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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Ø  Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Davis, CA

Ø  B.Sc., Textile Chemistry, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC

Ø  B.Sc, Mathematics, St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC





Ø  Postdoctoral Research Chemist, UC Santa Barbara, CA, 1981-1985

Ø  Adjunct Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara, CA, 1981-1985

Ø  Scientist/Technical Specialist, Alcoa, Alcoa Center, PA, 1985-1997

Ø  Research Chemist/Lead Scientist, USDA, Peoria, IL, 1998-Present

Ø  Acting Research Leader, USDA, Peoria, IL, March 2005 - July 2007





Ø  Biobased lubricants and tribochemistry

Ø  Biopolymers, bioblends, and biocomposites

Ø  Boundary, mixed film and elestohydrodynamic lubrication

Ø  Metalworking tribology

Ø  Structure-property correlation and modeling

Ø  Surfactants, surface/interfacial energy and adhesion



Awards and Honors:

Ø  “Best Internal Technical Paper – 1986,” Alcoa Technical Center, 1987

Ø   “Wild Idea Fund” Award, Alcoa Technical Center, 1987-1988

Ø  Alcoa Foundation Science Support Grant Award ($7500/year), 1986-1993

Ø  Recognition for contribution to the “No. 1 Litho Line,” Alcoa Aerospace and Commercial Rolled Products, Davenport Works, Davenport, IA, 1994

Ø  Environmental Excellence Award, Alcoa, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995

Ø  Recognition for “service as PSC & Chair” STLE Nonferrous Council, 2005

Ø  Co-recipient of AFRI Competitive Grant ($498,889.00 total), 2010-2013

Ø  Winner “2013 Scientific Excellence Award” STLE Non-Ferrous Council



Special Skills:           

Ø  Boundary lubrication & adsorption measurement, analysis & modeling

Ø  Colloidal system investigation using quasi-elastic light scattering

Ø  EHD film thickness & traction measurement and analysis

Ø  Organic synthesis, purification and characterization

Ø  Polymer blend compatibility measurement, analysis and modeling

Ø  Surface/interfacial energy & adhesion measurement, analysis & modeling

Ø  American Red Cross certified in Adult & Infant First Aid, CPR, AED



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