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 Expert  722299

Expert in Plastics; Plastic Failure Analysis: Consulting and Expert Witness

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

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

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Leading expert on the failure of plastic piping including CPVC, PVC, and PEX.

crosslinked polyethylene tubing


polyvinyl chloride


plastic pipe


chlorinated polyvinyl chloride

Globally renowned expert in styrene polymerization and polystyrene

styrene bulk polymerization

Have extensive experience conducting failure analysis of plastic and composite parts. Have served as an expert witness in about 200 litigations.

composite failure analysis


forensic materials failure analysis


failure analysis

Expert on the manufacture of polycarbonate, the degradation of polycarbonate, and also on the failure of polycarbonate parts.

bisphenol A polycarbonate

Expert in the aging and degradation of plastics.

polymer degradation


chemical degradation

Expert in the failure of plastic parts due to defective design.

finite element analysis


plastic component design

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
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.

Often requested
with this expert:

Plastic Pipe and Piping Materials, Polyethylene, Product...
Plastics Selection, Design, Compound, Processing, Testing,...
Polymer Foam Process & Materials
Plastic and Coating Stabilization; Controlled Degradation...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1971   Ph.D.   Organic Chemistry   Michigan State University  
1966   B.A.   Chemistry   Olivet College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to




Plastics Consulting/Technical Manuscript Preparation


Chief Scientist


Expert provides advice on polymer related projects, conducts failure analysis on plastics, and serves as an expert witness for litigations involving plastics.

1987 to




Macromolecular Science and Engineering


Adjunct Professor


He directs graduate research projects.

1971 to 2001


Dow Chemical






During his 30 years at Dow Chemical, served as a technical expert; helped initiate and drive new ideas through to commercialization; assessed polymer-related projects and offered advice; managed Dow sponsored research projects at universities; and, helped manage intellectual assets for Dow's styrenic polymer businesses.

1992 to 1999


Michigan Technological University




Adjunct Professor


He directs graduate research projects.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of ACS, SPE. IAPMO.


Expert was nominated to receive the International Scientist of the Year Award (2005). He received the Dow Polystyrene Business Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Excellence in Science Award, and the PMSE Fellowship. In 2001 Expert was also made Fellow of the Polymeric Materials Division of the American Chemical Society for his key accomplishments in polymer chemistry.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author or coauthor of over 60 U.S. patents, over 100 publications in scientific journals, three encyclopedia articles, and one book.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Subrogator  
 - Plastic Engineering  
 - Society of Plastic Engineers ANTEC Proceedings  
 - Materials Engineering & Technology  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has conducted a multitude of forensic failure analysis investigations on the failure of plastic parts and is considered to be the foremost expert on the failure of CPVC and PVC pipes. He is currently consulting with several companies on the causes of failure of plastics.
  • He is advising a company on the application of controlled radical polymerization for making novel block copolymers.
  • Expert is helping a company acquire new plastic additive technology.
  • Expert evaluates the reliability of CPVC fire sprinkler piping systems and offers advice on remediation of failing piping systems
Recent Client Requests:
  • Polycarbonate expert for consulting on Polycarbonate Processing and effects of caustic and UV exposure.
  • Expert for consulting on Qualification of Polystyrene Material.
  • Expert for consulting on CPVC
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 as an expert witness in plastic failure, doing forensic analysis of the failure mechanisms of plastic materials.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in toilet supply line and water damage.
  • Expert in failure of plastic Jackson-Pratt drain after surgery.
  • Expert in plastics for consulting on plastic storage bag system failure.
  • Plastic resin chemistry expert for consulting on whether plastic parts were manufactured within industry standard.
  • Expert in Blow molding, resin usage, effect of anti-satatic additive on melt point in litigation case involving powder ignition.
  • Medical device expert for consulting on CT scan.
  • Expert in plastics for litigation involving contaminated plastic landscaping pipes.
  • Expert for consulting on PVC discoloration due to photo catalytic reaction.
  • Expert in FDAcompliance food packaging.
  • Blow molding expert for consulting on injection-blow molding.
  • PVC pipe expert witness for consulting on failure of CPVC pipe in mixed CPVC and steel system.
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:

He has taught classes and/or seminars on: free radical polymerization chemistry; polymer analysis; and, polystyrene.


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