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 Expert  729203

Expert in Characterization and Development of Silica/Silicate Based Materials

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has been responsible for characterizing and developing silica based materials, in particular silica, silicate and zeolite catalyst supports and absorbents at his two employers, PQ Corporation and W.R. Grace. He used many modern analytical intruments for characterizing these materials. He managed an analytical chemistry department at PQ and was also a Senior Research Fellow. He is an author of more than 20 peer reviewed research publications and inventor of 5 patents. He worked with corporate engineering, sales, marketing and production personnel. He interfaced with corporate customers. Since retirement from PQ he has consulted with several clients on silica based materials and was an expert witness in a patent infringement case.

absorbent material


catalyst support


colloidal silica






silica chemistry


silica gel


silicate chemistry


silicon dioxide


sodium silicate

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
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;  Trenton, New Jersey;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Allentown, Pennsylvania;  and Baltimore, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

Applied Silica Chemistry
Industrial Mineral FiIlers, Coupling Agents, Silanes, and...
Fossil Fuel Hydroprocessing
Bionewable Conversion Processes, Homogeneous and...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1965   PhD   Physical Chemistry   University of Minnesota  
1959   BS   Chemistry   University of Rochester  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1977 to 1999


PQ Corporation


Research and Development


Senior Research Fellow


He managed Analytical Chemistry department. Then he implemented a major silicate chemistry project resulting in patents

1968 to 1977


W R Grace


Davison Division R&D


Senior Research Chemist


He was responsible for analysis and characterization of silica and zeolite products.

1965 to 1968


US Air Force



Chemist- First Lieutenant


He was responsible for research on missile materials.

Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and a past member of the American Chemical Society and American Society for Testing of Materials.


He received the PQ R&D Achievement Award for Technical Excellence.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Physical Chemistry  
 - Silanes, Surfaces and Interfaces  
 - Journal of Material Science  
 - Journal of Catalysis  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1965 to 1968   United States Air Force   Chemist- 1st Lt.   He tested Minuteman propellant for aging degradation. He studied laser irradiation effects on missile nose cone material.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was an expert witness in a patent infringement case involving manufacture of a precipitated silica. He arranged for testing of opponent's material and evaluated test results, then wrote an expert report. He was deposed by opponent's counsel but case did not go to trial.
  • He advised a manufacturer of photovoltaic silicon cells on how to dispose of a silicate waste stream
  • He evaluated the properties of a precipitated silica used in rubber tire manufacture and also evaluated the manufacturing facility for making this product.
  • He evaluated the manufacture of food grade magnesium silicate, analyzed test results and suggested additional applications for this product.
  • He worked on a project to assist a precipitated silica manufacturer on how raw materials might affect product performance.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Characterisation of silica particles.
  • Expert in Scale up of Silica Catalyst Production from Test tube to Commercial Production.
  • Expert for consulting on Silica gel for protein adsorption, bio diesel purification, polyol purification.
  • Expert in silica for consulting on Improved Processing of High Structure Silica.
  • Expert for consulting on Production of commercial grade precipitated silica from fluorsilicic acid and ammonium hydroxide or ahydrous ammonium
  • Expert for consulting on Preciptated silica sample preparation/analysis
  • Expert for consulting on Energy security power generation.
  • Expert for consulting on experience formulator of defoamers/ anti-foam agents.
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 was an expert witness in a patent infringement case. He wrote expert reports and was deposed by opposition counsel. The case was settled out of court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in bound water in silica gels for consulting on silica gel issues.
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
2007 to 2007   Mexico   He visited a precipitated silica plant in Mexico and made suggestions on how to manufacture silica suitable for the rubber tire industry.

Market Research:
He is familiar with catalyst and adsorbent applications in the chemical and petroleum industries. He has also worked in applications involving fillers, corrosion and oil and gas drilling. He also has some experience with food grade products.

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 was a subcommittee chair for an ACS Symposium on Soluble Silicates.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He worked closely with chemical and equipment vendors, made purchasing decisions.


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