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 Expert  107574

Expert in Catalytic Organic Chemistry

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New Jersey (NJ)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has over 30 years of experience in catalytic organic chemistry. His exceptional skills encompass basic research, product development, scale-up, manufacturing, sales and marketing, joint venture, and contract negotiating on catalytic-related issues important to the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries.

He provides his clients advice on optimized manufacturing procedures and on equipment selection, installation, and operation. He has worked with issues on material balances, analytical determinations, impurities control, and environmental concerns.

Expert has extensive expertise with the development, manufacture, and supply of precious metal catalysts. He has selected reagents, raw materials, and supports and has prepared precious metal salts and solutions for use as starting materials. He is familiar with the purchase, installation, and debugging of pilot plant and commercial plant manufacturing equipment.

Expert provides his clients with technical advice on the development of precious metal catalysis processes such as hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, oxidation, isomerization, reductive alkylation, dehydrohalogenation, and decarbonylation. Experienced with catalyst selection, Expert is familiar with the nature of precious metals and catalyst supports including the aspects of chemical composition, geometry, and physical and chemical properties. He can answer questions on process development starting with laboratory set-up and testing, scale-up to pilot plant and commercial plant, and slurry phase versus fixed bed operation of commercial reactors.

Well versed in purchasing virgin catalysts from vendors, Expert can provide advice on sampling, analysis, and reproducibility studies. He is knowledgeable of loading and unloading techniques at the plant level. He has worked with separation (both filtration and centrifugation), cleaning, homogenization, and preparation for the precious metal recovery (refining) cycle. He has monitored and collaborated with the spent precious metal catalyst refiners on the optimization of precious metal returns.


catalyst mechanism


industrial catalysis


precious metal


catalytic hydrogenation


catalytic oxidation




precious-metal recovery


catalyst regeneration


catalyst poison


catalyst poisoning


catalyst support

Having worked extensively with the deactivation of supported precious metal catalysts, Expert can answer in-depth questions on regeneration processes. He has provided services and studies on the prevention of catalyst deactivation via sintering, fouling, and poisoning.

Expert uses state-of-the-art analytical techniques for determining precious metal content in virgin and spent catalysts, liquid and solid by-products, and process effluents as part of plant quality control efforts. He provides advice on establishing routine and non-routine instrumental characterization techniques for the structure of supports, virgin catalysts, and spent or deactivated products. He has recommended and established evaluation procedures and methods for powdered and particulate catalysts.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   PhD   Organic Chemistry   Loyola University  
1968   MS   Organic Chemistry/Catalysis   Northwestern University  
1960   BS   Chemistry   Sao Paulo University, Brazil  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1994 to





1991 to 1994


Johnson Matthey


Manager, Catalyst Commercial Development


1988 to 1991


PMC (Precious Metals Corporation)


Technical and Marketing Director


1970 to 1988


Engelhard Corporation



1984 to 1988


Research Associate



1982 to 1984


Latin American Operations




1978 to 1982


ChemCatalysts Department


Technical Manager, Technical Director


1970 to 1978




Research Chemist Supervisor, Senior Research Chemist

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the North American Catalysis Society, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Commercial Development Association.


He is the author of several publications and patents in the field of catalytic organic chemistry.

Professional Appointments

He was Chairman of the Catalysis Society of New York.

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
This expert is open to serving as an expert witness in lawsuits.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico   As Director for Latin American Operations for Engelhard Industries, Expert promoted chemical, electronic, and precious metal products throughout much of Latin America. He established extensive technical and commercial contacts at the government and industrial levels in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Language Skills:
He is proficient in Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian languages.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of: heterogeneous precious metal catalysts, catalyst supports, and precious metals (including salts and solutions).


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