Expertise DescriptionI have more than 50 years experience in the field of Chemistry. My areas of expertise include chemical accident reconstruction, general and organic chemistry, spontaneous combustion, cosmetics, cement, chemical safety, fumigants, decomposition of chemicals, metals and chemical explosions, pyrotechnics, Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) exposure, polyurethane foams, degradation of plastics, structures and properties of psychoactive drugs, corrosive acids and bases, propane and flammable propellants, airbag detonators, solvents, bleach and chlorine, surfactants and detergents, incompatible chemicals, hydrogen sulfide, and preservatives. I have additional experience with causes and accelerants of fire, chemical properties, chemical asphyxiants, acid damage to paint, automotive additives, investigation of substance causing burn injuries, and corrosive properties. I have over 40 years expert witness experience.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Chemical investigations; Photo Investigation of faded markings; Spontaneous combustion fire; Hazardous Properties of hair Bleach and Colorants; Liquid Crystal Purity; Cosmetic Formulations; Empty 55 Gallon Drum Explosion; Corrosive properties of ready-mix cement; Properties of hazardous chemicals in creosote; Properties of phenol and chemical safety; Properties of roundup herbicide; Explosive materials; Laboratory fire and safety; Metal explosion; Lye explosion; Chlorine Pool-Chemical fire / toxic cloud; Fatal hydrogen sulfide release from sewers treated with sulfuric acid; Azide explosion; Incompatible chemicals in tanker truck.
My consulting services include: Research in organic chemistry related to the development of organisulfurnitrogen alkylating agents and the chemistry of soil fumigants; Production methods for synthesis of epoxy resin curing agents from isocyanates; Evaluation of compatibilities of waste chemicals; Investigation of urea polymer curing agents; Development of an alternative process for the production of the soil fumigant chloropicrin; Deformulation study to identify the composition of a polymer curing agent; Performance of all standard laboratory tests, including flash points, pour points, cloud points, vapor pressures, colors, specific gravities, distillation ranges, titrations, and pH determinations.
I have testified in cases involving hydrogen sulfide for several matters. I also have over 40 year’s experience in forensic consulting and expert witness.
I have extensive experience with sulfuric acid and it's corrosive and chemical properties with many years as a chemist in both industry and academia. I have also testified in deposition and with declarations on cases involving sulfuric acid.
|B.S.||Chemistry||University of Washington|
|M.S.||Organic Chemistry||Yale University|
|Ph.D.||Organic Chemistry||Yale University|
Awards & Affiliation
|Listed in American Men and Women of Science|
|Listed in International DIrectory of Research and Development Scientists|
American Chemical Society
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases