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 Expert  722151

Expert in Electrical & Magnetic Properties of Metal-Insulator Composites, Cermets, Carbon Black-Polymer Mixes

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is an experimental physicist with an expertise in the electrical properties of carbon black/polymer composites. She has experience with the measurement of thermophysical properties (thermopower, thermal conductivity) and transport properties (Hall Effect, Righi-Leduc Effect, Peltier Effect) of a variety of composite materials, semiconducting materials, and electrical conductors.

Expert also has technical expertise in hands-on electrical and optical characterization of materials, with special expertise in carbon-polymer composites and cermets (ceramic metals).

She has performed Hall Effect measurements on amorphous Ge/Si superlattices, GaAs-AlGaAs HEMT structures (Quantum Hall Effect), and granular metal films (cermets) near the percolation threshold. She has measured the electrical conductivity of doped polyacetylenes and a variety of carbon black-polymer composites which were part of the RCA capacitive video disc project. She developed an electrochromic cermet and measured its optical and electrical properties. She has measured the thermal conductivity of a variety of electronic materials, including pyrolytic boron nitride, graphite, and GaN.


condensed-matter physics


composite structure


polymer matrix composite


composite material electrical property


composite material optical property




ceramic electrical property

Expert has had extensive experience in preparing technical reports and proposals for many small businesses, with emphasis on the SBIR program. She regularly consults on the development and evaluation of technical proposals in her area of expertise.

SBIR grant writing


proposal writing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Fall River, Massachusetts;  Lynn, Massachusetts;  Quincy, Massachusetts;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1971   Ph.D.   Physics   Rutgers University  
  A.B.   Physics   Smith College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to




Basic Sciences Dept.




1998 to 1999





Instructor, Part-Time


1979 to 1985


GTE Laboratories


Corporate Research


Principal Member of Technical Staff


1973 to 1979


RCA Laboratories


Sarnoff Research Center


Technical Staff Member


1988 to 1989


National Science Foundation


Solid State and Microstructures Engineering


Program Director


She managed a budget of $7.6M in grants to individual investigators, engineering centers, and small businesses.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Physical Society, IEEE, and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 45 technical publications and six U.S. patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Applied Physics Letters  
 - Physical Review B  
 - Marcel Dekker, Inc.  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1988 to 1989   National Science Foundation   Program Director   Expert managed the Solid State and Microstructures program in the Engineering Directorate.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert did testing of electrical properties of carbon nanofibers for an energy storage device (capacitor).
  • She has also tested the electrical properties of conducting polymers for a non-metal fuse.
  • Expert prepares SBIR proposals for a wide range of projects. She is very familiar with the SBIR program and can advise on the preparation of proposals, including editing proposals, preparing proposals in consultation with the technical staff of the client, and preparing working outlines of proposals.
  • Expert has technical expertise in hands-on electrical and optical characterization of materials, with special expertise in carbon-polymer composites and cermets (ceramic metals). She is currently studying the electrical properties of carbon fiber/epoxy composites during cracking failure to develop early detection of cracking.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in 107680 for consulting on Looking to Extend the life of a ceramic housing on electromechanic pump.
  • Expert in zirconium-based oxygen sensor for consulting on design and performance optimization.
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 served as an expert witness on carbon black/polymer composites in a patent dispute.
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:
Other Skills and Services

Expert is currently co-Principal Investigator with Maurice A. Tivey on an NSF-funded research project which involves building and testing an instrument for determining the orientation of geological features on the seafloor. The proposed device uses new magnetic sensor technology and newly available optical communications technology using blue LED devices. The work is sponsored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

She is collaborating with Dr. Tivey on another project, supported in part by the NSF, involving the development of marine adhesives and markers for undersea use. This research takes the form of a one-semester elective laboratory engineering course for students at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Bristol Community College, and the Expert's Firm (MMA) in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


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