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 Expert  724193

Expert in Batteries, Chemistry, Gas Detection, Industrial Hygiene & Safety, Respiratory Protection


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
USA
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He has experience analyzing, developing, and testing a wide variety of gas detection technologies. This makes him an excellent choice to evaluate air quality and perform air quality assessments.

He developed catalytic combustible, electrochemical, and thermal conductivity gas sensors for the quantitative analysis of carbon monoxide, chlorine, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, propane, and styrene. He developed breath-by-breath, percent, parts-per-million, and parts-per-billion oxygen sensors. The catalytic combustible gas sensors he developed were lower in power consumption and several times more resistant to silicone poisoning than competitive offerings.

He led teams that developed commercially successful hand-held gas detection equipment used in the industrial hygiene and mining marketplaces. One of these instruments detects carbon monoxide, combustible gases, hydrogen sulfide, and oxygen.

He is an expert in testing field portable analytical instruments. He qualified the Passport® FiveStar, Passport PID II, Gasport®, and Mini Series® Responder industrial gas detection instruments; the Escort Elf® line of sampling pumps; and the MiniOX® line of medical instruments. He has experience developing applications for photoionization and infrared gas detectors.

He recommended technologies for the detection of anesthetic agents, chemical warfare agents, explosives, illicit drugs, industrial toxins, mercaptans, pesticides, and VOC's.

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air-quality assessment

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chemical sensor

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gas sensor

He developed several analytical methods, including an FTIR method used to measure parts-per-million water in iodine. He recommended technologies for the detection of anesthetic agents, chemical warfare agents, explosives, illicit drugs, industrial toxins, mercaptans, pesticides, and VOC's.
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analytical chemistry instrument

While performing his graduate research, he was part of a team that developed computer controlled electrochemical data acquisition equipment.
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chemical analysis instrumentation design

He was part of a team that developed computer controlled electrochemical data acquisition equipment. He used the equipment to elucidate the oxidation mechanism of carbon monoxide in strong acid solution and to measure the concentration of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide in air and water.

He developed electrochemical gas sensors for the quantitative analysis of carbon monoxide, chlorine, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and styrene in the parts-per-million range. He developed breath-by-breath, percent, parts-per-million, and parts-per-billion oxygen sensors.

The electrochemical sensors he developed were used in commercially successful hand-held and fixed-point gas detection equipment. A 4-gas portable instrument, designed by a team he led, used electrochemical carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and oxygen sensors. He is an expert in testing portable instruments that contain electrochemical sensors.

He recommended electrochemical technologies for the detection of anesthetic agents, carbon dioxide, mercaptans, and nitrous oxide.

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electrochemical analysis

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gas trace analysis

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electrochemical gas sensor

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electrochemical sensor

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electrochemical oxygen sensor

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exhaust-gas oxygen analyzer

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oxygen analyzer

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oxygen sensor

His experience with the development and testing of a wide variety of gas sensors and gas detection equipment makes him an excellent choice to perform environmental air sampling and to interpret the results of air sampling.

While in charge of the applications laboratory for a $100 million per year division of a Fortune 1000 company, he verified the performance of gas sensors, portable gas detectors, fixed-point gas detection systems, and gas sampling pumps.

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gas analysis

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carbon monoxide detector

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combustible gas detection

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gas detection

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hydrocarbon detection

The catalytic combustible and electrochemical gas sensors he developed were used in commercially successful hand-held and fixed-point gas detection equipment. A 4-gas portable instrument, designed by his team used catalytic combustible and electrochemical carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and oxygen sensors.

He developed a method to determine the percentage of insoluble matter in potassium superoxide. He improved on the accuracy of a method used to quantify the amount of carbon dioxide that can be absorbed by anhydrous lithium hydroxide.

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hazardous chemical analysis

He developed an electrochemical parts-per-million electrochemical hydrogen gas sensor, useable in an oxygen free environment, under contract to NASA. He developed electrochemical gas sensors for the detection of carbon monoxide, chlorine, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and styrene in the parts-per-million range. He developed electrochemical breath-by-breath, percent, parts-per-million, and parts-per-billion oxygen sensors. He developed catalytic combustible and thermal conductivity sensors for the detection of hydrogen, methane, propane, and other combustible gases.

Many of the sensors he developed were used in commercially successful hand-held and fixed-point gas detection instruments. He is an expert in testing portable instruments that contain gas sensors.

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hydrogen sensor

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hydrogen detection

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hydrogen cyanide

Qualification testing in his laboratory started with visual inspection and verification of size and weight. Confirmation that all standard accessories were included with the qualification prototypes, and that the instruments user interface performed as described in the manual, was performed. Performance of all features, including the display, display functionality, audio alarms, audio alarm set-points, audio alarm loudness, and remote communication ports was checked. Instrument accuracy, dynamic range, linearity, repeatability, and battery run time were measured. Variations in performance caused by changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature were monitored. Susceptibility to radio frequency interference and static charge buildup was tested. Shock, bump, and drop testing was performed. Ability to meet Australian, ATEX, CSA, FDA, MSHA, NIOSH, and UL/NRTL standards was confirmed.

He has experience testing batteries and respiratory protective equipment under a wide-range of conditions.

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design verification testing

He developed batteries for implantable, industrial, and military applications. The implantable batteries he developed include dual anode lithium-iodine batteries that provide a 5-fold improvement in power density and lithium-iodine batteries with novel charge transfer complex cathodes that provide up to a 20% more energy density. He invented the lithium-silver oxide battery; a chemistry with twice the energy density and much higher power capability than the lithium-iodine battery.

He was responsible for the development of new chemistries as well as improved sensor packaging.

He completed the design of the SR-50, SR-50A, and SR-100A self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs). He designed the SR-T, a live training device used to simulate SCSR donning and breathing. He improved the SR-100 SCSR by adding a temperature indicator, strengthening the dust shield, reducing nose clip discomfort, improving oxygen bottle reliability, reducing top plate assembly leakage, and reformulating the breathing hose material.

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product reliability improvement

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device product development

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new product design

Qualification testing in his laboratory started with visual inspection and verification of size and weight. Confirmation that all standard accessories were included with the qualification prototypes, and that the instruments' user interface performed as described in the manual, was performed. Performance of all features, including the display, display functionality, audio alarms, audio alarm set-points, audio alarm loudness, and remote communication ports was checked.

Instrument accuracy, dynamic range, linearity, repeatability, and battery run time were measured. Variations in performance caused by changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature were monitored. Susceptibility to radio frequency interference and static charge buildup was tested. Shock, bump, and drop testing was performed. Ability to meet Australian, ATEX, CSA, FDA, MSHA, NIOSH, and UL/NRTL standards was confirmed.

He has experience testing batteries and respiratory protective equipment under a wide range of conditions. He performed non-destructive and destructive analysis on failed equipment that formed the basis for design and process improvements. Such testing was used to increase the reliability of hand-held and machine-mounted methane detection equipment. He developed customer specific applications for photoionization and infrared gas detectors.

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product testing

His experience with the development and qualification of a wide variety of gas detection equipment makes him an excellent choice to perform environmental analysis and interpret test results.
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environmental testing

He held several management level product development positions including technical director of the CSE Corporation, sensor R&D manager at the MSA Instrument Division, and chemical R&D manager at the MSA Catalyst Research Division. He was responsible for hiring and supervising up to 18 employees.
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research and development management

He held the position of trace gas analysis marketing and applications laboratory manger at the MSA Instrument Division. In this position, he assessed technologies for the detection of anesthetic agents, chemical warfare agents, explosives, illicit drugs, industrial toxins, mercaptans, pesticides, and VOC's. Based on the information gathered, he performed a market analysis that allowed MSA to enter the chemical warfare agent detection market.

He negotiated contracts that allowed products to be distributed. He prepared pricing, advertising brochures, product launch packages, and news releases He provided support to customers, displayed products at trade shows, trained the sales force, and provided technical support to field sales personnel.

He analyzed the market for implantable batteries, medical oxygen concentrators, home carbon monoxide monitors, nitrous oxide detectors, and self-contained, self-rescuer training devices.

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new product market survey

In addition to developing batteries, gas sensors, and gas detection equipment, he completed the design of the SR-50, SR-50A, and SR-100A self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs). He designed the SR-T, a live training device used to simulate SCSR donning and breathing. He improved the SR-100 SCSR by adding a temperature indicator, strengthening the dust shield, reducing nose clip discomfort, improving oxygen bottle reliability, reducing top plate assembly leakage, and reformulating the breathing hose material to increase its durability.
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protective respirator

He developed commercially successful lithium batteries for implantable, industrial, and military applications. For implantable applications, dual anode lithium-iodine batteries with 5-times more power density, and lithium-iodine batteries with novel charge transfer complex cathodes that provide up to a 20% more energy density than prior art batteries, were developed.

He developed lithium-iodine button cells for memory backup applications and thermally activated lithium-iron disulfide batteries with improved energy and power density. He invented the lithium-silver oxide battery; a chemistry with twice the energy density of commercially available batteries. He worked with the cadmium-mercuric oxide, lithium-sulfur dioxide and lithium-thionyl chloride chemistries.

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advanced battery

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battery failure

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solid-electrolyte battery

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artificial cardiac pacemaker battery

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lithium battery

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electric battery testing

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thermal battery

He developed a chemical hygiene and laboratory safety plan for a $100 million per year division of a Fortune 1000 company. He maintained and updated the plan and held weekly meetings to assure compliance. He prepared material safety data sheets for all division products. He served on the division's safety committee. He performed chemical hygiene and safety audits. He performed accident investigations and implemented corrective actions.
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laboratory safety

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chemical hygiene plan

While managing the product development process, he worked on many inventions in the battery, gas sensor, and respiratory protective equipment fields. Some of these were conceived while working with others and some while working alone. Many of these inventions were incorporated into commercially successful new and improved products.

After each invention was conceived, an analysis of marketability was performed. If an invention appeared to be of commercial value, an invention record was completed and sent in for management review. Once the review process was completed, a patent application was prepared and submitted. Legal support services were provided to assure that a patent issued in a timely manner.

He is named as inventor on 11 U.S. Patents and is the inventor of the ethylene oxide gas sensor and the lithium-silver oxide battery. He has 27 publications and presentations. He earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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device inventing


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;  Akron, Ohio;  Youngstown, Ohio;  and Canton, Ohio.

Often requested
with this expert:

Lithium Batteries
Battery Industry, Battery Technology, Research &...
Batteries and Battery Interfaces: System Design and Analysis
Battery Design and Simulation

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1981   Ph.D.   Analytical Chemistry   State University of New York at Buffalo   Magna Cum Laude
1974   B.S.   Chemistry   Brooklyn College   Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Owner

 

Use knowledge of batteries, gas monitors, and respiratory protection equipment to provide business, management, and technical support to organizations. Provide technology based companies with idea generation, market research, market assessment, proposal preparation, product improvement, product development, product qualification, product certification, operations start-up, and market launch services. Provide equipment users with assistance selecting, calibrating, using, and placing batteries, gas monitors, and respiratory protection equipment.

Assist in accident, environmental & health, product liability, and intellectual property disputes. Provide law firms and insurance companies with literature review & evaluation, failure analysis & testing, forensic investigation, and expert witness services. Provide investment managers with company overviews, industry reviews, market analyses, and information on emerging technologies. Participate in proposal review panels.

2000 to 2004

 

CSE Corporation

 


 

Technical Director

 

He completed the design, documented, qualified, obtained CSA/NRTL and MSHA approvals, and transfered the Explorer 4 portable multi-gas monitor to operations. He completed the design, documented, qualified, and transfered the SR-50A and SR-100A self contained self rescuers to operations. He designed, documented, and qualified the SR-T, a live training device used to simulate self-contained self-rescuer donning and breathing. He interacted with quality, purchasing, production, sales, and vendor personnel to resolve operational issues. He supervised two electronics engineers, two chemists, a chemical technician, and a draftsman while reported to the Chairman and CEO of the CSE Corporation.

1996 to 2000

 

Mine Safety Appliances Company, Inc.

 

Instrument Division

 

Trace Gas Analysis Marketing and Applications Laboratory Manager

 

He developed a marketing strategy that enabled MSA to enter the chemical warfare agent detection market. He qualified the Passport® FiveStar, Passport PID II, Gasport®, and Mini Series® Responder industrial gas detection instruments; the Escort Elf® line of sampling pumps; and the MiniOX® line of medical instruments. He performed site assessments, trained sales personnel, exhibited products at trade shows, wrote product specifications, benchmarked competitor's products, prepared product launch packages, and provided customer support. He recommended technologies for the detection of anesthetic agents, chemical warfare agents, explosives, illicit drugs, industrial toxins, mercaptans, pesticides, and VOCs. He supervised 10 staff members while reporting to the General Manager of MSA's Instrument Division.

1992 to 1996

 

Mine Safety Appliances Company, Inc.

 

Instrument Division

 

Sensor R&D Manager

 

He developed a low-cost package for electrochemical toxic gas sensors and invented a low-power combustible gas sensor. He developed an OSHA compliant laboratory safety program and prepared MSDSs. He supervised 10 staff members in the fields of electrochemistry, combustion chemistry, and sensor science while reported to the Chief Scientist of MSA's Instrument Division.

1989 to 1992

 

Mine Safety Appliances Company, Inc.

 

Catalyst Research Division

 

Chemical R&D Manager

 

He developed sensors for the analysis of chlorine, ethylene oxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and oxygen. He developed improved lithium-iodine and thermally activated batteries. He invented the lithium-silver oxide battery and an electrochemical sensor for breath-by-breath oxygen analysis. He designed prototype instrumentation for sensing medical gases. He supervised 18 staff members in the fields of biomedical engineering, electrochemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering and electronics engineering while reporting to the General Manager of MSA's Catalyst Research Division.

1985 to 1988

 

Mine Safety Appliances Company, Inc.

 

Catalyst Research Division

 

Program Manager - Specialty Batteries

 

He coordinated a proposal preparation effort that led to a $20 million multi-year award for the establishment and operation of a facility dedicated to the design and production of specialty batteries for the U.S. Government. He established facilities for the design and production of specialty batteries. He produced cadmium-mercuric oxide cells for qualification testing and negotiated a $1.5 million contract for the delivery of production cells. He acquired the technology to produce lithium-sulfur dioxide batteries. He recruited 20 administrative, production, development, and quality control personnel while reported to the General Manager of MSA's Catalyst Research Division.

1979 to 1984

 

Mine Safety Appliances Company, Inc.

 

Catalyst Research Division

 

Senior Research Scientist

 

He developed improved implantable, industrial, and military batteries.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

He belongs to the American Chemical Society, the American Chemical Society – Pittsburgh Section, the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalyst Society, and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.

Professional Appointments

He is employment committee chairman of the American Chemical Society – Pittsburgh Section.

Awards/Recognition

He has written proposals that have resulted in the award of millions of dollars worth of U.S. Government contracts.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has 10 U.S. Patents, 14 publications, and 21 presentations in battery technology, gas detection, and respiratory protective equipment.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - SCSR Workshop at the MSHA Training Academy  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
 - AIHCE  
 - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene  

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He was deposed as an expert witness in a case involving the infringement of a lithium battery patent, in a case involving the explosion of a lead-acid battery, and in a case involving the malfunction of respiratory protective equipment.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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Market Research:
He performed a variety of marketing and product management tasks including the determination of market players, market share, and growth rate. He analyzed competitive technologies, assessed the intellectual property environment, developed product concepts, and wrote product specifications. He drafted press releases and advertising brochures, staffed booths at trade shows, and gave presentations in support of the sales effort.

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:
Training/Seminars

He co-authored and presented a professional development course at an AICHE meeting that included a summary of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. Air monitoring requirements, hazardous air contaminants, available air monitoring equipment, and air contaminant control methods were discussed. He developed and presented a seminar used to train field sales personnel in the operation of gas detection equipment.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has experience identifying, selecting, and negotiating with a wide variety of vendors and equipment manufacturers.

Other Skills and Services

He developed, tested, and qualified new and improved products. He coordinated the development of complete product documentation packages and set-up manufacturing lines.


 

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