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 Expert  721801

Expert in Total System Chemical Consulting; Cross-Discipline Skills--R&D Through Plant Production

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
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Expert has extensive experience with chemical plant troubleshooting based upon his cross-discipline training and experience. He feels it is important to first isolate the area in which the problem exists. This may require the use of a team of specific experts from plant design through production and shipping. This is generally not available for small companies and may be awkward and costly for a large company. Expert is able to look across the disciplines and concentrate on the area where the problem probably exists, as well as frequently contributing to the specific solution. His troubleshooting skills are a result of his training and experience.

When Expert was obtaining his Ph.D. in organic chemistry, he used his synthetic, theoretical, and analytical skills.

In his work experience prior to his employment at SACHEM, Expert was involved with the electrochemical smelting of aluminum and chemical refining of the bauxite ore and surfactant synthesis and evaluation. During the rest of his professional career, he developed his cross-discipline training.

He developed R & D processes and techniques; provided technical support and trouble shooting to the main production department at the second location; and applied statistical analysis to plant and lab processes. He also provided customer support by visiting customer sites and traveled with marketing.

Expert also co-designed and developed a commercial electrochemical process; built the first electrochemical production unit including operating the pilot and commercial unit; participated in the transfer of technology to a new plant constructed at a second location; made substantial design changes to a second electrochemical production process; and developed and carried out necessary analytical procedures, including specifying and buying state of the art equipment.

He was involved in providing high purity chemicals to the electronics industry and handled quaternary ammonium salts including hydroxides and phase transfer catalysts.


chemical plant troubleshooting

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Antonio, Texas;  Austin, Texas;  Waco, Texas;  Killeen, Texas;  Round Rock, Texas;  and Temple, Texas.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1969   Ph.D.   Physical Organic Chemistry   University of Texas at Austin   3.8 GPA, plus miscellaneous awards
1964   B.S.   Chemistry   University of Texas at Austin   3.8 GPA, plus miscellaneous awards
1961   Assoc. Arts.   Science and Math   Victoria College (Victoria, TX)   3.8 GPA, plus miscellaneous awards

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1971 to 1999






Mgr. Basic Chemicals R&D


Expert was responsible for synthesis and analytical R&D, pilot demonstration, trouble shooting on the production level, and customer support. In addition to conventional chemistry, two electrochemical processes were initiated and brought to production, one of which is currently producing material used in the electronics industry with metal contents at the ppt level. He led the team that was responsible for providing analytical support for that process that culminated in the installation of an ICP-MS in a clean room. His most recent duties were providing technical support to SACHEM's main production facility. When Expert started with SACHEM, he was one of eight employees. At the time of his retirement, total employees approached 100.

1975 to 1976


St. Edward's University


Chemistry Department


Part time faculty


He taught undergraduate organic chemistry lecture and lab during the year long absence of a regular faculty member.

1969 to 1971


Jefferson Chemical (presently Huntsman)


Applied Research


Surfactant R&D


He was responsible for synthesizing and evaluating new surfactants using "in house" petroleum feed stocks.

Career Accomplishments:

He is presently a member of the American Chemical Society and a past member of the Electrochemical Society.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has three patents from Jefferson Chemical and six from SACHEM. Most of the time at SACHEM his work was proprietary and patents were not sought.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • After retiring from SACHEM in 1999, he spent a year providing technical assistance (four days/month) to the production department at SACHEM's main plant. Troubleshooting and process optimization were the main activities.
  • During calendar year 2000, Expert provided chemical consulting for a machine shop and setting up a chemical passivation system for medical tools and human orthopedic replacement parts.
  • After SACHEM sold several small parts of its business to another specialty chemical company, he traveled to their site and assisted in the transfer of technical data and setting up a polarographic analysis for the product.
  • While employed at SACHEM, he provided customer support. Expert flew to a customer's site and found the source of analytical variation in their primary assay of SACHEM's product.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in artel MVS for consulting on aqueous-based solutions.
  • Expert in medical surfactant for consulting on identifying appropriate surfactants for a medical device.
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:
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
1989 to 1989   Korea & Japan   He supported sales/marketing by visiting existing, and potentially new, customers.
1985 to 1985   England   He was part of a two man team sent to investigate becoming the U.S. representative for selling an electrochemical cell.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   He reads technical German slowly and has only limited speaking skills. However, his daughter is a skilled German teacher with half a dozen trips to Germany.
Spanish   He is very limited in both reading and speaking.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has prepared in-house seminars for non-technical operators and staff, introducing them to chemistry and chemical concepts that they need in performing their job. He welcomes the opportunity to provide more instruction and teaching venues.

Other Skills and Services

A broad based mechanical background coupled with the technical training provides a combination that allows for cross-discipline understanding in the chemical industry. For example, he actually built the first electrocemical production cell in his garage for a process he co-developed.


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