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 Expert  724923

Expert in Surfactant Formulations, Microemulsions, Colloidal Dispersion, Improved Oil Recovery, etc.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Oklahoma (OK)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has applied his understanding of adsorption theory and phenomenon for contaminant fate and transport, for environmental cleanup and technologies development. He is also familiar with the interactions of surfactant and solid media, and adsorption of organic contaminants and other non-reactive media such as activated carbon or reactive media, such as zero-valent iron or complex organic materials like compost. His prior research also included adsorption behavior of surface and ground water tracers for environmental application.


Expert has been involved in using chemical flooding for soil and ground water remediation in the last fifteen years. He has conducted pioneering research in designing and successfully implementing this technology for more than two dozens full-scale site remediation tasks. He also holds several US patents related to use of chemical flooding for site remediation. His recent chemical flooding interests also includes applying for improved oil recovery.

chemical flooding

Expert's research interests include studying the colloid particles, formation, and their dispersion. He was involved in developing iron/iron oxide particles (sub-micron size), surfactant precipitates and behaviors, and recently dispersion of nano-scale iron particles. He also uses this knowledge to resolve well plugging issues as a result of soil clay mineral dispersion by the change of water chemistry and surfactant injection. He has one US pending patent on dispersion of nano-iron particles for environmental cleanup application.


Expert's understanding of colloid and interface chemistry play a crucial role on his responsibilities of acting as a senior engineer to design environmental remediation system for soil and ground water remediation. He had developed several patented technologies by successfully modify the surfactant system to achieve the desired performances for remediation both technically and economically. His interest also include microemulsions (thermodynamically stable), their behaviors and formulations. His background also helps his clients to resolve some colloidal dispersion issues and surface modification for innovative applications, such as materials science, ceramic materials and environmental remediation.

colloid and interface chemistry


interfacial tension

Expert has investigated use of a series of soap for various applications in last two decades. Although he has worked on mainly anionic soaps, his research also includes use of mixed anionic/non-ionic, anionic/cationic/non-ionic soaps. His study involved most food-grade (direct or in-direct) soaps in particular for environmental remediation, while he is also familiar with soaps for consumer products applications and petroleum use, such as improved oil recovery. In recent years, he had developed several unique surfactant system approaching CMC level to significantly reduce the project cost by chemical saving.

common soap






surfactant chemistry

Expert has studied the interactions between the surfactant and cosurfactant, the role of cosurfactants in formulation of microemulsions. His research interest is focusing on improving the performance of key surfactant by reducing the dosage of surfactant, minimizing the recovered water treatment while in the presence of cosurfactant. His research focused on those biodegradable, low toxic cosurfactants for environmental application.


Expert has more than fifteen years experiences related to environmental cleanup and cleanup technologies. Before going back to academia in '08, he was in charge of developing the core remedial technologies for soil and ground water contamination at a private sector. He holds several US patents related to surfactant flush which have been successfully used in removal of non-aqueous phase liquid and dissolved phase organic pollutants. He also involved in designing remedial processes for inorganic pollutants such as chromate and nitrate. His research interests included both abiotic and biotic processes for site remediation.

environmental cleanup


environmental cleanup technology


environmental remediation


environmental restoration


oil environmental contamination process


site remediation


soil remediation


water remediation

Expert has been involved in engineering design for environmental cleanup efforts for more than fifteen years. His background are closely related to in situ remedial system, above ground water treatment system, and physical-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment.

environmental engineering

Expert has very strong background on liquid and solid wastes treatment. His research interest is mainly on applying physical-chemical processes to solve the challenging questions for handling hazardous wastes. He has conducted research directly or indirectly related to most organic pollutants and some limited experiences on inorganic contaminants, but not radionuclides or biological wastes.

hazardous waste remediation

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;  Tulsa, Oklahoma;  Norman, Oklahoma;  Lawton, Oklahoma;  Broken Arrow, Oklahoma;  and Edmond, Oklahoma.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1995   PhD   Civil Engineering   The University of Oklahoma  
1992   MS   Civil Engineering   The University of Oklahoma  
1990   MS   Chemical Engineering   The University of Oklahoma  
1983   BS   Chemical Engineering   Chung-Yuan Christian University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

2005 to 2008


The University of Oklahoma


School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Affiliate Assistant Professor


1999 to 2008


Surbec Environmental, L.L.C



Director of Surfactant Technology & Senior Project Manager


2002 to 2004


The University of Oklahoma


School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Adjunct Instructor


1997 to 1999


ManTech Environmental Research Services Corp. Ada



Senior Scientist


1996 to 1997


The University of Oklahoma


School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Research Associate


1995 to 1996


The University of Oklahoma


School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Visiting Research Associate


1991 to 1995


The University of Oklahoma


School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Research Assistant


1988 to 1990


The University of Oklahoma


School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


Research Assistant


Career Accomplishments:

American Chemical Society; National Ground Water Association (AGWSE); Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society)


PE: Oklahoma; Remediation Consultant: Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Petroleum Storage Tank Division – No. 1672

Publications and Patents Summary

Numerous publications and presentations.

Four patents: 2 pending

1. In-situ Surfactant and Chemical Oxidant Flushing for Complete Remediation of Contaminants and Methods of Using Same.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Colloid and Interface Science  
 - American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium  
 - Environmental Practices  
 - Journal of Contaminant Hydrology  
 - Marcell Dekker, Inc.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Conducted two dozens full-scale field projects using surfactant flushing technique at industrial sites (Wyoming, MI, Golden, OK, Taiwan, Japan) and DOD sites (Hill AFB, NAVY Alameda Point, McClellan AFB, Dover AFB, Tinker AFB).
  • Developed an innovative permeable reactive barrier system for treating inorganic contaminants such as nitrate and Cr(VI) for a U.S. EPA funded project.
  • Designed a unique methodology to characterize the performance of redox reactions in the PRBs.
  • Developed low concentration chemical oxidation system for remediation of dissolved phase contaminants.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for surfactant applications for consulting on Surfactants used in oilfield operations.
  • Expert in enhanced oil and gas recovery for consulting on premeditative measures for enhancing productivity.
  • Expert in oilfield chemicals for consulting on colloidal micelle cleaning solutions, downhole applications.
  • Expert for consulting on Selection of lubricants for high temperature downhole motors.
  • Chemical expert for emulsions and surfactant blends used in firefighting.
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Expert Witness:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1983 to 1988   Taiwan   Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Lung-Tan:

Research Assistant and promoted to Assistant Research Associate

Additional Skills and Services:

He conducted training classes on surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation in US and overseas (Taiwan)


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