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 Expert  722844

Expert in Coal Combustion, Fossil Fuel Combustion, Biomass Combustion, Pollution Control, Renewable Energy

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Virginia (VA)
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Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert has over 30 years experience in the fields of combustion, air & water pollution control, and renewable energy. Within combustion he has particular expertise with coal, fossil fuels, and biomass. He has experience in both industry as well as researching as a professor. Recently he has been consulting on energy efficiency, deposition and heat transfer, use and performance of coal and fossil fuels, use and performance of biomass fuels, air pollution control, water pollution control, and renewable energy systems. He can help prepare proposals, is conscious of budgetary needs and can prepare written reports in on the results. He also has experience with preparing for and meeting the needs of the DOE for proposals and research programs.

air pollution


air pollution control






coal (fuel)


coal analysis


coal combustion


coal furnace




combustion system


gas product


industrial chemical


industrial gas


natural gas


nitrogen oxide




solid-waste management


coal science


coal processing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland;  Frederick, Maryland;  Gaithersburg, Maryland;  Bowie, Maryland;  Richmond, Virginia;  Alexandria, Virginia;  Wilmington, Delaware;  and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Boiler Combustion, Boiler Air Pollution Control, Utility...
Coal Science and Engineering
Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Energy Conversion Systems...
Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering:...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1976   Sc.D.   Chemical Engineering   MIT  
1973   S.M.   Chemical Engineeering   MIT  
1966   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of California, Berkeley  
1964   A.A.   Engineering   Sacramento City College   Outstanding Graduating Athlete

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to 2005


Energy International





Obtain contracts and solve problems related to combustion, fuels specifications (coal, oil, biomass, and blends). Consult on air, water, and solid waste pollution.

2002 to 2004


Virginia Tech


ME and MME


Research Professor


Prepare proposals perform work, manage budget, schedule, and report.

1996 to 2002


University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


ChE, Black Coal Research Utilization


Professor and Director


Prepare proposals, supervise research work on black coal combustion and pollution control.

1990 to 1992


WJ Schafer and Associates




Senior Scientist


Prepare proposals, supervise and perform research on combustion and pollution control problems.

1987 to 1990


Energy Systems Associates (ESA)


Research and Development


Director of R&D


Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and polltion control.

1981 to 1986


Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (EER)


Fossil Fuel




Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and pollution control.

1976 to 1981


Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore




Member of Technical Staff


Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and polltion control. Review DOE proposals and advise DOE on programs.

1966 to 1970


du PontCompany


Engineering Service Division




Develop products and process for nylon, TiO2, Industrial and Biological Chemicals, polyvinyl alcohol

Career Accomplishments:

ACS (Fuels Divisions); ASME (Corrosion and Deposit Committee); International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF), AFRC Combustion Institute

Professional Appointments

ASME Corrosion and Committee; Australian Institute of Energy Fellow, Brisbane chairman CI Program subcommittee


EPA 1987 Technical Achievemnet Award for work on Flares; Energy Committee Taiwan Best energy projects: 1991; Coal Evaluation, 1993 Low NOx Burner; Listed in Who's Who, in Australia, the world and ect., Science and Engineering, and Finance and Industry,

Publications and Patents Summary

Author of 1 book on coal testing methods, 5 patents, over 160 technical publications on combustions and pollution control.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Australian Coal Association Research Programs  
 - AFRC-JEFC Joint International Combustion Symposium  
 - Environmental Engineering Science  
 - Annual Conference of Chemical Engineering  
 - Fuel  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1976 to 1981   DOE   Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Labortories, Livermore   Prepare proposals, perform, monitor budgets and schedules, and report research on combustion and pollution control. Review DOE proposals, advcise DOE on research programs.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Designed equipment and quantatively measured slagging and fouling at a number of boilers in Australia and the USA.
  • Field tested low NOx systems for furnaces and boilers. These included staged combustion, low NOx burners,reburning, and use of separated air.
  • Collected Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) samples from several mines, determined the mechanism of correct of AMD using Red Mud (alumina waste), developed treatment technique and demonstrated the effectivness of treatment at an abandoned gold mine in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Measured N species profiles in a number of operating coal-fired boilers and used these values in verification trials of CFD models of NOx formation.
  • Analyzed deposits samples using Scanning Electron Microsopy (SEM) using Microprobe Analysis (MPA) to measure the elemental composition. Used these values with phase diagrams to indentify the deposition problem and the effect of several additives to correct the problem.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Combustion expert for consulting on Coal Combustion.
  • Expert in flue gas for consulting on diesel power plant cleaning system.
  • Expert in biomass boiler for consulting on operations for highest efficiency and lowest emissions while solving material handling issues.
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 prepared a brief for a case of severe burns in Australia. The brief helped to settle the suit out of court
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Boiler failure lead to death of employee trying to investigate the problem.
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
1996 to 2002   Queensland, Australia   Expert was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Black Coal Utlization Research Unit at the University of Queensland. In this position he proposed and did research on forming a representative bank of Australia coal for research, investigated the effect of blended coals on performance, the cause and relieve of slagging at a coal-fired boiler, measured the individual burning rates of 100 u coal maceral particles, completed measurements of nitrogen species Prepare proposals, supervise research, monitor budgets and schedule, and prepare reports on combustion and pollution control profile using FTIR in an operating coal boiler for comparison with results from CFD models, Measured the devolatilization, burning rate, and gas composition of sugar cane bagasse, Compared empirical relation to predict NOx from coal N, investigated the mechanism of dioxin formation in an oil shale kiln, investigated the flow patterns in a bagasse-fired furnace, investigated the use of a Integrated Combined Cycle Gasification (ICCG) plant to burn sugar cane bagasse generate electricity
1993 to 1993   Japan   Reviewed with the US EPA technology for reburning systems to control NOx and use of Municipal Waste Incinerators.
1978 to 1978   Nothern Europe, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Sweden, UK   Expert reviewed work on coal research for the DOE.
1988 to 1992   Taiwan   Designed and commissioned a coal evaluation furnace, developed a low NOx burner latered demonstrated to operate below 6 ppm NO and 0 ppm CO in the USA, investigated a low NOx natural Draft burner.
1978 to 1978   Kent, England   Expert consulted for Blue Circle Cement on Co formation in kilns, and problems feeding and importing coal.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German, Spanish, Mandrin   Expert can communicate, but is not proficient in many languages of the countries he has worked in.

Market Research:
Expert's marketing experience has been limited to marking research and product development ideas.

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:

Expert has presented over 12 training seminars. He has presented seminar on Combustion, slagging and Fouling in Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Taiwan, and the USA.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has selected vendors for the construction of boilers, furnaces, and turbines.


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