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Expert Details

Battery Separators, High Temperature Polymers, and Plastic Films

ID: 729300 North Carolina, USA

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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 management positions with a variety of organizations including Celanese, EniChem America, Applied Extrusion Technologies Films among others. During this most recent position, 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.

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 flexible 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.


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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2002 to 2009 Employer: Celgard Title: Staff Scientist/Group Leader Department: Research and Development
Led group of people in development of new battery separators for use in lithium ion batteries.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 2002 Employer: Applied Extrusion Technologies Films Title: Research Scientist Department: Research and Development
Was responsible for scouting activities in new areas for biaxially oriented films.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1989 to 1994 Employer: EniChem America Title: Senior Scientist Department: Research & Development
Developed and lead project company-wide project in microwave processing of polymers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1984 to 1989 Employer: Celanese Title: Senior Research Chemist Department: Research and Development
Developed polymer characterization laboratory which was focused on high temperature polymers and blends and alloys of those materials.

Government Experience

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

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1989 to 1994 Country / Region: Italy Summary: 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.
Years: 2009 to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: 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.
Years: 2010 to Present Country / Region: Korea Summary: 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.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of American Chemical Society
Professional Appointments
Editorial Adviser to Woodhead Publishing in the area of polymer technology
Book reviewer for Polymer News
Awards / Recognition
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
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.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has worked before on a litigation case as a "behind the scene" expert. The case involved lithium ion battery separators and it was Expert's job to read through several patents and provide an opinion on the technical details and content of those patents. Once he provided the information to the attorneys, his involvement with the case was complete.
Training / Seminars
Provided several online courses as well as tutorial videos on various polymer topics.
Marketing Experience
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.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
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.

Fields of Expertise

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