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Expert in Chemical Engineering

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Illinois (IL)
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Expert has been involved as consultant and technical expert in numerous cases involving patent infringement. An example is the landmark case between Dow Chemical and Allied-Signal on thin-film membranes for water treating. This resulted in a $30 million settlement for Allied-Signal. Other cases completed or active involve petrochemical processes, separation technology, catalysis, specialty chemical, polymeric resins, and specialty chemicals. Expert has been involved in preparing Markman hearings and affidavits/testimony concerning the interpretation of patent claims. He is also the author of seven U.S. patents.

Expert is an active consultant and expert witness in both patents and trade secrets. He has been the technical consultant on several cases involving the alleged theft of trade secrets related to petrochemical technology. He has experience in working with attorneys to define valid trade secret information. He is the author of seven U.S. patents and was a scientist/engineer at the Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon and Honeywell, where the generation of intellectual property--both patents and trade secrets--were the major activities.

Expert was involved in the design of novel processes at Corporate Research for Exxon and Honeywell. He has designed processes for acid gas purification, tar sands extraction, glucose purification, removal of fatty acids via supercritical extraction, and others. He also has taught process design at University of Illinois since 1992 and also done extensive consulting with chemical companies and national laboratories in the area of process design. He is the author of seven U.S. patents on novel process concepts.

Expert is very familiar with the chemical process industry, having worked at Corporate Research for both Exxon and Honeywell. In addition, he has consulted with numerous chemical companies since the founding of EWF Consulting, Inc. in 1992. He has also been involved in patent infringement and trade secret issues involving companies in the chemical process industries.

Expert has experience in the area of intellectual property, which includes both patents and trade secrets. He worked at Corporate Research of Exxon and Honeywell and is the author of seven U.S. patents and has directed research groups where the principal goal was the generation of intellectual property. As a consultant, he has served as consultant and expert witness for cases involving patent infringement and trade secret issues.

Expert has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of California Berkeley and has worked as a scientist/manager in both Exxon and Honeywell. Since 1992, he teaches chemical process design at University of Illinois. He is the author of six U.S. patents and over 60 publications in the field of chemical engineering.

Expert has a Ph. D in chemical engineering and has worked on developed of new chemical processes and optimization of existing ones for over 20 years. These include processes for heavy oils, shale, and tar sands. It also includes special processes for gas purification and the development of the new ozone-friendly refrigerants such as 134a. Expert has taught chemical processes at University of Illinois since 1992 and consults with various chemical companies on development of new processes.

Expert is experienced in the modeling of chemical processes using Chem CADS, and Hysis. He has worked on the modeling of chemical processes at corporate labs of Exxon and Honeywell. He has published numerous papers on both the computer and analytical modeling of processes. He has taught chemical process modeling at University of Illinois since 1992.


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Expert has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and worked on chemical processing at Exxon and Honeywell. Projects included better processes to purify natural gas, synthesis of new specialty compounds and polymer resins, fabrication of new films and membranes, recovery of oil from tar sands, and processes to produce novel adsorbents and catalysts. Expert teaches chemical processing at University of Illinois since 1992 and is an active consultant to companies involved in both small- and large-scale chemical processing.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  and Madison, Wisconsin.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   Ph.D.   Chemical Engineering   University of California, Berkeley  
1967   B.S.   Engineering Science   Yale University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to 2009


University of Illinois


Chemical Engineering


Adjunct Professor


Expert teaches courses in process design, unit operations laboratory, and thermodynamics. He also coordinates the industrial advisory board.

1982 to 1992


Honeywell International


Corporate Technology


Manager, Process Development


He was responsible for developing new process technology for the various business divisions within this diversified high-technology company. Much of the work involved petrochemicals, membranes and films, advanced materials, chemical intermediates, and advanced chemical engineering.

1973 to 1982


Exxon Research & Engineering


Corporate Research


Senior Research Engineer


Expert's research areas included petrochemicals, membranes, synthetic fuels, and advanced chemical engineering processes.

1970 to 1973


Ford Foundation





He was a consultant in Chile to the copper and nitrate industries and was also a Visiting Professor at Universidad Tecnica del Estado.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author of over 60 publications and seven U.S. patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Van Nostrand  
 - Vansant & Dewolfs, Elsevier  
 - Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fundamentals  
 - Energy Sources  
 - CRC Press Science  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1982 to 1987   DOE, Office of Industrial Programs   Research Manager   Expert worked on a contract to develop a new energy-efficient membrane technology for the petrochemical industry.
1993 to 1996   Los Alamos National Laboratory   Scientist   He worked on the development of a new technology to handle waste streams.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert worked with a major waste handling company on the development of a new technology for the recycling of aqueous cleaners.
  • He designed and managed the construction of a commercial unit for the production of high-purity nitrogen from air.
  • Expert worked with an international law firm on defining issues involving trade secrets.
  • He gave depositions in law cases involving chemical engineering technology.
  • Expert provided technical support in several cases involving potential patent infringement.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Mercury Removal from Natural Gas.
  • Expert in coolant manufacturing for consulting on construction requirements, and rough costs for a 20 million lbHFC 134a production plant.
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 given four depositions over the last four years and has written numerous expert reports. He has been accepted by State courts for two trials in 2005.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Nickel metal hydride expert needed for a patent review regarding a nickel metal hydride battery.
  • Expert in polymers.
  • Solvent extraction expert for consulting on litigation involving new plant construction.
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
1971 to 1973   Chile   Expert consulted on technology for the production/mining of copper and sodium nitrate.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert worked three years in Chile. He can speak, read, and write Spanish and is able to function smoothly in business situations.
Italian   He has a basic working knowledge in non-complex situations; he can speak, read, and write the language.


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