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 Expert  722688

Expert in Polymer & Composite Materials Science, Modeling, Structure-Property Relations, Technology Assessment

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

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

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Expert has two decades of experience as a researcher on structure-processing-morphology-property-performance relationships in polymers (plastics, elastomers/rubbers, thermosets) and composites. He is considered by many researchers to be the world's foremost authority on quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPR) in polymers. He is the author of the best-selling book "Prediction of Polymer Properties" which is now in its revised and expanded third edition. He is the developer of the SYNTHIA software program implementing the methods developed in this book. SYNTHIA is used worldwide and has become a plastics "industry standard" software tool for the rapid prediction of polymer properties from their chemical structures. He performs ongoing work to develop new and more powerful polymer property prediction and database search software tools.

He has expertise in composites where the matrix material is a polymer (which can be amorphous or semicrystalline). His expertise encompasses both conventional composites and "nanocomposites". (Nanocomposites are composites designed for use in applications requiring extreme or unique performance characteristics; by “tailoring” the composition, morphology and properties at the nanometer length scale.) His expertise in composites includes the modeling and prediction of physical and mechanical properties, the selection of composite component materials and optimum formulations for obtaining the desired properties, troubleshooting (helping to answer questions such as "why does this composite not perform as expected?"), and the conception of approaches to improve properties and performance characteristics.

He has special strength and an international reputation in the understanding and prediction of structure-processing-morphology-property-performance relationships in polymers (thermoplastics, thermosets, and rubbers/elastomers); and in their blends, foams, films, coatings, and composites; and of the practical product and process implications of these complex relationships. This expertise is based on a deep understanding of the fundamental physics of materials so that it is not limited to specific classes of polymers but instead capable of addressing problems over the full range of industrial polymers. Expert worked for 18 years in a major industrial R&D lab focused on polymer research. A significant fraction of his time was spent in new polymer or composite product design and development projects. His current consulting practice includes, as one of its main focus areas, helping clients with their new product research and development needs and challenges.

The depth and breadth of his expertise in polymer properties, as described in the above paragraph, has been put to practical use during nearly two decades of industrial R&D that involved many polymer design, polymer selection, and composite design problems. Polymers he has worked with have included thermoplastics (both commodity plastics and engineering plastics), rubbers/elastomers, and thermosets. This area is a major part of his ongoing consulting practice.


plastic material property


plastic failure


plastic optical property


plastic physical property


elastomer mechanical property


elastomer property


engineering plastic property


elastomer modulus of elasticity


quantitative structure-property relationship


composite material mechanical property




composite material selection


plastic material


new product design


amorphous plastic


crystalline polymer


thermoplastic material selection


engineering plastic


engineering thermoplastic


extruded plastic


injection molded plastic


polymer selection


elastomer selection


composite material science

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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.

Often requested
with this expert:

Polymeric Materials
Bonding, Adhesion: Belt, Tire, Hose, Adhesive Failure...
Plastics and Polymer Additives
PVC Formulating, Compounding, Extrusion, Testing, Product...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1979   Ph.D.   Physics (Chemical Physics focus)   Harvard University   Francis Lee Freidman Scholarship Award
1974   B.A. and M.S.   Chemistry (with minor in Physics)   Northwestern University   Combined B.A./M.S. honors program, Lewis H. Sarrett Scholarship Award, Phi Beta Kappa

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to





President and Lead Consultant


Expert founded and leads this firm, which offers the services of several consulting associates and two major laboratories in addition to his own consulting expertise. His time is divided between running the firm's business and providing his own consulting expertise to clients.

1986 to 2004


The Dow Chemical Company


Corporate R&D (recently renamed to Core R&D)


Various titles corresponding to advancing rank in R&D over 18 years


He worked in the Corporate R&D (CR&D) organization of The Dow Chemical Company, in Midland, Michigan, from 1986 to 2004, with increasing responsibilities and advancement up the technical career ladder culminating in the senior technical leadership rank of “Scientist”. His work was also recognized within Dow Chemical with many internal awards, including a Special Achievement Award and five Special Recognition Awards. During his years at Dow Chemical, he was involved both in hands-on research and in technical leadership, focused on polymers and composite materials.

1982 to 1986


Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.




Senior Research Scientist


He worked on amorphous inorganic materials for photovoltaic, electrical, and optical switching, and hydrogen storage applications.

1981 to 1982


University of California at Berkeley




Postdoctoral Research Associate


He performed research in theoretical and computational chemistry.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Physical Society (elected Fellow in 1996), the American Chemical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

Professional Appointments

He holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the College of Technology of Eastern Michigan University. He was an Editorial Advisor to Marcel Dekker, Inc., for more than a decade. He was on the Editorial Board of Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science. He is currently on the editorial boards of both Journal of Macromolecular Science - Polymer Reviews and Soft Materials.


Expert received many internal awards while at The Dow Chemical Company, including the very prestigious Special Achievement Award. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is best known for his book "Prediction of Polymer Properties" and for the commercial SYNTHIA software program that implements the new predictive techniques described in this book. He has also edited a conference proceedings volume on amorphous materials and another book on the computational modeling of polymers, and authored more than 60 scientific articles (mostly on polymers). He has three pending patent applications. During his 18 years at Dow Chemical he authored over 170 internal reports covering work in many different areas of polymer and composite science and technology. He also wrote many successful proposals for the funding of work at CR&D by various product departments.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Marcel Dekker  
 - Journal of Macromolecular Science  
 - Advanced Materials  
 - Polymeric Foams: Mechanisms and Materials, CRC Press  
 - Society of Plastics Engineers  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1979 to 1981   Turkish Air Force   Technical Translator   He performed military service as an active reserve officer in his native country, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in New robotic arm component design of large hydraulic arm.
  • Plastic materials expert for consulting on Material Selection for new joystick design.
  • Expert in tougheners for polyesters.
  • Expert for consulting on Thermal Blank project
  • Expert for consulting on Recomendations to improve polyurethane process.
  • PLA plastic expert for consulting on Inquiry.
  • Material science expert of Michigan for consulting on Material Science.
  • Rubber expert for consulting on strength of natural rubber based membrane.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Thermoplastics Expert needed for consultation regarding material properties of thermoplastics.
  • Expert in polymer material engineering for litigation involving exercise/fitness ball explosion.
  • Plastic container expert witness for consulting on appropriate thickness and design of plastic containers container wood stripping liquids.
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.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Turkish   Expert's native language is Turkish, which he speaks, reads, and writes extremely well. He is also able to understand, upon reading or hearing, some of the closely related Central Asian languages of the Turkic language family.
French   He had once learned to read French very well, and he also had significant proficiency in speaking and writing it, many years ago. He has lost his proficiency in speaking and writing as a result of the lack of opportunities to practice, but he can still understand what he reads.

Market Research:
He developed and helped commercialize (through a licensing agreement) the SYNTHIA software program while he worked at Dow Chemical. As the President of Expert's Firm, his work now includes marketing the services of his firm. This new responsibility has provided him with significant experience and information on how to market the services and products of a small startup company.

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:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He did a significant amount of work in selecting materials modeling software products and vendors at Dow Chemical. He was also the liaison of Dow Chemical to its main materials modeling software supplier for three years. His present consulting practice includes polymer and composite materials selection for specific applications and the identification of vendors of the selected materials.

Other Skills and Services

His expertise in technology assessment involves the identification of what is really important in vast amounts of information; development of sound strategic and tactical recommendations; and presentation of the findings both in writing (in the form of evaluation reports) and orally in a thorough, effective, and timely manner. Examples of past work of this type include studies on the science and technology of carbon nanotubes, nanocomposites, dendrimers, biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates), oleochemicals, and “smart materials.” His focus is on using his depth and breadth of technical knowledge to assess the probability of technical success. He enjoys teaming with colleagues who can provide complementary expertise in market opportunity assessment to complete the evaluation of opportunities that appear to have a high probability of technical success.

Expert also has more than two decades of successful materials R&D experience in industry, involving both hands-on research and technical leadership. Helping clients surmount their product R&D challenges (in partnership with a major product development and manufacturing laboratory) is one of the major services offered in his current consulting practice.


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