A polymers expert witness is typically a professional engineer with extensive experience and expertise in materials science, polymer science, chemical engineering, and/or organic chemistry. Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support polymer technology matters. Oftentimes, the selected expert is a member of an industry organization such as the American Chemical Society, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and/or the IEEE.
A polymers expert witness often provides expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation or a trade secret dispute. A polymer scientist could also be called in on a product liability case involving materials failure. Litigation support by a polymer expert witness could include an expert report, failure analysis, deposition testimony, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a subject matter expert with prior expert witness testimony experience. In addition, clients may seek a polymer industry expert for pre-litigation consultant work.
A polymers expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of the target technology, but also of the market size, market development activities, and competitive landscape. It is also essential that an expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the factual evidence. Whether the case involves a medical device, molding, polymer characterization, adhesive, plastic, liquid crystal, polymer synthesis, coatings, or a fuel cell, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Polymers experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Polymers landscape.
This expert has many years of experience as an R&D researcher and Failure Analyst with a chemical company, culminating as Research Fellow and as Chief Metallurgist. This expert's focus is in materials processing, design, and process control in manufacturing and industry. This expert's areas of expertise include ceramics, metal alloys, polymers, coatings, manufacturing process and litigation support.
This expert is an experienced expert in the field of specialty chemicals including, but not limited to, a variety of inorganic minerals and solid polymers. This expert has an extensive background and understanding of chemical reactions that occur at interfaces of solids and liquid-solid interfaces. This expert has many years of experience with the reactions of silane coupling agents with inorganic solids such as clays and silica, and is a published author on the flow behavior of polymers.
For many years, this expert has consulted for corporations involved in the development, optimization, patenting, marketing and quality control of new and existing products and processes.
This expert has served as a forensic expert witness in a multitude of disciplines including patent analysis/infringement, trade secret litigation, product & process issues, OSHA Regulations, Codes & Standards, physical chemistry and material properties. This expert has provided Federal and State depositions and courtroom testimony numerous times. This expert has been deposed in two intellectual property cases, both of which were successful for this expert's client. This expert has also consulted for medical device companies engaged in development of novel surgical techniques, and is a named inventor on 23 patents.
This expert specializes in the development of films for a variety of applications which require an understanding of film processes, property testing and film specifications as they relate to end use, and film formulations. This includes a firm understanding of polymer structure property relationships. This expert has developed film formulations and structures for several applications which require stability during processing, storage and in outdoor applications. During this expert's years in polymer science this expert has set up labs to characterize films, films surfaces, additive packages, and defect analyses. This expert has gained an understanding of degradable mechanisms including photo and biodegradable. This expert was a member of the Degradable Polymer Council as well as member of the technical committee for the Council of Solid Waste Solutions, now the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This expert has developed biodegradable and photodegradable polymers, researched composting films and recycling of plastics, and gave numerous presentations on the topics to customers and suppliers. This expert has served as an expert witness and was deposed in a major law suite dealing with films and their properties by two major film and resin manufacturers. In another case, a film was degrading in its end use and it turned out not to be the formulation but plant storage.
This expert is a globally recognized polymer technology expert and industry leader with many years of experience with an outstanding record of achievements in the research and development of vinyl and non-vinyl polymers, color concentrates, and the establishment of industry standards. As the Principal of a technical consultancy, this expert is highly sought-after for expertise in problem solving, product innovation in vinyl plastics, thermoplastics, and processing. The holder of several patents in the area of weather resistant plastic composite technologies for outdoor exposures, this expert provides technical support to manufacturing plants and customers and represented companies in industry organizations. This expert has assisted manufacturing plants in developing quality control procedures and optimization of manufacturing processes for improved performance. Additionally, this expert has investigated and successfully resolved numerous customers' technical problems, physical properties retention, product distortion problems in end use exterior applications; extrusion problems including poor surface characteristics, brittleness during profile cutting and fabrication, extruder overload, and compounding problems, such as inconsistency in compound performance. This expert has also performed raw materials evaluations, dimensional stability studies, and field failure analysis. Further, this expert has performed weatherability testing including, heat build-up, dimensional stability, long term performance, degradation, stabilization, impact modification, and reinforcement. This expert has served as an Expert witness in multiple product, material, compounding, and application patent / intellectual property cases. This expert has been deposed and testified.
This expert's multidisciplinary expertise and many years of broad technical experience cross-cuts fields of electrical engineering, optics, materials engineering, and physical sciences. From an electrical engineering perspective, this expert has extensive experience in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and displays, capacitors, memories, transistors, sensors, and circuits. This expert's materials background includes organic and inorganic semiconductors, metals, nanomaterials, biomaterials, thin-films, and material interfaces. This expert specializes in device physics, materials and thin-film processing, device fabrication, improving functional performance, analyzing failures, and understanding process-structure-property-performance relationships across material, component, device, and system levels. This expert's characterization tool skill-set includes a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques.
Prior to becoming a consultant, this expert was a university professor as head of the Nano Architectonics and Organic Electronics Laboratory, and also worked a National Laboratory. During this period, this expert developed new materials processing approaches and optical architectures to improve efficiency of thin-film solar cells. This expert's photovoltaic material expertise includes conjugated polymers/molecules, cadmium telluride, perovskite, and silicon material systems. This expert also made multiple contributions in the area of defect characterization in semiconductor thin-films. Other key works include projects on titania based memory devices, optical and bio(chemical) sensors, organic thin-film transistors, organic light-emitting displays, and photonic components such as waveguides, anti-reflection coatings, transparent electrodes, and plasmonic structures. For characterization purposes, this expert has extensively utilized a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques. During doctoral studies, this expert worked with materials such as organic semiconductors, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, nanotemplates, and biomolecules on developing functional hybrids and embodiments pertinent to consumer electronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.
This expert has assisted clients in developing metrology solutions for opto-electronic thin-films, investigating performance bottlenecks in solar cells, and characterizing new synthetic materials for consumer electronic device applications. This expert has also consulted for edtech clients and has experience teaching courses on electric circuits, semiconductor materials and devices, flexible electronics, and energy systems. This expert has published 50 peer-reviewed research articles in top international journals and presented work in major international conferences. This expert has received several awards and honors, including the nationally prestigious US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Most of this expert's consulting work is non-litigation failure and design, however, this expert is currently working as the testifying expert on an unrelated solar matter. This expert has written expert reports.
This expert is a Registered Professional Engineer with many years of experience in the biotechnology field. This expert holds PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, is an ASME Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. This expert is also a member of ASM International (the Materials Information Society) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Currently, this expert is the Principal and Founder of an engineering consulting firm that focuses on providing support for early stage medical device and technology companies. Specializing in mechanical engineering design and behavior of biomedical devices, shape memory metals, bio-absorbable polymers and MEMs, this expert consults actively in these areas, as well as in failure analysis and reliability. This expert has extensive experience in the use of finite element analysis and simulation of structures, heat transfer, fluid flow and Mechanical Design for Reliability. This expert led the design and development of diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and has skills honed in researching and analyzing IP and competing technologies.
This expert has direct experience with implantable, cardiovascular stents, with early work related to finite element analysis and fatigue life prediction as part of the client company's FDA IDE submission. Early projects were generally balloon expandable coronary stents and the analysis went through the steps of roll-down from the as-manufactured geometry, balloon expansion, balloon deflation, and coronary cyclic pressure fluctuations. This expert also worked with self-expanding stents. Other projects involved devices such as stent-grafts for AAA application and stents for other applications such as renal, etc. Failure analysis projects involving stents came along periodically with issues such as fatigue failures during life testing, corrosion, or other metallurgical issues. Litigation projects involving stents followed. The cases were generally patent matters involving various aspects of stent technology and design. This expert has served as a testifying expert witness in medical device patent litigation and has provided deposition and trial testimony for a total of 18 IP cases, 7 IP Depositions (>20 depositions total), 1 IP Trial (4 Trials all together), and 7 IPR Declarations. This expert has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department at a prestigious universities, including courses on Materials, Manufacturing, and Mechanical Design.