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 Expert  724446

Expert in Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Flammability, Golf Ball and Sports Equipment, Rubbers and Plastics

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
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The consultant has a number of years of experience in the performance of anionic polymerization ranging from simple Schlenk techniques or High-Vacuum techniques in the research laboratory to the manufacture of diene and styrene based polymers in industry.

The consultant has employed Diels-Alder cycloadditions to a number or research program in the course of his independent scientific career.

The consultant has prepared elastomers in both a research laboratory setting and at the industrial scale.

The consultant is regularly involved with the preparation of well-defined homopolymers that are either amorphous, with glass transitions temperature either above or below ambient, or semi-crystalline samples by a number of synthetic methodologies. The preparative methods employed include; living anionic polymerization, living or controlled radical polymerization, transition metal catalyzed polymerizations as well as standard step-growth polymerizations.

The consultant has direct first-hand experience with plastic manufacturing from semi-pilot, to pilot and finally to full scale industrial manufacture as a result of his six year of employment by DuPont prior to his return to academia.

The consultant was employed by DuPont in the mid-1990s in both the Nylon Intermediates and Central Research and Development Department. After this experience he then returned to academia.

The consultant is a faculty member in the top ranked Polymer Science and Engineering Department in the United States and has an excellent knowledge base of polymers and polymer applications in numerous industrial settings.

The consultant is an expert in the application of traditional polymer chemistry synthetic methods for the preparation of known and novel polymer compositions. The consultant has independently developed new synthetic polymer chemistries over the course of his research career both in industry and in academia.

Since 1999 the Consultant has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration's Fire-Safety technical research organization for the development of less flammable polymers and polymer composites for use in aircraft interiors and other areas of limited egress.

Post polymerization modification of polymers is an area in which the consultant has considerable expertise. Using traditional and newly developed polymer modification chemistries tailored physical and mechanical properties can be introduced to base polymers further extending the useful range.

The general area of polymer science comprises the fundamentals of polymer chemistry, polymer physics and polymer engineering. In his industrial and academic career the Consultant has amassed extensive knowledge, both practical and theoretical, on the full scope of topics that reside under the umbrella term of polymer science.

The consultant has mastered the application of the full set of organic chemistry transformations that are required for the preparation of tailored small molecules, i.e. monomers.


anionic polymerization


Diels-Alder reaction






plastic manufacturing


polyamide synthesis




polymer application


polymer chemistry


synthetic polymer chemistry


polymer flammability


polymer modification


polymer modification chemistry


polymer science


synthetic organic chemistry

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  Waterbury, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1988   BA   Chemistry   Grinnell College  
1993   PhD   Chemistry   California Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

2005 to 2008


University of Massachusetts Amherst


Polymer Science and Engineering


Associate Professor


1999 to 2005


University of Massachusetts Amherst


Polymer Science and Engineering


Assistant Professor


1995 to 1999




Central Research and Development


Research Scientist


1993 to 1995




Central Research and Development


Visiting Scientist


2009 to 2015


University of Massachusetts Amherst


Polymer Science and Engineering




Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Material Research Society (MRS). Within the ACS he has served as an executive officer in the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division since 2003


He is the recipient of the National Science Foundations CAREER Award recognizing outstanding accomplishments of young investigators. He has been awarded faculty research awards from DuPont, 3M

Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author of more than 60 peer reviewed scientific publications and holds 21 United States or International Patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - American Chemical Society (ACS) Macromolecules  
 - Advanced Materials  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has been an expert witness for litigation involving golf ball manufacturer and patent infringement regarding golf ball core formulations.
  • He has been an expert witness for a case involving potential trade secret violations between industrial partners involved in tire manufacturing
  • His consulting services have been sought by several Fortune 500 chemical and materials manufacturing companies.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Thermoplastic Elastomer Selection and Processing.
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 has served as an expert witness in a case brought before the US District Court, District of Delaware in 2007, and has consulted with several law firms and their clients in the discovery and pre-discovery phase of lawsuits
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Polymers including polychloroprene.
  • Expert polymer physics for consulting on Polymer Heat and Fire Reaction.
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
2006 to 2007   Germany   He was the recipient of a fellowship from the Max Planck Society to support research at a Max Planck Institute
1998 to 1999   Italy   He was involved with the pilot plant trials for evaluation of novel polyolefin manufacturing
2003 to 2004   India   Guest Scientist and short course lecturer at a large Indian Petrochemical company.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   The consultant has the ability to speak and read German, as well a some ability to write.
Italian   The consultant has passing familiarity with spoke and written Italian.
Spanish   The consultant has passing familiarity with spoke and written Spanish.

Market Research:
He is an expert in Polyolefin Catalysis, the manufacturer of Rubbers and Elastomers, and the application of polymeric materials in the Golf Ball and Tire Industries, as well as the use of polymers in Pharmaceuticals and Bio-medical devices

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 has taught polymer chemistry tutorials in both the United States and abroad.


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