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 Expert  728940

Expert in Chemical Process and Catalyst Technologies, Licensing, R&D, Engineering, General Management


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. His work as a consultant has broadened his chemical industry knowledge so that today he is knowledgeable in virtually all of the chemical and petrochemical process technologies used in the global chemical industry. Some of his consulting work has involved doing market research on the possible markets for new catalysts and chemical products, or new ways to produce those catalysts and products. He gained substantial experience managing industrial catalyst manufacturing and starting up petrochemical plants.
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chemical industry

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chemical industry market research

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competitive chemical production analysis

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petrochemical process

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petrochemical

Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. The second half of his industrial career was in general management of a catalyst development and production facility, and as president of Halcon International, where he was responsible for process and catalyst development, engineering, licensing, and sales to the world-wide petrochemical market. He gained substantial operating experience managing industrial catalyst manufacturing and starting up petrochemical plants. He served as an expert witness in a case involving catalyst production, process plant design, and contractual matters.
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chemical management

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petrochemical operations

Expert spent his industrial career first as a process and catalyst development engineer, and ending up as the president of two organizations, each involved in developing and licensing chemical processes and developing and selling heterogeneous catalysts to the global chemical industry. In industry, he started up and ran a continuous pilot plant for ethylene oxide production, led the continous improvement of that process technology including conversion of the operation from air to oxygen feed operations. He led the start up of many ethylene oxide plants including the first two to be converted to the new oxygen process. He managed process develop for several other process technologies, and also led the R&D effort to develop improved ethylene oxide and maleic anhydride catalysts. As a consultant, he has assisted a number of organizations in small scale and pilot plant research, and advised some on their path to commercialization. Also as a consultant, he has reviewed proposals and R&D projects funded by the Department of Energy, in all areas of chemical technology, novel separations, novel reactor systems, etc.
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chemical technology innovation

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chemical engineering

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chemical pilot plant development

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chemical process design

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chemical research and development

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chemical technology

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petrochemical process plant designing

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petrochemical reactor

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petrochemical-related design

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process engineering

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process technology


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Specialty Chemicals and Plastics, Marketing and Business...
Chemical Engineering
Bionewable Conversion Processes, Homogeneous and...
Fossil Fuel Hydroprocessing

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1978   Master's in Business Policy   General Management   Columbia Business School  
1963   D. Eng. Sci   Chemical Engineering   Columbia School of Engineering   Monsanto Fellow
1958   M.S.   Chemical Engineering   Columbia School of Engineering  
1956   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   Columbia School of Engineering  
1955   A.B.   Pre-engineering   Columbia College   Ford Foundation Scholarship

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President and Principal

 

He is sole practitioner in a consultancy, for industrial and government clients, or as subcontractor to consultants, forensic consulting firms, and as an expert witness for the outside counsel of a major multinational chemical firm.

1988 to 2000

 

Scientific Design Company, Inc.

 


 

President and CEO

 

He was fully responsible for P&L and general management of the company, reporting to the parent company, Linde Engineering in Munich, Germany.

1987 to 1998

 

Chem Systems, Inc.

 


 

Director, Process Eval/Research Planning

 

Managed the company's largest multiclient program, including supervising preparation of technical reports, and chairing technical meetings with groups of clients worldwide

1983 to 1987

 

Halcon International

 


 

President

 

P&L and general management responsibility for a 600 person R&D and engineering organization, reporting to the owner, Texas Eastern Corporation in Houston,TX.

1960 to 1983

 

Scientific Design/Halcon International, Inc.

 

Various

 

Development Engineer to VP Technology

 

Development of process technology for ethylene oxide and other process technologies, ran pilot plant for EO, managed commercialization of process improvements, managed triannual EO Licensees' meetings worldwide, started up many EO plants, investigated several plant problems and accidents.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

AIChE - Past Director, Past Chair Management Division, Fellow;

ACC&CE - Past President;

Societe de Chimie Industrialle, Past VP Finance.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has two patents in many countries in the ethylene oxide field. He has four publications on work he has done for DOE on their Industiral Technologies Program website.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2001 to   US Department of Energy   Reviewer   He participated in many peer reviews and managed two such reviews for chemicals and Forest Products
2003 to   US Department of Energy   He carried out studies   He participated or led several multi-year projects to develop software or information to aid DOE in evaluating proposed R&D projects
2007 to 2007   IRS   R&D expert support   He supported the expert witness as a subcontractor to a forensic consulting firm in a dispute involving R&D investment tax credits

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He reviewed the status of R&D for a multinational energy company developing a petrochemical technology they intended to commercialize. His role was to advise what level of larger scale research was necessary before committing to investing in the commercial facility.
  • He had several assignments where he reviewed the R&D status for start up companies, evaluating whether these technologies could be developed to economically viable processes, and how they might be implemented. This included both techical and economic valuations plus patent review.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Catalyst manufacturers.
  • Expert for consulting on Potential product for new market: gas detection for LNG industry.
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 performed one expert witness task, covering several years, and including analyzing discovery items, writing expert report, reviewing and critiquing opposing expert report, rebutting comments on own report, deposition before opponent's lawyers, and expert testimony in the Southern District Federal Court in New York City.

He has worked for several forensic consulting firms, supporting the development of expert witness reports, covering technical and business issues involving multinational chemical and utilities companies, government agencies, etc.

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
1964 to 1964   Japan and Australia   He advised two scientific design ethylene oxide licensees on the start up of their new plants, and he led the start up team in the commissioning of an EO plant for a new licensee.

He spent several weeks in Sydney, Australia advixing anothre EO licensee concerning chemical cleaning and passivation of process equipment

1970 to 1970   Sweden   He managed startup team at startup of licensee's EO plant that had been expanded and converted to use of pure oxygen feed.
1970 to 1970   Japan   He managed startup team at start up of licensee's EO plant that had been expanded and convereted to use of pure oxygen feed.
1988 to 2000   Germany   He was president of US subsidiary of large German engineering firm, and spent up to weeks at a time in Munich during his presidency, reporting to a senior German executive.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Italian   He is fluent
French   He can read, but in writing and speaking, vocabulary is somewhat limited.
  He can read technical German
  He can read Spanish

Market Research:
He has developed strong insights on the operation of the US and global chemical industry. He has also developed a strong knowledge of the global history, status and potential future of fuels, feedstocks, and energy consumptions in various sectors. He is very familiar with the technologies being used by chemical producers and other process industry producers around the world, and the cost drivers associated with these.

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

He has developed a training course for US DOE for a software product that he had developed to compare expected performance of new technology against current technology. He has presented seminars on consulting, on managing a technology company, and on hydrocarbon vapor flammability testing. He presented a seminar on the global energy balance history and future.


 

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