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 Expert  725391

Expert in Process Inorganic Chemistry and Liquid Solid Crystallization and Fluid Bed Processes

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He was deeply involved in a large segment of inorganic chemistry within SOLVAY who is a major actor (3 billions Euros turn over in inorganic chemicals). Expertise area covers most of steps of processes with special emphasis on crystallization: liquid solid crystallizer: mixed crystallizers, swenson type crystallizers and specially OSLO crystallizers:

New process Fluid bed for Percarbonate of sodium (Tavaux and Houston). New Industrial process : Oslo Crystallizer for salt 5 mm pearls (Bayonne). Large Crystallizer of monohydrate of sodium for soda ash plant ( Torrelavega and Bernbourg). Start-up and production of dangerous products in EUROPE and USA(300000T/Year). New concept of Satellites plants for PCC.

Gas solid crystallizers with fluid bed process: New process Fluid bed for Percarbonate of sodium (Tavaux and Houston).

Responsible for large environmental procedure covering contact with several government in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Italy. These procedures were related to disposal of very large waste of calcium chloride coming from large soda ash plant For years, he was involved in governments agencies and authorities to find acceptable solutions to disposal in river and seas.


applied inorganic chemistry


inorganic chemistry


new chemical process operations

He was responsible, initiator and developer of NETREC process which treat mainly municipal flue gas from incinerator with bicarbonate and recycle the solid solt resulting of treatment. The business is now larger than 100 000 t bicarbonate per year.

air pollution process


flue gas

Carbon dioxide absorption is a frequent step in soda ash industry. So the expert has a large experience in the field of absorption of CO2 in caustic soda, potassium hydroxide, soda ash solution and ammonia solution.

carbon dioxide absorption

From 2000 to 200 , he was director of new business development at corporate level and responsible for the inorganic part.

One of the main project was the management of a large European project for the treatment of drinking water and waste water with a new product called sodium or potassium ferrate ( Fe6+) in cooperation with 4 universities and 4 chemical companies.


wastewater recycling

For 15 years he participated in the contact with the pharmaceutical industry to establish the procedures and the quality control. In particular, he was deeply involved in the new technology of dialysis of the major actors and the move to solid inorganic chemicals and specifically sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride in solid granular form.

This is a very important business in terms of volume, price, quality and assistance to pharmaceutical customers.


pharmaceutical product development

From 2000 to 2007, the stage gate process was the standard methodology used in Solvay's development.

stage gate process


new product development management

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   Master Sciences   Chemical Engineering   Stanford University US CA   A-
1967   Engineering Degree   Physics   University Liege Belgium   Greatest Distinction

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to 2007




New Business Development


Director of New Business Development


He is Responsible for New Business Development in inorganic field of Solvay.

1982 to 2000




R&D Management


Director of R&D Inorganic


He is responsible for the main R&D center in inorganic chemicals for SOLVAY located in France besides a large soda ash plant. He is also the R&D director for two large business units: soda ash BU and salt BU. Local responsibilities includes the A&QC lab of the plant and management of Environment of the plant (soda ashplant, calcium chloride and electrolysis).

1980 to 1982






Manufacturing Manager


He is responsible for the start up and operations of two new large productions plants in HOUSTON US; these plants were the hydrogen peroxide plant and the sodium percarbonate plant; both are still in operation in HOUSTON TEXAS.

1977 to 1980




INTEROX in Tavaux Plant in FRANCE


Head of Production Plant


He is responsible for production and process for 3 plants: hydrogen peroxide , perborate of sodium and the new technology (in 1977) of percarbonate of sodium by fluid bed process.

1967 to 1977






Several positions


He was responsible for several large project.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has about 15 publications and holds 39 patents with more than 600 extensions

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Description
1990 to 1998   French & Italian Authorities   Manager of two major public enquiries for disposal of calcium chloride wast

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Consulting experience for assistance to a major customer to help build a small plant for recovering waste as useful product.
  • Since 2006, he's been a consultant for a small company named ECOPHOS active in new process for fertilizer and feed industry.
  • Numerous experience of internal consulting within SOLVAY. Recognised as the expert in inorganic chemistry and in particular in crystallization.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in chlor-alkali electrolysis cells for consulting on KOH.
  • Expert for consulting on Salts to dissolve slowly in water
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1969 to 1970   France Solvay Tavaux plant   He is responsible for Operation of a very large pilot plant for recovery of chlorine from HCL; Technology Moving beds; Grosvenor Miller Process.
1977 to 1980   France   He is responsible for Process and production manager of interox plant in Tavaux France; start-up of new fluid bed percarbonate process.
1980 to 1982   USA   He is responsible for Start up of large hydrogen peroxide plant and percarbonate plant in HOUSTON.
1982 to 2000   France   He is R&D manager and director of research for two major business unit and director of R&D centre. On this 18 years period several major new projects were successful and brought to industrial scale including several large crystallization plant.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   This is his mother language
English   He has a very large experience of working in English or American English environment

Market Research:
Specific insight in inorganic chemistry and more specifically : soda ash industry, calcium chloride, salt (sodium chloride), precipitated calcium carbonate, barium business, chlorine, phosphate and fertiliser industry.

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Additional Skills and Services:

Several Internal seminars for training of engineers. 8 weeks program for Executive in business at Fontainebleau in France INSEAD.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Experience of contact and negotiations with engineering firms supplying equipment.

Other Skills and Services

Real and deep experience in crystallization (from lab, small pilot, large pilot and industrial start-up). Owner of a large number of patent all in inorganic field and related process Special knowledge of liquid solid crystallizer technology with several successful industrial projects. Special knowledge in fluid bed process.


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