematical modeling and computer programming have been used to develop theoretical and empirical models for both polymer solutions and for the Ziegler-Natta catalyzed polymerization of propylene to manufacture PP commercially. One key to the success of this model has been the quantitative description of the powder flow patterns through a horizontal stirred gas-powder reactor. Another key has the calculation of solvent and slurry viscosity in liquid-based polyreactors.

Expert has been a part of the team offering the new polypropylene (PP) technology for licensing in the international arena. This entailed making presentations of the technical information in numerous places such as Japan, China, Mexico, and the U.S.

Much of Expert's time has been devoted to economic studies of polyolefin projects (virgin and recycle polymer and catalyst) and a detailed comparison of capital investment and manufacturing costs between the leading industrial competitors. He has completed several scoping evaluations (for SPO '93 and Metcon '94 to '97) of the metallocene catalyst systems for polyolefins.

Expert's research has included theoretical studies and laboratory measurements of the transport (rate) processes in polymers and polymer solutions. His research also includes studies of the thermodynamic equilibrium between polymers and solvents. Recently, the Design Institute for Physical Property Data (DIPPR) of AIChE completed a Polymer Solution Handbook under the guidance of a committee headed by Expert.

While much of his career has focused on the design and economics of polymer processes, Expert has recently broadened his work to include the use of new, single-site catalysis to make unique polyolefins. As a result of this interest, Expert was invited to speak at the Schotland SPO '93 and the Catalyst Consultants Metcon '94 to '97 conferences.

Expert has evaluated the design and economic challenges of recovering plastic from automobile shredder residue and from shredded refrigerator "whitegoods."

Expert is a chemical engineer and has served petrochemical companies since 1995. His special focus is polyolefin process design and economics, recently in the field of metallocene catalysis, with many publications in these areas. A registered professional engineer, he was codesigner of the first Amoco gas-phase manufacturing process for homopolymer PP resin, and was part of the design team for a new gas-phase ethylene-propylene copolymer plant in Texas. He has served as a member of the team assembled to promote and license this new PP technology. He has taught the capstone senior design course at The Ohio State University, and much earlier, taught for five years at the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 30 years of industrial experience. He also works in the Process Evaluation Section of the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Lab, where he has a major responsibility in computer process simulation.




Ziegler-Natta catalyst


Ziegler polymerization


polypropylene technology transfer


polyolefin manufacturing technology management


polymer property


metallocene-catalyzed polymerization


olefin polymerization


polymer recycling


chemical manufacturing facility evaluation

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1966   Ph.D.   Chemical Engineering   M.I.T.  
1960   B.Ch.E.   Chemical Engineering   Cornell University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to




Process Evaluation


Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering


Expert performs process simulation and economics using such software as Aspen Plus.

1992 to




Oakwood Consulting, Inc.


Independent Consultant


He is president and provides technical designs and economics in polyolefins and catalysts.

1971 to 1992


Amoco Chemical Company


Polymer Process Design & Economics


Research Associate


Expert provided commercial scale polymer manufacturing process design and economics.

1966 to 1971


University of Texas at Austin


Chemical Engineering


Assistant Professor


He taught a range of typical undergrad and graduate courses in chemical engineering.

1963 to 1966


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Course X, Chemical Engineering


Graduate Student


He did research and wrote a thesis on microwave plasma chemical reactions.

1960 to 1963


3M Company


Central Research


Research Engineer


He did process development for several processes, a few of which were commercialized.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of AIChE, ACS, and SPE. He holds an Emeritus Membership in the AIChE Design Institute for Physical Property Data (DIPPR).


He has been a Registered Professional Engineer (Texas)for many years.


Expert was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1999. He has received a Special Quality Award (Amoco) for the design of a new PP plant, an Amoco Award for a patent in process control, an award from the Illinois Association of School Boards for service, and an award for best articles from the Instrument Society of America.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 36 publications, has three patents, and was editor of a DIPPR manual on polymer solution chemistry (details by request).

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Proceedings of Metcon  
 - Metcon  
 - Chemical Engineering  
 - Annual Technical Conference Society of Plastics Engineers  
 - Metcon  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in catalyst for polypropylene for consulting on Polypropylene polymerization.
  • Polymer material expert for consulting on a technology priority assessment for a startup.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has some experience providing technical liability advice to attorneys.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1993 to   China, Korea, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and India   Expert continues to travel repeatedly to the listed countries to personally (or with one of the three Oakwood principals) provide technical consulting in areas of his company's expertise.
1984 to 1992   Japan, China, Mexico, Belgium, and France   He was part of an Amoco team licensing polypropylene technology worldwide. In this capacity, he traveled to Japan, China, and Mexico. In addition, he conducted business in Belgium and France.
1995 to 1996   China   Expert represented the Illinois EPA for evaluation of clean production for Sinopec industrial sites.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Expert reads French.
German   He reads German.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has presented more than a dozen seminars at technical meetings.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of polypropylene.


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