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 Expert  716794

Expert in Coal Science and Engineering

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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He has spent most of his career on research, development, science, and engineering of coal and coal systems including coal beneficiation, grinding, cleaning, desulfurization, liquefaction, pyrolysis, combustion and characterization. He has also worked on development of coal combustion byproduct utilization such as using fly-ash from coal combustion to make fired bricks and gypsum from flue gas desulfurization to make ammonium sulfate fertilizer and calcium carbonate. He developed a 50 lb per hour coal hydrogenation reactor to convert coal to liquids. He also developed a unique coal beneficiation process to remove mineral matter from coal. He managed research in all aspects of coal science and engineering both by sponsoring research as a provider of research grants and as a supervisor of 20 scientists and engineers.

bituminous coal


clean coal




coal (fuel)


coal beneficiation


coal combustion


coal desulfurization


coal science


coal processing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Peoria, Illinois;  Springfield, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Decatur, Illinois;  Champaign, Illinois;  Bloomington, Illinois;  Terre Haute, Indiana;  and Lafayette, Indiana.

Often requested
with this expert:

Coal Combustion, Fossil Fuel Combustion, Biomass...
Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering:...
SO2, H2S, & CO2 Removal
Oil, Gas, Petrochemicals and Renewable Fuels & Chemicals,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   Ph.D.   Fuels Engineering   University of Utah  
1968   BS   Physics   University of Utah  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to 1999


Illinois State Geological Survey


Minerals Engineering Section


Section Head


He took care of the administrative, and scientific needs of a section of about 20 engineers, scientists, and technicians. He wrote proposals to gain funding to keep the section funded.

1984 to 1989


Center for Research on Sulfur in Coal



Assistant Director


Administering State and Federal research grants of $1.5 million to $5 million including proposal solicitation, peer review of proposals, funding of projects, managing research projects and review of results.

1979 to 1984


Battelle Northwest Laboratories


Materials Science


Senior Research Scientist


Management of coal and nuclear engineering projects.

1968 to 1979


University of Utah


Department of Mining, Metalurgical and Fuels Engineering


Fuels Engineer


Building and operating a 50 lb per hour coal hydrogenation reactor at 2000 psig and reporting the results.

1963 to 1968


Litton Industries


Guidance and Control Systems


Electronic Technician


Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry and is a Charter member of the Rocky Mountain Fuel Society.

Professional Appointments

He is a reviewer for the Journal Fuel Processing Tecnology. He reviewed the books "Processing and Utilization of High Sulfer Coals" (1985), "Coal Products in Eastern Europe" (1990)and "Chlorine in Coal" (1993). He was a peer reviewer for proposals submitted under the Small Business Innovative Research program, Department of Energy.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has written over 28 articles for various journals, 31 reports, and 29 abstracts or presentations at meetings and conferences. He also has two patents:

Internal Combustion Engine with Gas Synthesizer, US Patent 4,282,835, August 11, 1981; and

Method of Generating Electricity Using an Endothermic Coal Gasifier and MHD Generator, US Patent 4,345,173, August 17, 1982.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Presented at the International Technical Conference on Coal Utilization & Fuel Systems  
 - American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Meeting in Fuel Division Symposium  
 - Paper presented to Pittcon  
 - Prepr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem  

Government Experience:
Agency   Role   Description
Department of Energy   Proposal Reviewer   He was a peer reviewer for the Small Business Inovative Research program.
Illinois State Geological Survey   Various committees   He has participated in the following ISGS Committee activities: Intellectual Properties Rights Committee, Secretary; Subcommittee on High-Surface-Area Hydrated Lime, Chair; Subcommittee on Evaluation of the Final Report for the Carbobn Monoxide/Ethanol project; Illinois Basin Coal Sample Program Advisory Committee, non-voting; Ad-hoc committee for the Review of Grants and Contracts Procedures, Member; Ad-hoc committee to develop input to ENR's 3-year and 10-year plan for coal research, Chair; Chief's Implementation Committee 1997-98.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He helped a client plan, write a proposal, and manage a project to use fly ash from coal combustion in fired bricks.
  • He helped a client complete a project to use gypsum from a flue gas desulfurization scrubber to produce amonium sulfate fertilizer and calcium carbonate.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Diatomaceous Earth Mine.
  • Expert in CaCO3 Sector.
  • Expert in biomass boiler for consulting on operations for highest efficiency and lowest emissions while solving material handling issues.
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Respiratory system expert for consulting on the health risks of periodic human exposure to coal dust in a residential setting.
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