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 Expert  722570

Expert in Absorbent Materials and Systems for Personal Hygiene

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Wisconsin (WI)
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Expert is the inventor and co-inventor of some of the industry-changing patents in superabsorbent polymers. Examples include those covering the ability of superabsorbent polymer to absorb under load (AUL) and expand the absorbent structure due to properly specifying the particle size relative to the pore structure of the containing structure. He has worked with almost all of the superabsorbent suppliers in the industry including Dow, Stockhausen (deGussa), BASF (Hoerchst Celanese, Clariant, Chemdahl), SanDia (Sanyo, Mitsubishi), and Sumitomo Seika.

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Expert has over 28 years of experience working in diaper and associated research and development areas for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a premier consumer products company. Although his specialty is absorbent materials, systems, and their application in absorbent products, he also is knowledgeable in fastening systems, outer cover and body side liner, elastomerics, manufacturing/converting processes (especially those dealing with superabsorbent and pulp converting), market research testing, and intellectual property management. Many of the 15 U.S. patents issued and the 13 patent applications (seven published) testify to his creativity and knowledge in these areas.

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In almost all of Expert's 37 years working for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, he has worked in and established himself as one of the premier experts in absorbent materials. Examples of his experience range from determining fiber furnish, establishing bond patterns, and developing the fiberizing, air-laying and bonding process for light weight air-laid tissue; establishing acceptable amounts of inferior (less expensive) fluff pulp and reclaim diaper waste; absorbent wrapsheet properties; internal bonding to structure the absorbent core; choosing the superabsorbent; inventing new superabsorbent properties; working with vendors to produce the superabsorbent and establishing novel ways of blending superabsorbent and fluff fiber for diapers; conceiving and developing novel absorbent systems combining nonwoven technologies with superabsorbent including in-situ polymerized superabsorbent; and protecting the inventions with numerous U.S. and worldwide patents.

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Expert's expertise is recognized globally as well as within Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he first started working with superabsorbent (also known as xerogel or hydrogel) material in 1977. His expertise ranges from knowing critical superabsorbent polymer properties, evaluation/testing techniques, alternative chemistries to achieve properties, and how to combine superabsorbents with other raw materials to make more effective absorbent systems for use in personal care products. This expertise includes not only combining superabsorbent and/or superabsorbent precursor materials with fluff pulp but also various nonwoven processes including bonded carded webs, spunbond webs and meltblown webs.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  Madison, Wisconsin;  Green Bay, Wisconsin;  Appleton, Wisconsin;  Waukesha, Wisconsin;  Oshkosh, Wisconsin;  and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Baby Diapers, Non-Woven, Absorbent Products, Films, Wipes,...
Absorbent Technology
Specialty Polymers and Fibers
Diaper Industry, Diaper Design, Diaper Testing, Diaper...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1980   none   Graduate level math, physics & chemistry   UW-Oshkosh & Institute of Paper Chemistry  
1967   B.S.   Math (Physics minor)   Northern Illinois University   Sigma Zeta Honor Society

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1967 to 2003


Kimberly-Clark Corporation


Absorbent Core Development


Final Position: Technical Leader II (Research Fellow)


In roughly reverse order during his 37 years with Kimberly-Clark Expert has spearheaded efforts to search, assess, and do initial development of new absorbent technologies. He has worked with attorneys and colleagues to write, prosecute, and defend his and others' patents including providing technical assistance to defend against others' litigations. He led the technical aspects of the global use of superabsorbents working with affiliates and international superabsorbent vendors. He developed improvements in superabsorbent properties (the patents for which have made him globally known) and worked with vendors and K-C diaper manufacturing sites to commercialize them.

Career Accomplishments:

While at K-C he received two financial Distinguished Performance Awards and 14 Letters of Commendation from corporate officers for research and development efforts.

Publications and Patents Summary

Working with attorneys he has authored over 20 patent applications and assisted other scientists in improving their applications. He has 15 issued U.S. patents (three recognized as highly critical to K-C), 13 U.S. patents pending, numerous international patents, and one article published.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has been the go to person within his former company regarding all questions dealing with absorbent materials testing, specifying, problem solving, and legal issues.
  • He spent about four years as the main technical contact for all international affiliates regarding use of superabsorbent materials.
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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:
For his employer, Expert has provided deposed legal testimony a number of times regarding absorbency. Several of the cases were found in favor of the employer.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on use of adult diapers.
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
1994 to 2000   UK, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Israel, Spain, Australia, Thailand, S. Korea, Taiwan, S. America   Expert provided on-site consulting to affiliates and vendors in these and other countries during one-day to one-week stays.

Market Research:
He was instrumental in developing the absorbent system in Huggies® Supertrim diapers and improvements leading to introduction to Ultratrim diapers. His efforts included materials, product, and process development along with marketing research.

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 gave numerous seminars on absorbency-related subjects during his 37 years employment.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert was instrumental in locating, evaluating, and specifying superabsorbent suppliers both domestically and internationally. In the past he also played a significant roll dealing with fluffing pulp suppliers on technology issues.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has also spent time looking for new technologies for use in absorbent products. In addition, he has studied other companies' patent art and has provided technological expertise on how to deal with them.


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