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Expert in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

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Missouri (MO)
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Reaction mechanisms are at the core of his understanding of organic chemistry. Throughout his career, Expert's approach to chemical problems has been to perform careful experiments to determine the mechanism that is operating. Once that is determined, it becomes much easier to plan methods to improve the performance of the reaction. An example would be his patent on the dynamic resolution of a ketone. He used the enolization of an amino ketone to racemize it while preparing an acidic diastereomeric salt. The salt was at a pH of about 4 and caused the ketone to enolize. One of the optical isomers precipitated, while the material in solution kept reequilibrating. Ultimately 90% of the material precipitated as the wanted material. This is a good example of using mechanistic knowledge to produce the desired outcome.

His group of 3 people were challenged to develop a synthesis of physostigmine from scratch. After reviewing the methods out there he devised what he felt was a superior alternative. The group pursued the best literature method and his method in parallel. After 2 months of work, all work was moved to this innovative method as it had achieved more successes in that time than the literature method. In the two months they had completed 4 steps of the ultimate 9 step procedure. The method had come about due to computer modelling of a suggested starting material. Its indication of a predominant reactive site on a cheap indole derivative allowed a different starting material with a novel approach.

In his 30 years on the bench, he has run across many unique chemical separations. Some have been found by accident while others have been predicted. A particular one that he was pleased with was done by pKa. He had related two organic acids that clearly should have had at least 1-2 pKa units difference in acidity. He estimated the proportions by by NMR. With the mixture dissolved in a non-polar solvent, He added enough triethyl amine to be protonated by the stronger. It dropped out of solution leaving the weaker unprotonated acid in solution. Chemical separations often don't have rules. They must be dealt with on an individual basis taking the particular problem into account.

Much of his time has been spent working on natural products. The company he worked for made all of the opioid pain relievers and he has worked on many of them. He has synthesized and purified the cannabinoids and one of the purifications is in the process of being patented. He has a lot of experience in working with natural products and troubleshooting impurity removal.

He is experienced in structural identification of organic compounds. He has participated in x-ray crystallography identifications and prepared the pure samples of unknowns for identifications. he has experience in stereochemistry and have identified particular stereoisomers in a mixture.

He has worked in the organic laboratory for over 30 years. In that time, he has found that his expertise in organic chemistry allows him to be a first class troubleshooter of existing processes. Using his mechanistic approach, he can approach a problem and often eliminate it adjusting some of the parameters such as solvent and temperature based on the mechanism. He is also capable of molecular modeling and that and that can sometimes suggest the appropriate reaction controls.

He is familiar with a broad range of organic compounds and how to safely deal with them. This comes from over 30 years of working safely in the laboratory.


organic reaction mechanism


synthetic organic chemistry


organic chemical separation


natural product chemistry


organic chemical structure


organic chemistry


organic compound

He learns organic reactions by their mechanisms. Reactions can be grouped by the mechanisms that they react by. This allows him to see the "forest through the trees" and use and change the reactions based on similarities with other reactions. Those similarities can guide him on how to improve the characteristics of the reaction currently being worked on.

It is the nature of organic chemistry to be qualitative. In most of the work he has done, he first confirms that the starting material is what it is supposed to be. He then reacts it, and identifies the products. The process of identifying the various functional groups that are changed or are not changed in a given process is an adventure in qualitative organic chemistry.


organic reaction


qualitative organic chemistry

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Saint Louis, Missouri;  Columbia, Missouri;  Saint Charles, Missouri;  Saint Peters, Missouri;  Florissant, Missouri;  and Springfield, Illinois.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1976   Post-Doctoral   Organic Chemistry   University of Arizona  
1975   Ph.D.   Organic Chemistry   Saint Louis University   GPA 3.98/40, elected AAAS
1970   ACS approved B.S. in chemistry   chemistry   Saint Louis University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1984 to 2005


Mallinckrodt Chemical Company


Research and Development


Senior Research Associate


Conducted independent research on new products; did plant support at times on existing products; led small groups in research projects from time to time.

1981 to 1984


Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company


Production IV


Plant troubleshooter


Troubleshooter for small, medium and large scale processes. Expert also was temporary plant manager when normal leader was sick or on vacation.

1980 to 1981


Ash-Stevens Chemical Company


Pilot Plant




Pilot Plant manager in charge of 7 chemists and a secretary. We made experimental drugs and compounds for the government along with a catalog of 150 compounds.

1976 to 1980


University of North Florida


Natural Sciences Dept.


Assistant Professor


Developed and taught 6 courses including Organic Chemistry I and II, Organic Mechanisms, Instrumental Analysis, Advanced Organic Synthesis.

Career Accomplishments:

American Chemical Society; Organic subsection; Computer subsection;

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has about 6 patents and 2 or 3 to still come out from his work. Expert has about 11 professional publications. Expert has written several observational books in astronomy.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
 - Journal of Organic Chemistry  
 - Journal of the American Chemical Society  

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
While teaching Expert did work for the public defender's office in Jacksonville, FL. This included some lab work. Expert did no trial work however because none of the things he worked on came to trial.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Organic chemist expert for consulting on decomposition of organic material in confined space - agricultural accident.
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
German   He can read through German scientific articles and obtain experimental information accurately. He cannot read or write German.

Market Research:
Expert has coordinated efforts with our marketing people by doing molecular graphics for their presentations, visiting occasionally with clients and the FDA in Washington.

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:

Three years ago Expert gave a seminar on using Molecular Modelling in organic synthesis to the research groups at Mallinckrodt. Expert was liaison to a joint project we had with the University of Missouri. In conjunction with that work he developed a series of meetings called Synthesis Workshops where R&D folks would get together and brainstorm synthetic methods for new products.

Other Skills and Services

Expert was considered a "natural consultant", and an internal consultant for other chemists projects while at Mallinckrodt. They also used Expert for his last several years there as a mentor for younger chemists.


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