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Expert in Radical Polymerization Processes

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South Africa
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He obtained a training in synthetic polymer chemistry, and specialized in physical polymer chemistry lateron. He was involved in kinetic studies of radical copolymerization reactions. On the basis of that he was able to assist a number of companies in the optimization of copolymerization processes. One of the largest challenges that he successfully tackled was the conversion of an existing polymerization plant from one type of copolymerization to another, i.e. the plant was designed for the production of a specific copolymer, but was later converted to the copolymerization of another comonomer pair. Lab scale polymerization experiments to find the optimum feed conditions, calculations related to safety, and heat management were conducted in this collaborative project. His strongest points are his pragmatic approach towards solving problems, his creativity in finding solutions to questions/challenges, and his broad knowledge of the field of radical (co)polymerization, including the three main streams in living radical polymerization (nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP), atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer mediated polymerization (RAFT)).

polymer chemistry


synthetic polymer chemistry

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1985   MSc   chemistry and chemical engineering   Twente University, the Netherlands  
1994   PhD   polymer chemistry   (Undisclosed University)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to


(Undisclosed University)


Chemistry and Polymer Science


Research Professor


He is holder of a South African Research Chair on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures. His research centers around the synthesis, characterization and application of polymers for advanced applications.

1995 to


(Undisclosed University)


Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Associate Professor


He was responsible for teaching the Polymer Chemistry course, and contributed to several other polymer related courses. His research centers around living radical polymerization.

1985 to 1994


DSM Research


Engineering Plastics


research associate


He carried out research in the field of ABS emulsion polymerization for an initial 2.5 years. After that he became the responsible person for polymer chemistry research on poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (SMA).

Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV).

Professional Appointments

He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the European Polymer Journal, and has served a three year term on the editorial advisory board of Macromolecules


He was one of the first twenty scientists to be awarded a South African Research Chair. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 6 patents, and 6 chapters in books.

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He served as an expert witness in two patent cases during the period when he worked at DSM Research. This was during hearings at the European Patent Office in Munich.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1998 to 2000   USA   He was involved in the development of a model to describe a radical copolymerization process.
1999 to   South Africa   Consultancy with a company on the production process of crosslinked beads in a heterogeneous polymerization process.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Dutch   He is fluent in Dutch. Dutch is his mother tongue.
English   He is fluent in English. The majority of his scientific work in written and verbal form takes place in English.
German   He has a reasonable knowledge of German. Able to read, and understand. A bit more difficulties to speak.

Market Research:
He has some insights in the industry related to radical polymerization processes.He has significant knowledge in the specific area of styrene - maleic anhydride copolymers.

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Additional Skills and Services:

He has given courses in the field of Polymer Chemistry to various audiences, ranging from introductory courses for non-chemists to synthetic aspects of coatings, and state-of-the-art courses in the field of living radical polymerization.


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