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 Expert  719276

Expert in Polymerization Reaction Engineering

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Georgia (GA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
EMULSION POLYMERIZATION; FREE RADICAL POLYMERIZATION; ACRYLATE; ADDITION POLYMERIZATION. A good deal of Expert's academic and industrial work has been in the area of reactor engineering for emulsion and miniemulsion polymerization systems. Of special interest are the choice of reactor configuration (batch, semibatch, continuous, etc.), kinetics of emulsion polymerization, emulsion copolymerization, on-line sensors, process optimization, mathematical modeling, process troubleshooting, and the effect of inhibitors, molecular weight development, reactor dynamics, and process control. He has had substantial experience with the acrylates and synthetic rubbers, as well as in the more common monomers such as styrene. Related expertise includes suspension polymerization, addition polymerization, bulk and solution polymerization, dispersion polymerization, copolymerization, inverse emulsion polymerization, free radical polymerization, and miniemulsion polymerization.

MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL OF SURFACE TENSION. Expert has had significant experience in the application of on-line measurement of surface tension to industrial processes. He is the co-inventor of the bubble surface tensiometer, which is now commercially available. Related expertise includes relation of surface tension to more fundamental process properties (surfactant concentration, etc.), closed-loop control of surface tension, and control of particle nucleation in emulsion polymerization.

CONTROL OF POLYMERIZATION REACTORS. Expert has been heavily involved in the control of polymerization factors, and has just completed a book on the subject. Of particular interest are sensors for polymer properties, estimation and control of polymer properties, troubleshooting and the effect of inhibitors, and nonlinear control.

CONTROL OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES. A good deal of his industrial and academic experience has been in the area of chemical process control. Expert has particular expertise in the area of sensor selection, estimation of unmeasured variables, time delay compensation, decoupling, inferential control, internal model control, model predictive control, and nonlinear control. Related expertise includes the control of polymerization reactors.




addition polymerization


batch reactor


chemical process control


continuous reactor




emulsion polymerization


free radical polymerization






polymerization reactor


polymerization reactor control


solution polymerization


surface tension


surface tension control


surface tension measurement


polymerization reaction engineering

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia;  Athens, Georgia;  Macon, Georgia;  Roswell, Georgia;  Marietta, Georgia;  and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Often requested
with this expert:

Rheological Process Modeling
Resin, Polymer, Coating-Development/ Synthesis/ Processing/...
Polymer Synthesis and Properties, Catalysis,...
Water Soluble Polymers and Surfactants

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1981   PhD   Chemical Engineering   University of Wisconsin  
1974   MS   Chemical Engineering   University of Louisville  
1973   BS   Chemical Engineering   University of Louisville   Suma Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to 2015


Georgia Institute of Technology


School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Professor Emeritus


Teaching and research

2006 to 2010


University of Maryland


Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Professor and Chair


Teaching, research and administration

1982 to 2006


Georgia Institute of Technology




School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Teaching, research and administration

1974 to 1977


E. I. DuPont de Nemours


Elastomer Chemicals


Research and Development Engineer


Process development for emulsion polymerization processes Digital control of polymer production

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society.


Licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Georgia

Publications and Patents Summary

Author or coauthor of four books, four patents and well over 100 refereed journal publication

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Marcel Dekker, New York  
 - Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg  
 - Wiley  
 - Elsevier  
 - US Patent 5,686,518  
 - US Patent 6,369,135  
 - US Patent 6,380,281  
 - US Patent 6,384,110  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Consultant, at one time or the other, to most of the major US polymer producers.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Polymer Rheology expert needed for consulting regarding acrylic batch polymerization.
  • Expert in Chinese Company in Need of with Relating to Chloroprene Technology.
  • Expert in Emulsion Polymerization.
  • Acrylic copolymer expert for consulting on eliminating bubbles in cured acrylic fingernail application.
  • Expert for consulting on Acrylic Polymerization Process Improvement
  • Expert in continuous reactors for consulting on polymerization.
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:
Experience as an expert witness in polymerization-related litigation
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on polymer manufacturing process.
  • Expert for consulting on 1,3 Butadiene dimerization.
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:

Course Co-Director and Lecturer, "Advances in Emulsion Polymerization and Latex Technology", an annual industrial short course held in Davos, Switzerland, Lecturer 1984 -present; Course Co-Director, 1996 - present.

Lecturer, "Advances in Emulsion Polymerization and Latex Technology", an annual industrial short course held at Lehigh University, 1984-present


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