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 Expert  723801

Expert in Chemistry: Emulsion & Solution Polymers, Water Repellants, Wax Emulsions, Thermosetting Resins, Starch, Non-Woven binders

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South Carolina (SC)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has worked as an industrial researcher for over 25 years developing products for textiles , paper and non-wovens markets. He has worked with various types of chemistries such as wax emulsions, silicone emulsions, glyoxal resins, melamine resins, starch-based products, polyvinyl alcohol-based products. He is currently engaged in the areas of emulsion polymers, UV curable coatings and fluorochemicals.He has been successful in extending nonwoven latex binders with starch, showing both improved performance and lower cost.He has been involved in development of a light activated anti-microbial compound which can be co-polymerized into various polymers. The compound acts as a catalyst for producing singlet oxygen, which kills most bacteria and virus. Polymers employing this technology can make surfaces and substrates self-sanitizing upon exposure to light. Expert has taken products from the lab bench through the pilot plant and into full-scale production. He has a small facility with a research lab and simple pilot plant.

"Creativity" is a strong descriptor of Expert's talents. More often than not, he develops a new technology, as opposed to just a new product. He can blend several areas of chemistry, and combine them to bring out desirable traits in novel materials. He has a good grasp of structure/function relationships. For example, in studying the relationship between starch, latex binders and starch crosslinking resins in paper coatings, an unexpected turn lead to a series of patents and products based on starch graft latices containing latent crosslinking systems. These were commercialized as binders for fiberglass and polyester non-wovens.

Expert has a graduate degree in organic synthesis, and uses it as a tool to bring about desired transformations in other areas such as polymer chemistry, novel monomers, and surface active agents. He considers organic chemistry like a language, and is quite fluent in it.


industrial chemical


polymer chemistry


polymer science


synthetic polymer chemistry


new product development


organic chemistry


crosslinking agent


emulsion coating material


emulsion polymer


emulsion polymerization


hydrophilic polymer






papermaking polymer




polymer crosslinking




reactive polymer


soluble polymer


styrenic polymer


sugar-based polymer


vinyl acetate based polymer

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina;  Asheville, North Carolina;  Gastonia, North Carolina;  Concord, North Carolina;  Columbia, South Carolina;  Greenville, South Carolina;  and Augusta, Georgia.

Often requested
with this expert:

Paper Manufacturing, Coating, and Recycling
Papermaking and Polymer Usage
Paint, Coating Consulting, Failure Analysis, Laboratory...
Protective Coatings, Surface Preparation, Coating Failure...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   MS   Chemistry   University of Pittsburgh  
1976   BS   Chemistry   University of South Carolina  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to 2010


AQUES Chemical Consulting Group, LLC


Research & product development


Proprietor/ Dir of Research & Product Development


He offers consulting services & product development to select chemical companies in emulsion/solution polymers, water repellants, coating additives, non-woven binders.

1998 to 2001


Omnova Solutions/Gencorp






He developed coating additives for paper, binders for non-wovens, water repellants and non-formaldehyde resins.

1987 to 1998


Sequa chemicals






Develop additives for paper coatings, water repellants, resins, latex binders. He wrote 2 TAPPI monograph chapters on starch insolubilizers for paper coatings.

1979 to 1987


Sun Chemical Corp




Sr. Chemist


He worked in the analytical lab reverse-engineering competitive products, then transferred to Paper chemicals to develop paper coating additives.

Career Accomplishments:

American Chemical Society, Chemical Consultant's Network, SOCMA Chemical Consultants

Professional Appointments

Former Member; Industrial Advisory Board, Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry.


Received Gencorp Technology Award, 1999. Nominated for Omnova Technology Award, 2001.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 27 US patents as of Feb 2007. He has written 2 TAPPI Monograph chapters, and has 6 publications, 3 of which were presented at international technical conferences.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)  

Government Experience:

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has consulted for a leading manufacturer of emulsion polymers in product development for roofing mat binders. These binders are used for polyester and glass roofing mat. He has also developed what a world-wide roofing mat supplier called, "The best non-formaldehyde binder we ever tested." He developed a latex utilizing nanotechnology that performed so well the customer filed a patent covering its use in their formulation. He has introduced "next generation" technology to the roofing binder industry incorporating renewable resources..
  • He has developed water repellents for a small start-up company which are now sold in tank truck quantities.
  • He has retro-engineered a formulation and matched the synthetic polymer portion so that it may be produced locally instead of imported, resulting in significant cost savings.
  • He showed a client how to match a product which recently came off-patent. Client had been trying for a year unsuccessfully to match it. In 3 days he went from discussions to pilot plant batch which got the business for the client.
  • He developed a successful argument in a patent litigation which invalidated an issued patent.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Emulsion expert for consulting on Breaking emulsions in waste water sludge to release oil and fat.
  • Expert in wax emulation products for consulting on wax emulsion product development and product identification.
  • Expert for consulting on Conference call for inforamtion for a mutual client.
  • Paper-coating latex expert for consulting on Latex.
  • Expert in coating for consulting on refurbishing or replacing with a newer rod coater.
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:
He served as an expert witness in patent litigation involving emulsion polymers in latex paint formulations. His argument proved convincing enough for the suit to be dropped.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Wax analysis "expert witness" montan carnauba for consulting on Wax.
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
2002 to 2003   France   He consulted for Clariant in France with development of new business and products for the Business Unit Glyoxal. He speaks enough French to get around over there.
1995 to 1998   France   He was part of a joint research team with Hoechst/Clariant and Sequa Chemicals. Research was focused on mutually beneficial technology involving non-formaldehyde resins.
2009 to   Egypt   He is introducing new technology for a manufacturer of a non-woven mat incorporating renewable resources into the binder system. This will result in a better , more efficient binder and lower raw material costs.
2012 to   Pakistan   I help the client expand his product line into rosin size for paper chemicals, and analyzed several silicone anti-foams and told him how to make them. We still work together off and on as needed.
1915 to   India   We are discussing a project for producing a wax emulsion for use as a water repellent.I am working with another client on a textile print paste thickener.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He taught himself some basic French and can get around Paris, converse with store /hotel clerks, and order from the menu for his group
German   He studied German 3 semesters in college and can read and speak some.
Russian   He can read some Russian with the aid of his dictionary.
Spanish   He is trying to learn a little Spanish

Market Research:
His area of strength is R&D, but he has sought out partners with complimentary skills in sales & marketing in order to bring a more effective, synergystic presence to the market than either partner could otherwise bring.

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 served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the U. of South Carolina Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and helped design an Industrial Chemistry course. He has since been a guest lecturer in that course 4 times speaking on "Thermosetting Resins & Emulsion Polymerization". He also lectured several times on "Emulsion Polymerization" in a polymer chemistry course at The SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has approved raw materials as satisfactory for industrial purposes, and also found vendors of certain raw materials.

Other Skills and Services

As of Feb 2007 he has 27 issued US patents, wrote 2 TAPPI monograph chapters on paper coating additives, and has delivered several technical presentations on his research at international conferences.


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