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 Expert  107838

Expert in Applied Silica Chemistry

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Florida (FL)
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SILICA AND SILICATE CHEMISTRY; The primary focus of Expert's technical work since 1974 has been the chemistry of soluble silica and products derived from silica. These include precipitated products, gels, and sols. He is currently studying the interaction of colloidal ions in dilute solution (e.g. soluble silica and alumina or iron near their precipitation phase boundaries). He is also studying the properties of dilute silica gel systems to determine how the structured gel systems with very high water content influence crystallizing systems. This knowledge can then be applied to better understand silica/silicate's role in many practical situations where silica is used or naturally present. These situations include detergency, water treatment, corrosion control, pulp bleaching, enhanced oil recovery, catalysis, mineral benefication, zeolite synthesis, waste treatment, and the synthesis of other silica derived products such as silicas, gels, and precipitated products. His specific thrust is Al3+, Zr2+, Pb2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, CO32-, Ca2+, and Mg2+ containing solution with pH values at or near their "solubility boundaries."

Potassium silicate is one of several forms of soluble silica. Others include the sodium silicate - the largest volume product, lithium silicate and ammonium silicates. Sodium silicates are used primarily in detergents and making second generation products e.g. precipitated silica, zeolites, silica gels and silica sols. He has extensive practical experience with these materials, including their manufacture and uses. Additionally, he has been preparing what is hoped to be unique carbon-coated high pore volume and surface area silica gels. These gels are expected to be better metal supports and catalysts.




silica chemistry


silicate chemistry


silicate compound


silicate mineral


potassium silicate


sodium silicate

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;  Pompano Beach, Florida;  and Boca Raton, Florida.

Often requested
with this expert:

Characterization and Development of Silica/ Silicate Based...
Silicone, RTV Rubber
Cement and Concrete Technology
Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1972   PhD   Physical and Inorganic Chemistry   University of Delaware  
1968   BS   Chemistry   University of Pennsylvania  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to


(Undisclosed University)


Chemistry Department


Emeritus Professor of Chemistry


He retired in 2009 and was recognized as an Emeritus Professor on 12/20/2009.

1974 to 1989


The PQ Corporation



Various technical and managerial positions


He managed Industrial Chemicals (silicate chemistry) R&D. This included R&D on silicates, detergency, EOR, cements and zeolites among other areas. He was Corporate Planning Manager for 3 years.

1973 to 1974


Union Camp Corporation



Senior Scientist


He studied wet end chemistry applied to the optimization of pigment performance.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society and The Royal Society of Chemistry

Professional Appointments

He was the Chairman of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society in 1992 and is currently the chair of the section's Finance, Budget and Audit committee. For the American Chemical Society, Expert served as a member of the ACS Committee on Publications (1995-1998); ACS Councilor (1993-1995); and ACS Career Consultant (1992 to 2010).


In 1976, he received the PQ Marketing Group Employee of the Year Award. Expert is also a Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society.

Publications and Patents Summary

He holds eight patents, has written many papers, edited the book "Soluble Silicates" published by ACS Books, and has given many presentations in his field.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Colloid Chemistry of Silica  
 - Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology  
 - Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in soluble silica chemistry for consulting on silica/Al solubility in carbonate/bicarbonate solutions.
  • Expert in stabilized silicate for consulting on non-toxic additive that will stabilize water soluble sodium silicates from precipitation at lower pH.
  • Expert for consulting on making glass pebbles at 8T per day.
  • Expert for consulting on Sodium Silicate and enviormental clean up.
  • Expert in silicates for consulting on Euclid.
  • Expert for consulting on Sodium Silicate Chemistry and Markets.
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  • Expert in ceramic formulation for consulting on ceramic bead product development.
  • Inorganic chemist expert for consulting on inorganic chemist for product development project.
  • Expert in magnesium silicate for consulting on product manufacturers for purchase and resale.
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:
He has been an expert witness in many situations, including patent matter, trade issues and civil suits.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in bound water in silica gels for consulting on silica gel issues.
  • Expert in coating of sand for consulting on process and industry standards.
  • Sodium silicate expert for consulting on adhering pigments to sand for a trade secrets case.
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.

Additional Skills and Services:

He was extensive experience in course development and training seminars.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of: Alkali silicates, Zeolite,Silica soils, Silica gels, Precipitated silicas, Glass beads, and Hollow spheres, i.e., SiO2 based chemicals and materials.

He has access to the following resources: Personal contacts and extensive literature files.


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