Professional Titles: Professor, Research Scientist
B.A. Chemistry, Westminster College, Fulton, MO, 1970
M.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1972
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1975
Postdoctoral Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1975-76
Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA: 1976-1983:
Physical Chemistry with Lab: all semesters
General Chemistry with Lab (for science majors): all semesters
Introduction to Polymer Science: four semesters as special topics and continuing education class
Chemistry for the Consumer (for non-science majors): two semesters
Freshman Seminar (a writing/rhetoric course with a theme): four semesters
Research Experience: During 1979-1982 (summers only), conducted research with two or three students each summer
in the area of polymer rheology, funded by Research Corporation.
The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI: 1983-2006:
My career at Dow, all as a practicing research scientist, was spent mostly in the Corporate R&D function working in the general area of the materials science of polymers. I had the opportunity to work on projects across most of Dow’s polymer businesses, as well as on new material development in Central Research, so worked on quite a variety of materials for a wide breadth of applications. The details below are intended to capture the highpoints of my background.
Areas of expertise: Analytical chemistry of polymers (did it for two years, but not a strength); polymer physics (structure, morphology, thermodynamics); materials science of polymers (rheology, fracture mechanics, structure-property relationships, adhesion science).
Classes of materials studied: Thermoplastics, thermosets, rigid-rod polymers, block copolymers, semicrystalline polymers, synthetic lattices, blends, foam, ionomers.
Representative applications: Adhesives, coatings, composites, extruded and thermoformed products, high-strength fibers, insulating foam, polymers for electronics.
Other pertinent activities:
Taught internal short-courses in Polymer Science, Polymer Rheology, Adhesion Science;
Worked with/supervised college interns;
Responsible for Dow supported research programs at Cornell, Virginia Tech, USDA.