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 Expert  107961

Expert in Organic Coatings: Comprehensive knowledge of the theory and practice

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
COATINGS; LIQUID COATINGS; POLYMER COATINGS. Expert has about 35 years of research, development, and teaching experience in coating technology. He was trained as an organic chemist but switched to synthetic polymer chemistry early in his career. While his experience in polymers is broad, much of his activity has involved organic coatings. He has worked with most of the major generic types and their end uses. His research interests include structure control in polymer synthesis, novel polymer crosslinking methods, new polymeric binders for low-pollution coatings, synthesis of reactive oligomers, liquid crystalline polymers, polymer structure/property relationships, radiation curable, water-borne polymers, and powder, higher-solids and solventless coatings.

ORGANIC COATINGS. Most of his career has been devoted to organic coatings technology. His main expertise is in the polymeric binders of coatings, acrylics, polyesters, alkyds, epoxies, polyurethanes, and melamine formaldehyde resins. Having co-authored a two-volume book on coatings science and technology, his expertise spans most parts of the subject. He is experienced with technical/legal issues, especially with patents.

COATING RAW MATERIAL. Expert consults on most aspects of organic coatings, especially on polymeric binders. He is experienced in product development, licensing, technology assessment and new opportunity indentification. He is also familiar with raw materials suppliers to the coatings industry, coatings producers, and coatings users.

REACTIVE POLYMER; HIGH SOLIDS ORGANIC COATINGS. Much of his research over the past 15 years has been heavily involved with reactive polymers of the types used in coatings and high solids and powder organic coatings.

POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Expert has a broad background in polymer chemistry. He has detailed knowledge of many aspects of polymer chemistry and has an appreciation of the rest.

LITIGATION SUPPORT. He has recent, successful experience in product liability and intellectual property litigation involving coatings. Details upon request.


coating raw material


coating technology


high-solids organic coating material


liquid coating material


low volatile organic compound coating material


organic coating material


polymer coating material


reactive polymer


synthetic polymer chemistry


topcoating material


acrylic polymerization


polymer structure-property relationship


coating industry

Expert continues an active research program on abrasion-resistant materials. His research led to improved understanding of abrasion and mar resistance (over a dozen publications) and assisted in practical improvements such as better mar resistant automotive coatings and improved scratch-resistant hard coatings for polycarbonate.

Expert has had first-hand experience with acrylic coatings for about 30 years. He remains active in researching acrylic automotive clearcoats and all-acrylic latexes for durable coatings. Expert has made research contributions to clear coatings for automotive use.

Expert has had first-hand experience with all the major categories of coatings and has published research and/or obtained patents on most of them. As a "coatings generalist" he can offer perspective on the selection of coatings for most end uses.

He is widely known for his published research in low-solvent coatings, especially on high-solids and solvent-free coatings. He has been active in this area almost since 1967, when air pollution regulation of coatings first began to take effect.

He has recent, successful experience in litigation support for product liability and intellectual property disputes in the field of coatings. He has recent successful experience in litigation support regarding product liability and intellectual property disputes. He has successfully determined the causes of coating failures in commercial and litigation situations. Has provided commercial solutions.

He has served as expert witness in coating liability cases in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The law firms seemed pleased with the outcomes.


abrasion-resistant coating material


acrylic coating material


clear coating material


coating selection


low-solvent coating material




expert witness


failure analysis


legal liability

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida;  Hialeah, Florida;  Fort Lauderdale, Florida;  Hollywood, Florida;  Pembroke Pines, Florida;  Port Saint Lucie, Florida;  Miami Beach, Florida;  West Palm Beach, Florida;  Palm Bay, Florida;  and Pompano Beach, Florida.

Often requested
with this expert:

Polymer Coating Technologies
UV/ EB Coatings, Paint, Plastics, Failure Analysis,...
Organic Coating Technology
Powder Coating Technology, Processing and Markets

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1962   Ph.D.   Chemistry   Duke University   National Science Foundation Fellow
1958   A.B.   Chemistry   Oberlin College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Provides consulting services to companies, law firms, and government.

1990 to


(Undisclosed University)


Coatings Research Institute




Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings, 1990-2002. Mainly involved in research, some classroom teaching.

1983 to 1990


North Dakota State University


Department of Polymers and Coatings


Professor and Chair


Teach classes, chair department, perform research

1979 to 1983


Cargill, Inc.


Chemical Products Research




Manage R&D for the Chemical Products Division (subsequently divested)

1973 to 1979


Celanese Polymer Specialties Company


Coatings, Epoxy Resins, Research, Analytical


R&D Manager


At various times managed research, product development, and analytical lagoratories.

1963 to 1973


E. I. DuPont


Central Research; Fabrics and Finishes


Research Chemist, Research Supervisor


Performed basic research on catalysis and polymers for five years. Performed and supervised applied research for five years

Career Accomplishments:

Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology American Chemical Society

Professional Appointments

Expert was Chairman of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering of the American Chemical Society. Alternate Councilor. On the board of Intersocietal Polymer Education Council.


Expert's research papers received Roon awards 3 years. He was the Matiello Lecturer of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology. He won the Tess Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, and was elected a Fellow of the Division. Won the Gordon Award for most innovative paper, FSCT. He is recognized as a Distinguished Professor at Expert's University.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 200 publications and about 30 U.S. patents, most relating to polymers and coatings.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - National Academy of Sciences Press  
 - John Wiley & Sons  
 - Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology  
 - Journal of Coatings Technology  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has consulted with a variety of companies, some on contracts lasting as long as ten years and others on a one-day basis to address a specific problem.
  • He has successfully served as expert on intellectual property and product liability litigation.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in plastic coatings needed for consulting on a problem with polyurethane coating on polycarbonate substrate.
  • Expert for consulting on alkyds.
  • Expert for consulting on Solvent paint adhesion problems.
  • Expert for consulting on Anticorrosive coating.
  • Acrylamid expert for consulting on Acrylics.
  • Coating expert for consulting on melamine.
  • Adhesive expert needed for consulting on powder adhesive.
  • Filiform corrosion expert for consulting on Filiform corrosion on Twist-off caps on pickled products.
  • Paint and coatings expert needed for consulting on manufacturing of anticorrosion coatings.
  • Corrosion inhibitor expert for consulting on corrosion inhibitor validity.
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 served as an expert witness in five litigations. Topics were intellectual property and product liability issues.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Epoxy-Phenolic Coating Analysis.
  • Expert in polymers, coatings, chemical testing, distributor/manufacturer relations.
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
2008 to   Malaysia   Serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Technologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Market Research:
He can provide technical input for market studies of the coatings market.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has prepared and presented technical training courses on-site for companies such as 3M and GM. The subject of these courses is organic coatings (paint), but details within that subject are tailored to the interests of the customer. He has also provided intensive short courses on coatings offered by universities.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has experience locating vendors of organic coatings and raw materials for coatings.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has been consistently successful in securing research grants and contracts.

He is inventor or co-inventor of about 30 U.S. patents and numerous foreign counterparts. He worked closely with patent attorneys to prepare his own patents for filing and to prosecute them in the U.S. and abroad. He is experienced in licensing intellectual property. He is also experienced in preparing, prosecuting, licensing, and litigating patents.


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