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 Expert  722072

Expert in Fluorine and Silicon Organic Chemical Process Engineering Applications at the Lab and Plant Scale

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert's 20 years of experience in the Process Engineering Department of Dow Corning Corporation was directed at process technology development and implementation. The development effort encompassed the process idea through thermodynamic studies and lab kinetic studies to get basic reactor design criteria and later conducting pilot scale-up runs, when necessary. The implementation effort covered safely running the new production-scale process to prove its design capability, and later turning the resulting successful process over to the production staff. Both batch and continuous processes were implemented for highly exothermic processes. A few of the processes were implemented at sites outside of the U.S.

His career activities have focused on using his fundamental organic chemistry knowledge toward R&D into applied organic chemistry and chemical reaction engineering. The Dow Corning Corporation process targets were mainly organosilicon intermediates, also known as silanes. In that capacity, much of his process development activity was directed at silane chemistry applications, largely in the form of addition reaction catalysis, using primarily heterogeneous catalysts. Expert also studied other organometallic processes and those involving handling reactive alkali metals and alkaline earth metals where he acquired much scale-up experience.

In addition to organosilicon processes, Expert's experience also encompasses processes to produce certain alkyl halides as building blocks for producing the desired organofluorine olefin compounds. The latter are useful as reactants with certain silanes to produce important fluorosilicone fuel-resistant materials. As such, his studies have covered various free radical processes to produce organochlorine compounds and, subsequently, various thermal and fluidized bed, vapor-phase fluorination processes using anhydrous HF to produce the organofluorine compounds.

His studies covered the breadth of processes involving organochlorine chemistry through chlorofluorocarbon chemistry to organofluorine chemistry. Expert acquired much experiential knowledge of various analytical techniques to characterize these halogenated materials, with and without silicon present, and later that knowledge aided his process problem-solving capabilities to tackle process problems that occasionally arose in R&D or in plant production-scale operations.


process technology


process engineering


chemical reactor scale-up


pilot plant scale-up


chemical reaction engineering


addition reaction catalysis


organosilicon chemistry


applied organic chemistry


silane compound


alkyl halide


organochlorine chemistry


chlorofluorocarbon chemistry


organofluorine chemistry

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Grand Rapids, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Troy, Michigan;  and Southfield, Michigan.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   Ph.D.   Organic Chemistry   Ohio State University  
1966   M.S.   Organic Chemistry   Ohio State University  
1963   B.S.   Organic Chemistry   Case Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to





Independent Consultant


1963 to 2001


Dow Corning Corporation


Process Engineering


Engineering Scientist


Expert held various organofluorine and organosilicon product R&D positions in his nearly 40 years with Dow. His last 20 years were spent in process R&D developing and scaling up new global processes.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert wrote two book chapters in Kirk Othmer's Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology on organofluorine and on organosilicon compounds. He holds six chemical process patents and has written eight technical publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Kirk Othmer's Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has lead and personally conducted a variety of process development projects from lab-scale to plant-scale in U.S. and non-U.S. sites. He has safely dealt with difficult separations and particularly hazardous materials.
  • Dow Corning promoted him to Engineering Scientist status (one of eight) to recognize his mentoring and leadership of people and projects.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Silicon needed.
  • Expert in artel MVS for consulting on aqueous-based solutions.
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 was an expert witness on a patent infringement case in federal court which was won.
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
1990 to 1991   Chiba, Japan   He assessed silane intermediate processes and recommended how to proceed into the future for global supply growth.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert can read German.
Russian   He can read Russian.

Market Research:
He helps teams of marketing and business groups to select which intermediates to sell and which ones to use exclusively internally.

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 provides chemistry training for non-chemists.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert is adept at assisting with the selection and qualification of multi-million dollar raw materials suppliers.

Other Skills and Services

Expert was a lead recruiter at Ohio State University. He also recruited technical candidates from Syracuse University, Cornell, and RPI.


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