ORC Expert Advisory Services ORC International

  home    |    find an expert    |    request an expert    |    join our network    |    about us     expert login  
Expert Consulting and Expert Witness Services
  
  search tips 
Share this page:  Send to LinkedIn Send to Facebook Tweet This Email Print

 Expert  724402

Expert in Polyolefins & Elastomers Process Technology, Polyethylene Process Development, and R&D Productivity


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
While Vice President of Technology for DuPont Dow Elastomers, Expert was intimately involved in the development and commercialization of three new "from scratch" metallocene catalyzed elastomers: NORDEL IP solution process EPDM, NORDEL MG gas phase process EPDM, and ENGAGE Ethylene Elastomers. He was directly involved in catalyst development; pilot plant demonstration and process scale-up; commercial plant design, construction and startup; and product introduction and commercialization. In addition, Expert has extensive knowledge and experience related to the manufacture of polychloroprene via emulsion polymerization, chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM) via solution polymerization, chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) via both slurry and solution polymerization, and fluoropolymers (FKM) and prefluoropolymers (FFKM) via emulsion polymerization. For over nine years in his DuPont Dow Vice President of Technology role, Expert directed large-scale process and product R&D programs in support of all of these technologies.

Prior to his DuPont Dow role, Expert spent 18 years in polyethylene process and product development while working for The Dow Chemical Company in roles ranging from pilot plant engineer through Director of R&D. In addition, Expert spent several years as Vice President of R&D for Dow Chemical Canada, and in R&D Director roles for Dow's Emulsion Polymers (S/B and Acrylic Latexes) and Liquid Separations (Nano-filtration Membranes & Ion Exchange Resins) businesses.

 • 

elastomer process development

Expert spent 18 years (1973-1991) in roles ranging from pilot plant process engineer through R&D Director supporting Dow Chemical's global polyolefin business. He has extensive knowledge of all types of polyethylene homo and copolymer technology including high pressure low density polyethylene (LDPE)...both tubular and autoclave processes; high pressure ethylene-acrylic acid copolymers; and high density, linear low density & ultra low density polyethylenes (slurry, solution and gas phase processes using either Ziegler- Natta or metallocene catalysts); metallocene EPDM rubber (both solution and gas phase processes) and metallocene ethylene-octene and ethylene-butene copolymer elastomers (solution process) . As a research manager, Expert was actively involved in the discovery, development, commercialization, and explosive growth of DOWLEX LLDPE ethylene-octene and ethylene-butene copolymers. And, he played a similar role in the discovery, development and commercialization of PRIMACOR EAA copolymers. Expert has a strong working knowledge of high pressure ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer processes (both tube and autoclave), and the slurry loop reactor process and catalyst technology used to produce polypropylene homo, block and random copolymers. During this period, he was very active in ethylene copolymer competitive analysis, and also participated in numerous technology exchanges and several collaborative R&D programs with leading Japanese polyethylene companies. After taking a several year sabbatical from polyolefins (1991-1996) to serve in R&D Director roles for other Dow businesses, Expert resumed his immersion in polyethylene copolymer technology through his role as Technology Vice President for DuPont Dow Elastomers, which position he held until mid-2005. Here he directed the R&D effort that resulted in NORDEL IP (solution process) and NORDEL MG (gas phase process) EPDM rubbers, and ENGAGE ethylene-octene and ethylene-butene elastomers.
 • 

ethylene copolymerization

 • 

polyethylene

Expert has extensive knowledge of all high pressure low density polyethylene processes including both tubular and autoclave technologies. He had worked directly with the ICI autoclave LDPE process and the Imhausen and Asahi tubular LDPE processes. He is also quite familiar with the basics of competing high pressure technologies practiced by DuPont, the former Union Carbide, Eastman, and Sumitomo. Expert has experience with multi-zone autoclave reactor configurations and pulsed and non-pulsed tubular reactor operation and control. He also has personal experience trouble-shooting, improving and optimizing high pressure polyethylene manufacturing processes, both tubular and autoclave. He has a deep knowledge of ethylene- acrylic acid (EAA) copolymers and a strong working knowledge of ethylene- vinyl acetate (EVA) and ethylene-acrylate (EEA, EMA, EBA) copolymers. Expert has experience with the use of Ziegler-Natta catalysts in high pressure reactors to produce linear polyethylenes (HP LLDPE). He understands the influence of process conditions on LDPE polymer structure and of polymer structure on material properties and ultimate product performance.
 • 

high-pressure polyethylene

 • 

low-density polyethylene

Expert (who at the time was a pilot plant process engineer) was part of the R&D team in the mid-1970's that invented Dow Chemical's high efficiency Ziegler-Natta catalyst and adapted Dow's solution HDPE process to enable production of the ethylene/higher-alpha-olefin (HAO) copolymers (commercial grades were either ethylene-octene or ethylene-butene) that grew into today's multi-billion pounds/year global DOWLEX LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) franchise.

Throughout the 1980's, Expert managed and directed Dow's ongoing process and catalyst R&D programs that resulted in dramatic increases in catalyst activity & productivity, and rapid capacity expansions (the annual capacity of an individual reactor train was increased by a factor of 20 during this period). During the late 1980's, Expert also initiated and directed the R&D program that led to the discovery and scale-up of what quickly evolved into Dow's revolutionary INSITE metallocene polyolefin polymerization catalyst and process technology. Unlike the heterogeneous Ziegler-Natta catalysts that owed their high efficiencies to the use of high surface area magnesium chloride or activated silica supports, INSITE metallocene catalysts were unsupported homogeneous systems. And again, unlike their Ziegler-Natta predecessors, metallocene catalysts remained highly active in the presence of higher alpha olefin and even certain diene comonomers. This capability enabled production of high molecular weight (HMW) linear ethylene copolymers containing very high levels of butene, hexene or octene which gave rise to the ENGAGE family of ethylene- octene elastomers and AFFINITY ethylene-octene plastomers.

During the 1990's, while Expert was serving as Vice President of R&D and H&ES for Dow Chemical Canada, and later R&D Director for Dow's Emulsion Polymers and Liquid Separations businesses, Dow adapted INSITE technology to produce EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene-monomer) rubber based on the ability of INSITE catalyst to efficiently incorporate the diene ENB (ethylidene- norbornene). Dow's next generation EPDM elastomer capability was a key factor leading Dow to form the DuPont Dow Elastomers joint venture with DuPont in 1996. From 1996 until company break-up in 2005, Expert directed the DuPont Dow Technology Organization that commercialized Nordel IP EPDM, including commissioning and starting-up the world's first metallocene EPDM production unit, and ENGAGE polyolefin elastomers, including design, construction and start-up of a world-scale production facility. After Dow acquired the assets of Union Carbide Corporation, Expert directed the conversion of UCC's gas phase EPDM process to use Dow's INSITE Technology metallocene catalyst which resulted in the commercial introduction of NORDEL MG EPDM. As a result of these experiences, Expert has extensive, detailed knowledge of polyolefin catalysis (both Ziegler-Natta and metallocene), solution polymerization, linear low density polyethylene manufacture, technology development and scale-up (from discovery to lab bench and pilot plant through commercial plant trials and new plant design), and process trouble-shooting and optimization. Through the years, he has leveraged his strong chemical engineering background to achieve and maintain competitive advantage for Dow's and DuPont Dow's polyolefin technologies and businesses.

 • 

linear low-density polyethylene

 • 

solution polymerization reactor

Expert has the distinction, while serving as R&D Director of Dow Chemical's polyolefin business, of having initiated and directed the R&D programs that discovered and developed the revolutionary metallocene catalyst that rapidly evolved into Dow's INSITE Technology which is currently used to manufacture ENGAGE ethylene elastomers, AFFINITY polyolefin plastomers, NORDEL IP solution process EPDM, and NORDEL MG gas phase process EPDM...all of which were new-to-industry materials when introduced. From 1996 until 2005, while serving as Vice President for Technology and I.T. at DuPont Dow Elastomers (a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and The DuPont Company), Expert directed and managed the R&D programs that made INSITE technology a commercial success in the elastomer field. He was directly involved in the adaptation of INSITE metallocene catalyst for production of EPDM using the Union Carbide gas phase reactor process. He spent over nine years directly involved in troubleshooting, improving and optimizing DuPont Dow's metallocene-catalyzed polymerzation process technology. This effort resulted in a 50 percent capacity increase over nameplate for DuPont Dow's NORDEL IP plant, and made the gas phase NORDEL MG process commercially viable. Expert is an expert in the application of metallocene catalyst to the commercial manufacture of polyethylenes in general, and ethylene copolymers and EPDM rubber in particular. He also has a strong working knowledge of polypropylene homo and copolymer production via metallocene chemistry.
 • 

metallocene-catalyzed polymerization

Expert has more than twenty years experience as a senior R&D manager for The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Dow Elastomers (a 50/50 joint venture between Dow and The DuPont Company). For eleven of these years, his responsibilities were as a Vice President: first of Dow Chemical Canada (1991-1993), and later of DuPont Dow Elastomers (1996-2005). Through his active participation on a variety of global business teams and corporate senior leadership teams, he has extensive experience developing R&D strategies and plans that are aligned with and enable their underlying business strategies.

Expert's experiences include merging two global R&D organizations with long, proud heritages but very different cultures into a highly productive technology enterprise (this occurred during the formation and launch of DuPont Dow); supporting the commercial launch of three new-to-industry elastomers (ENGAGE ethylene elastomers, NORDEL IP solution process EPDM, and NORDEL MG gas phase process EPDM; directing R&D programs that led to the discovery of the metallocene catalyst technology that rapidly became Dow's revolutionary INSITE Technology that is currently used to manufacture a broad range of high performance polyolefins and elastomers; directing numerous other technology scale-ups and new product launches (e.g. DOWLEX LLDPE, PRIMACOR EAA, Dow high efficiency Ziegler-Natta catalyst, Dow's anhydrous slurry HDPE process, multi-zone high pressure autoclave technology for LDPE,etc.); creating and implementing a value-based intellectual property strategy; developing and implementing a stage-gate new product development process; deploying an R&D metrics tool to track resource allocations by activity category over time and to estimate the NPV (net present value) potential of major R&D projects; developing multi-year staffing plans, creating "ideal state" organization models to serve as targeting templates for senior professional development (and to set realistic expectations for promotion in the context of business need and overall organization affordability); implementing a peer-review-driven promotion process for senior technology professionals and managers; implementing a virtual lab model to coordinate the activities of four geographically distant and formerly independent regional lab facilities using web-enabled workflow tools and shared databases; developing and implementing a consolidated customer technical support knowledge base using web-based knowledge management tools that gave both empolyees and customers real-time 24x7 access; using joint development agreements to create a flexible, highly cost effective exploratory R&D capability based on tapping the resources of carefully selected universities and leveraging unique skills within DuPont Dow's two owner organizations; applying a flexible-allocation-of-resources philosophy to enable sharing technical resources across individual business platforms in order to avoid excess R&D costs due to parochial redundancy and sub-optimization, and to provide expanded personal growth opportunities for individual researchers.

While Vice President of Technology and I.T. at DuPont Dow, Expert directed an organization which, at its peak numbered over 300 direct employees, more than half of whom were degreed professionals, and managed of an annual budget in excess of $75 million.

Expert's organization was spread across twelve locations in six countries on three continents. Five of these locations were large scale R&D lab units with work ranging from bench scale discovery through pilot plant demonstration and commercial scale fabrication trials.

 • 

research and development management

 • 

new product development management

 • 

strategic research planning

 • 

technology management

While Vice President of Technology for DuPont Dow Elastomers, Expert was intimately involved in the development and commercialization of three new "from scratch" metallocene catalyzed elastomers: NORDEL IP solution process EPDM, NORDEL MG gas phase process EPDM, and ENGAGE Ethylene Elastomers. He was directly involved in catalyst development; pilot plant demonstration and process scale-up; commercial plant design, construction and startup; and product introduction and commercialization. In addition, Expert has extensive knowledge and experience related to the manufacture of polychloroprene via emulsion polymerization, chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM) via solution polymerization, chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) via both slurry and solution polymerization, and fluoropolymers (FKM) and prefluoropolymers (FFKM) via emulsion polymerization. For over nine years in his DuPont Dow Vice President of Technology role, he directed large-scale process and product R&D programs in support of all of these technologies.

Expert has extensive experience with the use of Ziegler-Natta catalysts to produce polyolefins. While serving as a pilot plant process engineer, he was part of the team that developed and introduced Dow's first generation high efficiency Ziegler-Natta (Z-N) catalyst system that revitalized Dow's solution and slurry process HDPE technologies. Later, while in his role as Group Leader (and later Research Manager) for Pololefin Process R&D, Expert's group developed the catalyst and process technology that led to creation of DOWLEX ethylene-octene LLDPE, which at the time was heralded as a revolutionary polyethylene material. Expert's R&D group also played a key role in adapting the solution process high efficiency Z-N catalyst to Dow's slurry HDPE process which significantly reduced operating cost and reactor fouling issues. He directed and managed the R&D programs that led to the development and commercialization of second, third and fourth generation high efficiency Z-N catalysts, each of which further reduced cost while providing expanded product capabilities. Although Expert's hands-on experience has all been with polyethylene, he also possesses a strong working knowledge of Ziegler-Natta polymerization as applied to other polymers, especially polypropylene homo and copolymers.

 • 

Ziegler polymerization

While serving as pilot plant process engineer, Expert participated in the conversion of Dow Chemical's solution high density polyethylene (HDPE) in Freeport, TX to operation with Dow's first generation high efficiency Ziegler- Natta catalyst. The use of the high efficiency catalyst enabled shutting down the deactivated catalyst extraction operation which cut energy usage by more than 50 percent, and dramatically reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill. Later, his process R&D group also played a key support role in the conversion of Dow's slurry high density polyethylene (HDPE) process in Plaquemine, LA, to anhydrous operation using technology licensed from Asahi Kasei. This change cut energy usage by half, and essentially eliminated unscheduled plant outages due to reactor fouling. Expert possesses extensive knowledge of HDPE structure-property relationships, material properties, fabrication techniques and end-uses.
 • 

high-density polyethylene

As a member of business management teams (as a Dow R&D Director) and senior leadership teams (as Dow's VP of R&D for Canada, as VP Technology for DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC, and as CTO for Liquid Light LLC), Expert has extensive experience with applying both formal and informal processes to reach important decisions about both strategy and tactics at both individual business and overall corporate levels. Mr. Expert also has extensive project management experience having ranging from designing, building, starting up and operating pilot plants to overseeing process scale-up using third party contract manufacturing services. Making sound, time-critical decisions with available information was a way of life for Expert during much of his career.
 • 

management decision-making


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Trenton, New Jersey;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Allentown, Pennsylvania;  Reading, Pennsylvania;  and Baltimore, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

EPDM Elastomer, Chemistry and Technology
Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Flammability, Golf Ball and...
Olefin Polyolefins Catalysis
Plastics and Polymer Additives

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   BS   Engineering Science   Trinity University   Magna Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2012 to 2014

 

Liquid Light LLC

 

Technology

 

Chief Technology Officer

 

As Chief Technology Officer and Site Operations Manager for Liquid Light Inc, a small venture capital funded start-up who are developing a process for converting carbon dioxide into industrial chemicals using proprietary catalytic electrochemical technology, Expert was responsible for a organization that ranged in size from 10 to 25 science professionals (the staffing level fluctuated with the funding level) engaged in pioneering breakthrough electrochemical process development and scale-up. In addition to managing the site and directing the technology team, Expert was responsible for implementing an OHSA compliant lab safety program, developing and implementing task appropriate GLP (good lab practice) protocols, overseeing expansion of the facility which more than tripled the lab and office space, hiring and recruiting new technical talent (a total of 15 people were hired and on-boarded over an 18 month period), implementing an intellectual property acquisition and protection plan and process (which included recruiting and hiring an IP manager), modeling and teaching leadership skills (most employees had no prior industrial R&D experience), and maintaining morale under high stress circumstances (typical of life in a struggling start-up). This position required Expert to spend four days per week away from home inasmuch as the location of the company was too distant to make commuting daily practical.

2010 to 2012

 

STYRON LLC

 

Corporate R&D

 

Consultant

 

Styron LLC was an independent, global enterprise spun-off from The Dow Chemical Company which was acquired by Bain Capital. Styron's scope included the following former Dow businesses: polycarbonate plastic, styrene plastics, styrene-butadiene latex, polybutadiene rubber, emulsion and solution SBR rubbers, and engineering thermoplastic compounds and blends. Expert was retained first by Bain Capital to assist in the assessment and negotiation of multiple on-going service and supply contracts being offered by Dow to Styron, and later by Styron's CEO, Chris Pappas, to conduct a thorough audit of all of Styron's global R&D assets (organizations, lab facilities, leadership, project portfolios, etc.) and prepare a report describing how Styron could best leverage these among their various business platforms. After making is recommendations, Expert was further retained to assist Styron's R&D organization as a subject matter expert on global R&D work-process optimization and as a project team member for a new breakthrough project involving the application of carbon nanotubes.

1996 to 2005

 

DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC

 


 

Vice President, Technology & I.T.

 

Expert's responsibilities included directing the R&D and Customer Technical Service organizations globally, as well as managing all corporate I.T. assets and systems for DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC, developer and producer of a broad range of high performance elastomers for the automotive, aerospace, industrial goods and gaskets & seals markets, with annual revenues approaching one billion dollars. At peak, the overall Technology organization numbered over 300 direct employees, more than half of whom were degreed professionals, and was supported by a budget exceeding $100 million annually. He was a member of the DuPont Dow Senior Leadership Team, and as such was actively engaged in the overall operation of the company including strategic and financial planning, Six Sigma implementation, and staffing. He played an active part in the foundation and start-up of the company (a joint venture between The DuPont Company and The Dow Chemical Company), and the dissolution of the enterprise after nine years of successful operation. The experience gained from forging a common culture from two large geographically diffuse technical and business organizations, each with its own deeply ingrained beliefs and practices, was quite rewarding. R&D facilities were located at several sites in the U.S., as well as Switzerland, Singapore, China and Japan.

1994 to 1996

 

The Dow Chemical Company

 

Liquid Separtions Business

 

Global R&D Director

 

Expert directed the global R&D and Customer Technical Service organizations supporting Dow Chemical's Liquid Separations Business, which produced and supplied a broad range of ion exchange resins and reverse osmosis membrane modules for domestic and industrial water purification and treatment. R&D facilities were located in the U.S., Denmark, Switzerland and Japan. He was a member of the Liquid Separations Global Business Team.

1993 to 1994

 

The Dow Chemical Company

 

Emulsion Polymers Business, North America

 

R&D Director

 

Expert directed the R&D and Customer Technical Service for Dow Chemical's Emulsion Polymers Business in North America. (Emulsion Polymers encompasses styrene/butadiene latexes for paper coating and carpet backing, and acrylic latexes for paints and architectural coatings.) The R&D effort supported the global business, while the customer technical service was limited to the North American region. He was a member of the North American Business Team, the Global Business Team and chaired a Global R&D Steering Team.

1991 to 1993

 

Dow Chemical Canda Inc.

 


 

Vice President, R&D and H&ES

 

Expert was a member of the Dow Canada Operating Board responsible for all R&D, Customer Technical Service, and Health, Environment & Safety for Dow's Canadian region (which at the time was organized as an fully independent legal entity). At peak, organization totaled over 250 direct employee, two-thirds of whom were degreed professionals, supported by an annual budget in excess of 70 million USD. Products and technologies included the full range basic & specialty chemicals and plastics. He oversaw the dismantlement of the organization after the passage of NAFTA permitted performing most of these functions from the U.S.

1986 to 1991

 

The Dow Chemical Company

 

Polyolefins

 

R&D Director

 

Expert directed R&D (catalyst, process, product & application from discovery, thru development,scale-up and commercial launch) and Customer Technical Service for Dow's North American polyolefin business. (Polyolefins is an umbrella term used to describe Dow's broad polethylene homo- and co-polymer offering which encompassed solution process HDPE & LLDPE, slurry process HDPE, and high pressure process LDPE and EAA.) The R&D effort supported the entire global business, while the technical service activity primarily supported North American customers. He was a member of the North American Business Team, the Global Business Team, and chaired the Global R&D Steering Team.

1973 to 1986

 

The Dow Chemical Company

 

U.S. Area R&D

 

Engineer/Group Leader/Research Manager/Lab Director

 

After graduating from Trinity University, Expert joined Dow Chemical's Polyolefin Research organization in Freeport, Texas, as a pilot plant process engineer. Over the next ten years, his assumed expanded responsibilities, becoming Group Leader over pilot plant operations, followed by Research Manager over process R&D, and culminating in his appointment as Director of the entire polyolefin R&D lab organization and complex. As Lab Director, Expert served on the North American Polyolefin Business Team.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a long-standing member of the AIChE, the ACS, and the Trinity University Engineering Science Department Board of Advisors.

Licenses/Certifications

None

Professional Appointments

None

Awards/Recognition

None

Medical/Professional Internships

None


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has two business conference publications.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • In 2006-2007, Expert participated as one of a team of experts retained by DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC to explore the possibility of creating new business opportunities by leveraging/combining several existing core technology capabilities, and/or developing or acquiring new technologies.This project was active for just over ten months.
  • In 2007-2012, Expert was retained by a client's project team whose task was to assess the HDPE process technology of a company being considered for acquisition. A unique aspect of this assignment was the very low molecular weight of the target HDPE material, and the vintage nature of the process technology being employed. The HDPE material is a critical component in the client's digital printing ink formulations.
  • In 2010-2013, Expert was retained by Bain Capital, and later by Styron LLC (now Trinseo LLC), to assess leveraged service contracts being proposed by Dow Chemical (from which Styron was a spin-off), and to perform an audit of Styron's global R&D assets (people, facilities, project portfolios, leadership, etc.), and to work with Styron to optimize their overall R&D work-process with particular attention paid to opportunities to leverage assets and knowledge across and among business platforms.
  • In 2007-2009, Expert engaged in helping a client identify an alternate source of a unique ethylene/vinyl-acetate copolymer which is a critical component of a high value implantable medical device. Options being considered include self-manufacture via very high pressure, continuous free radical polymerization.
  • In 2012-2014, Expert was retained to serve as interim CTO and Site Operations Manger for a small, venture capital funded start-up in Princeton, NJ, that was working to develop and scale-up a breakthrough process for converting carbon dioxide into industrial chemicals using a proprietary catalytic electrochemical technology. Expert proceeded to implement an OSHA compliant laboratory safety program, implement an intellectual property strategy and work-process, develop and implement task appropriate GLP (good laboratory practice) protocols, and drive documentation of experimental plans and results. Expert also introduced DOE (Design of Experiments) methodology and instituted a "Do It Safely, Or Don't Do It" philosophy.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Consulting on a EPDM Pilot Plant Assistance.
  • Electrometric materials expert needed for consulting on Developing/improving foamed elastomeric compounds for use in athletic footwear.
  • Expert in Straight Chain Polyethylene *dk*.
  • PEVA expert for consulting on custom manufacturing.
  • Expert in straight chain polyethylene to identify optimum reaction mechanism.
  • Expert in Detailed plant design, including high pressure reactor.
  • Expert in EPDM Seal.
  • Expert in Straight Chain Polyethylene.
  • Expert in Design of Falling Strand Evaporator in Polyethylene Process.
  • Expert for consulting on Polyolefin materials and catalysts - market needs & development
  • Expert for consulting on Thermoplastic Elastomer Selection and Processing.
  • Expert in Chinese Company in Need of with Relating to Chloroprene Technology.
  • Expert in EPDM Elastomer for consulting on EPDM Gasket Selection for Pharma Packaging.
  • Expert for consulting on Extruder selection for devolatilization in solution polymerization process.
  • Polyalphaolefins expert for consulting on polyalphaolefins.
  • Expert to assist in Switching from PVC to Polyethylene film
  • Expert for consulting on glass fiber filtration material and nanotech filtration material.
  • Expert in Optical Index Matching Fluid for PMMA/Elastomer System.
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:
None
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Polymers including polychloroprene.
  • Expert in LDPE for accident investigation - loss incident.
  • Expert in inhalation of hydrofloric acid as a result of teflon deterioration for litigation.
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 2005   Western Europe & Asia   While at DuPont Dow, Expert managed lab facilites and technical organizations in Geneva, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; and was in the final stages of commissioning a lab unit in Shanghai, China at the time of DuPont Dow's dissolution.
1993 to 1996   Western Europe & Asia   While at Dow Chemical, managed lab facilities located in Rhinemunster, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and Gotemba, Japan.
1991 to 1993   Canada   While at Dow Chemical Canada, Expert managed lab facilties located in Sarnia, Ontario and Ft. Saskatechwan, Alberta.

Market Research:
At the time of his retirement in 2005, Expert had accumulated extensive knowledge of the global polyethylene business, including technologies, producers, applications, markets and customers. Ten years later, some of this knowledge in no longer current. However, Expert still possesses detailed knowledge of all major polyethylene processes including slurry, solution (both Ziegler-Natta and metallocene catalyzed), and high pressure (both autoclave and tubular). As a member of various global business teams, applied the concept of "margin velocity" to optimizing product offerings and production schedules, and he has participated in multiple broad scope competitive technology and business assesments.

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

None

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

While at Dow, Expert served as leader of a new large-scale polyethylene pilot plant design, construction and start-up team, where he oversaw equipment specification and vendor selection for a wide range of equipment including compressors, pumps, purification beds, instruments & process control systems, polymer gear pumps, heat exchangers, and underwater pelletizers. He has also been involved in selecting raw material and contract service providers. As head of I.T. for DuPont Dow, Expert was responsible for the services outsourcing strategy including run/support for the stand-alone SAP application, and network and desktop computing environments.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of the R&D work process, the application of formal technology status assessment, chemical process trouble-shooting and optimization, developing new processes and products, identifying new research opportunities, creating business-aligned R&D strategies and monitoring R&D productivity, and developing and implementing intellectual property protection strategies and processes. Expert is also highly experienced in the use of proven R&D and business productivity processes and tools such as Visioning, Kepner-Tregoe Product-Market Analysis, Planned Innovation, Design For Six Sigma and, Stage-Gate Development, and Lean Manufacturing. As head of I.T. for DuPont Dow, Expert pioneered developing and employing web-based knowledge management tools to support internal knowledge capture and retrieval, creating virtual global laboratories from a collection of formerly independent regional lab units, and providing real-time self-service customer technical support. As a founding member of DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC., Expert participated in the formation and start-up of a brand new company against a background of exceptionally high expectations related to new technology implementation rate and growth far exceeding elastomer industry norms. He directed the creation of a lean, highly flexible global, remarkably effective R&D enterprise forged from two geographically diffuse technical organizations, each with a deeply ingrained culture and widely differing recent histories. In 2005, after DuPont and Dow determined to terminate their joint venture of nine years, Expert oversaw the dissolution of the R&D and I.T. organizations in a manner that minimized the negative impact on employees and customers.


 

Need the right expert?  We can help!

home       find an expert       request an expert       join our network       about us

Intota is now ORC Expert Advisory Services

FOLLOW ORC ON