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Expert in Salt Processing, Minerals Extraction from Brine, Solar Pond Design and Operation

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Utah (UT)
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Expert has 40 years of experience with solar ponds and evaporators used to concentrate brine and remove chemicals such as salt, potash and metal compounds, specifically NaCl, MgCl2, KCl, K2SO4, LiCO3, Na2SO4. He was the expert selected to write "Chemicals from Brine" in the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.

Expert is experienced in the design, construction, and operation of solar ponds, from simple to complex. He is also knowledgeable in the optimization of old solar pond complexes in order to bring them up to date.

Expert is experienced in brine manipulation, handling, chemistry, density gradients, evaporation, and underground and surface recovery.

Expert's background includes the creation and handling of all salts, including halite, epsomite, sylvinite, silvite, kainite, carnallite, schoenite, bischofite, mirabilite, and others.

Expert worked as a plant manager at Great Salt Lake Minerals and Chemicals Corporation and has consulted at more than 35 plant operations sites around the world.

Great Salt Lake Minerals and Chemicals Corporation is the largest producer of magnesium chloride hexahydrate in the United States. Expert helped design its processing plant and aided in its operation.

He is knowledgeable in many types of brines, primarily those containing NaCl, MgCl2, MgSO4, KCl, K2SO4, Na2SO4, and salts of lithium and sodium. This includes sea brine, terminal lakes, and underground brine.

Expert is an expert in extracting sodium chloride from seawater, terminal lakes such as the Dead Sea and Great Salt Lake, and from underground brine, salt domes, and salt salars. This experience was gained from 35 years of experience working with and consulting with over 35 salt operations all over the world.

Expert wrote an article on sodium sulfate for a major chemical technology encyclopedia. He has worked with the production of anhydrous sodium sulfate from the Great Salt Lake, and at many other sites around the world during the last 40 years.


brine mineral recovery


solar pond




evaporite salt


chemical plant operation


magnesium chloride


salt water


sodium chloride


salt processing


sodium sulfate

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
  Additional course work:   Reliability and Statistics; Brine Biological Systems; Strategy of Experimentation; Business Administration courses    
1960   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Utah  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to






Expert is a consulting engineer and President of the corporation.

1980 to 1998


GSL Solar Consultants and Advisors


Vice President


He was in charge of world wide consulting contracts for Great Salt Lake Chemicals Corporation.

1965 to 1980


GSL Minerals & Chemicals Corp.




Expert managed the world's most complicated array of solar ponds including operations, harvesting, expansion design, and maintenance.

1960 to 1965


Hercules Powder


Technical Director


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of AIC and AIChE.


Expert is a Certified Chemical Engineer.

Professional Appointments

Expert serves on the Advisory Committee to Weber State College.


He received the "George Harris Chairman Award" for engineering excellence in 1997.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author of a full-length mineral extraction book. He has over 25 additional publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. John Wiley & Sons  
 - International Salt Symposium  
 - International Potash Technology Conference  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in solar ponds especialist potash for consulting on Peruvian Brine Project.
  • Expert for consulting on Salt Production Chemical Engineer.
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  • Salt ponds expert for consulting on solar ponds construction.
  • Expert in solar salt processing for consulting on the due diligence process in ascertaining the risks and opportunities associated with the existing operation/business.
  • Expert in solar ponds for consulting to precipitate astrakanita (sodium a magnesium double sulfate) from a brine.
  • Salt mining expert for consulting on spc.
  • Salt brine expert kainite for consulting on South Boulder Mines - Potash Development Project. Review of approach.
  • Lipid chemistry expert for consulting on calcium salts of free fatty acids-specification of fats.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness in oil and brine water for consulting on explosion of a brine water tanker.
  • Expert for consulting on the removal of perchlorate from sodium nitrate.
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:
Country / Region   Summary
South America   Expert has worked in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela on mineral extration projects.
Middle East   He has worked in Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran with solar ponds and evaporite related projects.
Far East   Expert has worked in Japan, China, and Russia.
Western Australia   He worked all along western Australia: Shark Bay, Dampier, Lake McCloud, etc.
India   Expert worked on salt projects, industrial chemicals, and solar ponds in northern regions.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert is fluent in Spanish.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors in the following areas: custom made earth moving equipment, canal making, and lining; pond liners and design; salt harvest equipment; process equipment; and solar pond design.

He has access to the following resources: personal contacts and printed materials.


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