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 Expert  717048

Expert in Battery Industry, Battery Technology, Research & Development, Testing, etc.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
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Expert is one of the world's leading experts in lead-acid battery technology. His expertise covers aspects of design, materials, processing, testing, reverse engineering, and failure analysis. He is the principal co-author of the chapter on lead-acid batteries in the 1983 edition of "Handbook of Batteries and Fuel Cells." Expert's knowledge in this area also includes lead chemistry, lead-acid battery recycling, and lead-acid battery research and development.

electric battery


electric cell


lead-acid battery


lead-acid battery research and development

Expert has extensive experience with the research, production, and process development of electric batteries. He is knowledgeable of rechargeable batteries, maintenance-free batteries, and load-leveling batteries. He has tested and reverse-engineered batteries for many specific applications including portable devices and tools, electric vehicles, UPS, and SLI.

battery application


battery technology

Expert has designed and constructed all types of battery testing equipment, including apparatus and methods for accelerated life testing, discharge specifications verification, cycle-life testing, and impedance measurement.

battery tester


electric battery testing

Over the course of his career, Expert has designed and installed numerous battery monitoring systems based on coulometers, strip-chart recorders, stand-alone dataloggers, and computer-controlled dataloggers.

battery monitoring system


computerized battery monitoring system

Expert has studied and reported on many types of battery chargers including ferroresonant, SCR, switch-mode, and pulse chargers.

battery charger

Expert has developed hydrometallurgical processes for recovering cadmium and lead from spent batteries.

battery recycling

Expert has performed numerous studies on battery failures and has predicted failures of new batteries based on reverse engineering.

battery failure

A significant portion of Expert's career has involved setting up processes and developing equipment and materials for the many aspects of battery assembly. This experience includes conductor-carrier preparation (such as grid casting), paste mixing, pasting, curing, polymer bonding electrodes, assembly, encasing, formation, and in-process quality control testing.

electric battery assembly

Expert has carried out countless tests for battery life, accelerated life testing, and failure analysis. He has developed methods to predict life and potential failure modes from tear-down examination and reverse engineering of new batteries.

battery reliability

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;  Akron, Ohio;  Youngstown, Ohio;  and Canton, Ohio.

Often requested
with this expert:

Lithium Batteries
Battery Design and Simulation
Batteries and Battery Interfaces: System Design and Analysis
Electrochemical Power Sources

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1968   PhD   Physical chemistry   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
1963   BS   Chemistry   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   NSF Undergrad Research Participation Program

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1991 to





President, Principal Scientist


Expert does R&D testing, consulting, marketing, and corporate management.

1983 to 1990


Carnegie Mellon Research Institute


Battery Technology Center




He founded the center, developed the client base and testing capabilities, mentored students, and taught electro analytical chemistry.

1979 to 1982


St. Joe Minerals Corporation



Technical Supervisor


Expert supervised and expanded the battery lab for testing and pilot scale battery processing, and provided technical marketing support

1975 to 1979


SGL Batteries



Technical Director


He did R&D, process and product engineering, and technical marketing support. He also wrote process and QC manuals, and was a liason for OSHA and the EPA.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Electrochemical Society and a previous member of ACS, ASQC, SAE, BCI, and IBMA.


He received an Alpha-Beta Award from CSIRO Australia.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has hundreds of proprietary reports, dozens of presentations at symposia, several publications including a book, a book chapter, several authoritative reviews, and one patent.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Teltech Annual Strategic Report  
 - Chapter in Handbook of Batteries and Fuel Cells. Ed.: Linden, D.  
 - Presentation at ECS Meeting  
 - Fenton, MO: Bitrode Corp  
 - Presentation at Fall ECS Symposium  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1993 to 2000   US Navy   SBIR Phase I, II, III   Expert developed and tested proprietary material to prevent soft shorting of Navy batteries.
1968 to 1970   US Army Coating & Chemical Lab   CPT CmlC, Researcher   He conducted research on spectral characteristics of paint, and was a consultant on corrosion and electrochemistry.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert did lab testing of battery materials, batteries, and chargers, both nondestructive and destructive.
  • He did equipment and process development.
  • Expert has provided process, design, and product consultation to many clients in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on AGM Lead Acid Battery Failure Analysis.
  • Expert in Lead Acid Battery.
  • Expert in defining spec and select suppliers for 1/3N and 2032 batteries for consulting in developing a verification test plan.
  • Battery expert for consulting on lithium cell separator.
  • LEad Acid Battery expert for consulting on Lead Acid Battery Proces Review and Guidance.
  • Sealed lead acid battery expert for consulting on SLA batteries.
  • Expert in battery failure analysis for consulting on failure analysis of NIMH batteries.
  • Expert in battery technology for consulting on porous plastic applications for battery/power source market.
  • Expert in accelerated battery life testing service for consulting on evaluation of AGM and gel batteries 80 AH to 100 AH.
  • Battery expert for consulting on usage in appliances.
  • Expert in Motor modeling and transient control.
  • Battery expert for consulting on the design of an AGM battery backup system for hot/cold foodservice cart running on 120V 20 amps.
  • Expert in nicad batteries to consult on batteries included in check readers.
  • Expert for consulting on NiMH cell battery analysis.
  • Lead cell battery forensic expert for consulting on failure analysis of a failed flooded lead cell battery.
  • Nickel hydrogen battery expert for consulting on solar power storage.
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 experience with investigations, depositions, and testimony in cases regarding battery explosions, fires, chargers, design, sensors, etc.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Nickel metal hydride expert needed for a patent review regarding a nickel metal hydride battery.
  • Battery recycling expert needed for consulting on how a recycling plant processed work after a major fire.
  • Expert in Battery pack dimensional tolerances:
  • Automobile battery expert for consulting product failure and cause.
  • Expert for consulting on Gas emmitted from overcharged battery and resulting injuries from gas.
  • Expert for consulting on battery fire.
  • Lead acid battery expert for consulting on 17289 ryan living trust 12c0693 damage to sea ray vessel by fire.
  • Battery expert in new jersey for consulting on battery short.
  • Metallurgy expert for consulting on lead/acid car battery explosion.
  • Battery explosion expert for consulting on Flashlight battery explosion.
  • Battery expert for consulting on pacemaker battery issues.
  • Expert in lead acid batteries for consulting on the proper steps in charging a battery and to analyze the fault, if any of the laborer and the owner.
  • Expert for consulting on Class action proceeding in Kansas Federal court re: premature battery failure in consumer products.
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
to   Taiwan   Expert provided process and product consultation at a factory during five-week trips, with follow-up testing at BTC.
1999 to   China   He went on a one-month trip for consultation on design, processing, etc., to address concerns about quality by their major OEM customer.
to   Germany   Expert provided consultation and testing to develop a new battery process.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert can follow technical conversations and technical presentations. He can also read German.

Market Research:
He has done marketing and sales of services for CMRI/BTC and BTC, Inc. He has provided technical marketing support for all his previous employers.

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:

He has developed and presented courses to battery manufacturers, battery users, and government agencies. Clients include Microchip, PQ/PCIM, CSULB Annual Battery Conference, and the U.S. Navy Crane Division.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors in battery materials and processing equipment, battery testing equipment, chargers, and electronics. He has extensive contacts with surplus equipment dealers.


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