Who is Dr Chemical?

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  1. EDUCATION:

    2010:
    Postgraduate Diploma in OH&S
    Curtin University

    1994:
    PhD (Analytical Chemistry)
    Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
    Wollongong University

    1984:
    B.Sc. (Hons) – double major in chemistry
    Wollongong University

    KEY STRENGTHS

    • Highly analytical mind with the ability to interpret data according to the strictest principles of the scientific method, and the ability to design, document and validate analytical processes as a consequence.

    • Extremely broad theoretical knowledge of chemistry at all levels: physical, analytical, organic and inorganic.

    • Thorough and detailed knowledge of chemistry in the world around me – water, waste, industrial, environmental, domestic etc. See my website as an example.

    • The ability to look at a problem and see a solution that no one else can. In particular, the ability to think laterally when it comes to chemical problems and/or processes.

    • The ability to take a “first-principles” approach to an issue; interpretation of chemical interactions and properties in terms of their fundamental properties.

    • Comprehensive practical understanding of chemistry in the marketplace, both domestic and industrial (which has produced three highly successful radio shows – “Dr Chemical” on 6PR and 2UE), with a rare ability to deconvolute chemistry to suit the needs of my audience.

    • Sound understanding of the scale up of chemical processes from laboratory to plant scale.

    • Formal qualifications in OH&S, with a full suite of skills – risk management, hazard identification, OHSMS preparation etc.

    • Well-organized with highly advanced problem-solving skills.

    • Highly advanced communication (Toastmasters) and report-writing skills.

    • General PC skills – Word, Excel, Publisher etc.

    • Highly enthusiastic with the desire to use my skills and knowledge to innovate and create.

    EMPLOYMENT

    2012 – Present Chemical Consultant

    • Chemical Formulations
    • Chemical Manufacturing
    • Waste Management
    • Dangerous and Hazardous Goods Management
    • Dangerous Goods Compliance Auditing
    • Industrial Chemistry
    • Household Chemistry
    • Media and PR

    2009 – 2012 Chief Chemist
    Rowe Scientific Pty Ltd (http://www.rowe.com.au/)
    Wangara, WA

    Rowe Scientific are a medium sized company with branches in all states that supply general and specialty equipment and chemicals to the industrial and mining sectors.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Direct oversight of all chemical manufacturing
    • Training of staff as required
    • All methods and formulation development
    • Costing and feasibility assessment of new products
    • Writing of methods, QC procedures and Certificates of Analysis
    • Sourcing and QC of all raw materials.
    • Stock control of raw materials
    • Liaison with salesmen and/or clients as required
    • Participation in management meetings to discuss overall marketing and sales strategies
    • Maintenance of ISO9001:2001 certification.

    Key Achievements

    • Overall annual average growth in sales of manufactured goods by 12%
    • Streamlining and redesign of many manufacturing processes
    • Development of several specialty proprietary formulations in fulfillment of clients’ requirements.

    2000-2008 Chief Chemist
    Aquasol Pty Ltd (http://www.aquasol.com.au/)
    Malaga, WA

    Aquasol are a medium sized company that specialize in the manufacture of water treatment chemicals and the design and supply of wastewater treatment plants.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Direct oversight of all chemical manufacturing
    • Design of manufacturing plant
    • All methods and formulation development
    • Design of waste treatment dosing regimes
    • Design of waste treatment plants.
    • Training of staff as required
    • Training of clients in plant operation.
    • Writing of methods and Certificates of Analysis
    • Sourcing and QC of all raw materials.
    • Stock control of raw materials
    • Site visitation and servicing and troubleshooting of waste treatment plants.

    Key Achievements

    • Development of novel way to manufacture Ferric Sulphate that allowed Aquasol to maintain competitiveness with much larger manufacturers (Nufarm and Orica).
    • Design of several waste treatment plants that produced outfalls of better (and acceptable) quality than previous plants onsite.

    2000-2004 Lecturer (sessional)
    Edith Cowan University
    Joondalup Campus

    • First Year Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Brewing Chemistry

    1999-2000 Analytical Chemist
    Geotechnical Services Welshpool WA

    • Oil & fuel testing
    • Soil and water analysis

    1999-2000 Environmental Scientist
    QED Australia – Kallaroo WA

    At the time, QED (now Transaction Solutions International Ltd) were a small, privately owned company whose business was the design and operation of wastewater treatment plants.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Design of waste treatment dosing regimes
    • Design of waste treatment plants.
    • Training of staff as required
    • Training of clients in plant operation.
    • Site visitation and servicing and troubleshooting of waste treatment plants.

    Key Achievements

    • Optimisation of operation of Rottnest Island WWTP – under previous contractor it had been running out of spec.

    1995-1999 Manager – Research and Development
    Chemtronics Ltd – Osborne Park WA

    Chemtronics, now defunct, were a small company specializing in the design of analytical instrumentation for the measurement of industrial process streams, waste waters and natural waters for heavy metals, cyanide, VOCs and DO.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Design of instrument operation parameters and menus
    • Liaison with software and electronics engineers for design of hardware and software
    • Manufacture and testing of prototypes
    • All methods development and manual preparation
    • Liaison with clients for specialized methods development involving matrix matching and troubleshooting

    Key Achievements

    • The design, from scratch, of a device for the onsite determination of VOC and DO in aquifers. This device was used in a successful onsite trial at an ICI plant in Germany (Dusseldorf). The first production prototype was delivered to the company on the morning that the administrators arrived to wind up operations.
    A 2nd generation version of it was last seen at CSIRO Land & Water (Floreat, WA), who were our JV partners in the development of the device. It is unknown whether it was fully commercialized.

    .
    1990-1994 Lecturer in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
    Wollongong University – Wollongong NSW

    1987-1989 PhD Student
    Wollongong University – Wollongong NSW

    1984-1986 Development Chemist
    Reckitt & Colman
    West Ryde NSW

    Now Reckitts Benckiser, they are market leaders in the production of many easily recognizable household cleaners, insecticides and toilet products such as Mortein, Pea Beu, Mr Sheen, Preen, Fabulon, Brasso, Air-O-Zone, the Harpic range of products, Trix, Aura and so on.

    Key Responsibilities

    • All development work on laundry products and hard surface cleaners

    o Preen
    o Mr Sheen
    o Fabulon
    o Ezi-Klean
    o Brasso
    o Silvo
    o Aura
    o Trix
    o Nugget shoe polish

    Key Achievements

    • The formulation and development of Preen Trigger. This was in response to market pressure for a trigger-pack version of the market-leading Preen aerosol. The challenge to be overcome was that whereas the aerosol used the highly effective trichloroethane (also used by dry cleaners), this solvent was unavailable to the trigger due to its volatility and chemical aggressiveness towards plastic. Thus its formulation was based upon a finely balanced blend of surfactants (of appropriate HLB) to achieve the desired outcome.

    Biodiesel Manufacture

    The backyard manufacture of biodiesel from waste vegetable oil is a popular topic on the web, with many discussion forums devoted to it.

    Essentially it consists of a single stage, homogenous transesterification reaction which involves a pre-reaction titration, and the heating of the reaction mixture to 55° C. There are many, many discussion threads on the Web where people discuss various ins and outs of this procedure, along with troubleshooting and so on.

    I was unhappy with both the complexity of the method, and the fact that it had to be heated. I therefore designed two new methods. The first of these was a heterogeneous process (the “Imisides-Pyne” method) and the second process (the “Imisides” method) was a homogenous process that was both foolproof and proceeded at room temperature.

    I personally draw greater satisfaction from this achievement than any of my professional achievements, as while it is one thing to formulate a new product within a specialist industry, it is quite another thing to redesign a chemical process that is in the public domain and is used by thousands of people across the world.
    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    RACI (C.Chem)

    OTHER MEMBERSHIPS

    MENSA (http://www.mensa.org.au/)
    Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org.au/)

  2. Hi there – I am unable to find soda ash in any supermarket except the stuff used to balance the pH in pools and spas – is this the same product? This is for cleaning grout on the floor tiles.
    I have also found a product called ‘Grout King’ – it contains 350g/l phosphoric acid – works like a treat but I am wondering how much damage its causing?
    Cheers
    Jac

    • Yes that’s the right stuff. But you get it from supermarkets at ankle height in the cleaning aisle – it’s a bit hard to find. Where did you find the Grout King – I can’t find any info about it anywhere

  3. Dear Mark,

    Can you please advise me how to remove window tint glue from a fabric car seat. We stripped the tint off some windows and a small piece (approximately 3mm x 1mm) of the sticky glue got stuck on one of the seats. We tried white spirits but the glue is still stuck in the fibres.

    Kind regards,

    Claude Tasmer

    • Hi Dr Chemical. How can I effectively clean the inside of my car windows? I have used Windex, Metho, Washing liquid, Bleach, Glen20 and just about everything known to man but I am always left with a foggy smeary window. I am a driving instructor and it is driving me crazy as I need a clear view when driving.
      Desperate

  4. Good afternoon,I have a polished and sealed dark marble bathroom floor which when I have all the lights on shows water,soap marks.I have been told to cut it back, repolish and seal.Can you think of an easier way to remove these spots.Kind Regards Tony

  5. Hi Professor Chemical,

    Could you please advise me of your email address or contact details and I would like to contact you regarding a project that you might want to do together.

    Kind regards,
    Reginald

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