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 Expert  729300

Expert in Battery Separators, High Temperature Polymers, and Plastic Films

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

North Carolina (NC)
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Expert has published approximately 50 papers and holds 17 US patents in various aspects of plastics technology and research. Throughout his career, he has held various technical and mangament positions with a variety of organizations including Celanese, EniChem America, Applied Extrusion Technologies Films and most recently Celgard. During this most recent position with Celgard, he was a Group Leader in the R&D group, leading a team in the development of new battery separators for use in lithium ion batteries. In all of his work, the main focus has been the development of structure/property/processing relationships as a way to optimize the properties and applications of new materials.

microporous membrane


oriented polymer film


polymer film property

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina;  Greensboro, North Carolina;  Winston Salem, North Carolina;  High Point, North Carolina;  Asheville, North Carolina;  Gastonia, North Carolina;  Concord, North Carolina;  Columbia, South Carolina;  and Greenville, South Carolina.

Often requested
with this expert:

Battery Design and Simulation
Lithium Batteries
Batteries and Battery Interfaces: System Design and Analysis
Electrochemical Power Sources

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1983   PhD   Chemistry   Illinois Institute of Technology  
1982   MS   Chemistry   Illinois Institute of Technology  
1979   BS   Chemistry   Carroll College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to 2009




Research and Development


Staff Scientist/Group Leader


Led group of people in development of new battery separators for use in lithium ion batteries.

1994 to 2002


Applied Extrusion Technologies Films


Research and Development


Research Scientist


Was responsible for scouting activities in new areas for biaxially oriented films.

1989 to 1994


EniChem America


Research & Development


Senior Scientist


Developed and lead project company-wide project in microwave processing of polymers.

1984 to 1989




Research and Development


Senior Research Chemist


Developed polymer characterization laboratory which was focused on high temperature polymers and blends and alloys of those materials.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of American Chemical Society.

Professional Appointments

Expert serves as an Editorial Adviser to Woodhead Publishing in the area of polymer technology. He has also served as a book reviewer for Polymer News.


Expert had held appointments as an Adjunct Professor in Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University as well as an Industrial Visiting Scientist at NIST.

Medical/Professional Internships

He has held a joint Post-Doctoral appointment with University of Massachusetts/Amherst and Celanese.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has published approximately 50 papers, holds 35 patents, of which 17 are US patents and has recently authored two books, one on biaxial stretching of films and one on high temperature polymer blends. He has also contributed several book chapters on different topics.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Handbook of Textile Fiber Structure, Woodhead Publishing  
 - Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting  
 - Polymer Engineering & Science  
 - Polymers for Advanced Technologies  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1984 to 1989   DoD   Technical Investigator   Expert was one of the principal investigators for a project focused on developing high temperature materials to be used in aerospace applications.
1992 to 1994   NIST   Principal Investigator   He worked with NIST personnel developing experimental techniques for monitoring chemical reactions.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert helped a company develop and define a new program in the area of energy storage and batteries. In that consulting role, he developed contacts with both academic and industrial partners to effectively put the company on a fast learning curve in a new technological area for them.
  • Expert acted as a consultant for a company in the food packaging area that was interested in expanding into new areas. As a result of that consulting assignment, the company is presently defining a program in the area of battery separators.
  • Expert traveled to a company in Asia to assess their battery separator technology for possible purchase by a client. After the trip was complete, he provided feedback and recommendations to top management as to additional information that needed to be gathered prior to the acquisition.
  • Expert served as an Expert in the field of High Temperature Polymers for a client who was interested in developing new applications for their polymers. As the Expert for the project, he conducted phone interviews with potential customers and gathered background information which was presented to the client for their new product development efforts.
  • Expert worked with a company in the flexibel circuit business defining a new process to use microwave energy in the part production. That interaction lead to a reduction in the processing time of a factor of about 10 and, thus, reduced the company's production costs.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Due Diligence For Potential Investment In Novel Li-ion Separator Technology.
  • Expert for consulting on stabilizing additives for plastic films.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Lithium ion battery expert for consulting on litigation concerning smoking/burning Li batteries in mobile device.
  • Expert for consulting on PE Battery Separator Manufacturing Engineering.
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
1989 to 1994   Italy   He was the Project Leader for a company-wide project in Microwave Processing and one of the company locations involved in the project was in Milan. Travel to Italy several times a year for at least one week at a time was involved with this project.
2009 to   Germany   Expert presently has a consulting client in Germany in the area of oriented films and travels to Germany several times a year for that collaboration.
2010 to   Korea   One of Expert's present clients has an interest in battery separators has an interest in developing business in Korea and trips have been taken several times to establish collaborations.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He has taken advanced level colleage courses in French. The knowledge of the language has been used in the past to translate French patents and publications.

Market Research:
In the area of microporous membranes for use in lithium ion batteries, summary reports have been written and provided to clients which described current technology, key players and general trends in the industry.

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:

I have provided several online courses as well as tutorial videos on various polymer topics.


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