History

1974-77
PhD in Organic, Physical and Computational Chemistry
University of Liverpool and Roche Pharmaceutical Products

What: Studies of psychotropic drugs. Chemistry, Conformations and Interactions.
Where: Liverpool and Welwyn Garden City, UK. Supervisors: Dr. R.J. Abraham and Dr. W.A. Thomas.
How: Attempted to build a complete picture of structure and effect - essentially from electrons to neurons. Organic chemistry of many anti-depressant drugs and ligands. Conformational analysis of drugs by nmr. Complexation of drugs with model ligands, neurotransmitters and other biologically important molecules.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

1977-88
R&D Scientist
Esso (later Exxon) Chemical

What: R&D Scientist in Fuel and Fuel Additive Technology (also lubricating oil and crude oil)
Where: Milton Hill, Abingdon, UK.
How: Polymer chemistry and physics. Organic and polymer synthesis. Physical chemistry. Crystallization. Automotive engineering. Computational Chemistry. Formulation Science. IP Law. Leadership. Marketing. Arctic field-testing. Manufacturing technology.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

1988-92
R&D Fuels Manager
Exxon Chemical

What: R&D Manager. Fuel Additive Technology 
Where: Milton Hill, Abingdon, UK.
How: Polymer chemistry and physics. Organic and polymer synthesis. Physical chemistry. Crystallization. Automotive engineering. Computational Chemistry. Formulation Science. IP Law. Leadership. Marketing. Manufacturing technology.
Plus added: Technology Management and WW Business Team. Leadership and people management. Creativity and Innovation research in science and technology.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

1992-95
R&D Applied Chemistry Manager
Exxon Chemical

What: Technology Manager. Lubricating oil, automatic transmission fluids, and viscosity modifiers. Also manager of analytical services.
Where: Linden, NJ, USA.
How: Polymer chemistry and physics. Organic and polymer synthesis. Physical chemistry. Crystallization. Automotive engineering. Computational Chemistry. Formulation Science. IP Law. Leadership & people management. Marketing. Manufacturing technology.
Plus added: Rheology. Surface science. Analytical science. Reactive polymer extrusion.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

1995-2000
European Technology Manager
Exxon / ExxonMobil Chemical

What: Polymers Technology Manager. Manager of Analytical Services. Manager of Manufacturing Technology (at Notre Damme de Gravenchon (F)).
Where: Machelen, Brussels, Belgium.
How: Most polymer areas: Metallocene, Cationic, Anionic and Free Radical. Polymer synthesis, characterization, modelling, manufacture, processing and applications. Crystallization. Polymer engineering. Computational Chemistry. IP Law. Leadership & people management. Rheology. Surface science. Analytical science. Reactive extrusion. Adhesion science and technology.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

2000-06
WW New Business Development Scientist
ExxonMobil Chemical

What: Managing and R&D in polymers.
Where: Machelen, Brussels, Belgium.
How: As above plus polymer film processing, functionalization chemistry, advanced analytical methods, e.g. RBS, rubber processing, advanced metallocene chemistry and WW marketing ventures.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

2006-08
Chief Scientist
Infineum (50/50 JV between ExxonMobil and Shell)

What: New Technology. Innovation Network.
Where: Milton Hill, Abingdon, UK.
How: Key link with ExxonMobil Science & Technology. Internal and external innovation networking. Polymer Science, Synthesis and engineering. Crystallization. Rheology. Automotive engineering. Microscopy (OM, SEM, TEM, AFM). Leadership and collaboration (internal and external).

Impact

Selected literature and patents

2007-9
Chief Scientist & New Business Development Manager
Infineum

What: Own research. New business development.
Where: Milton Hill, Abingdon, UK.
How: Internal and external innovation networking. Polymer Science, Synthesis and engineering. Crystallization. Rheology. Polymer processing engineering. Microscopy. Surface science. SAXS, WAXS, SANS.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

2009-13
Chief Scientist & Strategic Research Manager
Infineum

What: Strategic Research manager. New Technology. New Science. Problem solving. Innovation.
Where: Milton Hill, Abingdon, UK.
How: Leadership. Polymer Science, Synthesis and engineering. Crystallization. Rheology. Automotive engineering. Microscopy.

Impact

Selected literature and patents

Retired from Infineum at the end of April 2014

Selected literature and patents

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