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Innov8 Chem LLC

Innov8 Chem LLC

34 Big Woods Drive
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926

Phone(267) 503-3692

Website https://www.innov8chem.com

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Dr. Robert Wanat is an award-winning, Cornell-educated PhD chemist with 30+ years of experience in the chemical industry. He has strong experience in chemistry, plastics, polymers, materials, adhesives, coatings, product liability, failure analysis, patents, and intellectual property.

Dr. Wanat has been retained as expert on:
23+ legal cases including 14+ intellectual property cases (11+ PGRs and IPRs)
5+ depositions (3+ as expert witness, 2 as fact witness)
Expert testimony at trial before the International Trade Commission (ITC)
He has led research and development, intellectual property, and litigation initiatives around the world for multi-billion-dollar chemical companies.

Services

Innov8 Chem, LLC provides chemistry, leadership, and strategic problem solving to the chemical industry with expertise in polymers, plastics, materials, coatings, and adhesives.


Litigation Support Services

Dr. Wanat has worked with attorneys to secure dozens of patents and to reach favorable resolutions in multi-million-dollar litigations. He has strong experience in chemistry, plastics, polymers, materials, adhesives, coatings, product liability, failure analysis, patents, and intellectual property. He has been retained as expert on:
23+ legal cases including 14+ intellectual property cases (11+ PGRs and IPRs)
5+ depositions (3+ as expert witness, 2 as fact witness)
Expert testimony at trial before the International Trade Commission (ITC)

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Composites, Film and Sheet, Nanotechnology, (Meth)acrylics, Polyurethanes, Polyesters, Fluoropolymers, Light Management/Optics,
Additives Coatings.

Profile

Dr. Wanat, president of Innov8 Chem, LLC is an award-winning, Cornell educated PhD chemist with 30+ years of expertise in the chemical industry. He has earned 10 personal US patents and oversaw >20 additional granted patents. He led research and development, intellectual property, and litigation initiatives around the world, serving as scientist, global director of research, director of manufacturing, and CTO for multi-billion-dollar chemical companies.

Dr. Wanat has expertise in polymers, composites, (meth)acrylics, fluoropolymers, additives, plastics, film and sheet, polyurethanes, light management/optics, coatings, adhesives, nanotechnology, polyesters, aerosols, and expert witnessing.

He is an expert in product development and commercialization of numerous new products with cumulative sales exceeding two-billion dollars for use in automotive, aerospace, cosmetics, energy, medical, construction, packaging, display, lighting, optical, and marine applications. He has supervised teams of 200+ technical professionals and >300 manufacturing employees.

Dr. Wanat has worked with attorneys to secure dozens of patents and to reach favorable resolutions in multi-million-dollar litigations. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Adhesives and Sealants Council and judged the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Adhesives and Sealants Innovation Awards. He is also an expert in process scale-up and manufacturing.

After graduating in 3 years Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, Wanat earned a PhD from Cornell University with the Tunis Wentink graduate student of the year award and received the distinguished Rohm and Haas Fellowship. He also holds a certificate in technology management from Cal Tech.

As the current president for Innov8 Chem, LLC, Dr. Wanat provides chemistry, leadership, and strategic problem solving to the chemical industry with expertise in polymers, plastics, materials, coatings, and adhesives.

Areas Served

All States in the U.S, Canada.

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Professional Experience

6/2018- present: President; innov8 chem LLC (www.innov8chem.com)
Providing chemistry, leadership, and strategic problem solving to the chemical industry with expertise in polymers, plastics, materials, and adhesives
Served as expert witness for 13+ intellectual property and inter partes reviews in polymers, plastics, chemicals, materials, and adhesives and provided reports and testimony in ITC patent infringement cases
Provided product liability and failure analysis reports in cases involving polymers, plastics, and chemicals
Defined research and commercialization strategy for multiple chemical industry start-ups ? Provided business, market, and competitive analysis
Conducted safety and regulatory reviews for workplace and environmental exposure

2/2016-6/2018: Chief Technology Officer; Bostik Americas and Global Director of R&D; Bostik Global Industrial Adhesives
Led Industrial Adhesives Americas and Global R&D organizations and shared-services group including Americas Pilot Plant, Analytical, and Regulatory groups (>200 reports)
Oversaw research, development, and commercialization for polyester, polyurethane, olefin, hot melt, and multiple other adhesives, resulting in successful commercialization of patented products for packaging, renewable polymers
Served as technical lead for Bostik Americas Executive Team, Global and Regional Industrial Adhesives Business Teams, and Bostik Global Innovation Committee
Elected to the Board of Directors of the Adhesive and Sealant Council
Completed M&A due diligence

2006-2016: Global Director of Research; Altuglas International Division of Arkema 2009-2011: Dual role of Global Director of Research + Regional Director of Manufacturing. As a world-leading expert in acrylic plastics, oversaw global R&D program of Altuglas, commercializing numerous new products and won Innovation Award for LED Lighting (2015), R&D 100 award for Rnew biopolymer alloys (2012), Prix Pierre Potier for ShieldUp sheet (2012), Arena Award for Solarkote Capstock (2010), and was finalist for the Arena Award (LED diffusion resins) in 2015
Recruited, hired, and trained employees on science, patents, and project management. Secured and defended multiple patents and guided global patent strategy
Led programs resulting in 2x to 4x increase in average new product selling price and unit margins
Led Americas manufacturing group of 300+ employees producing over 200,000,000 pounds of product annually
Oversaw capital, research, technical service, and operations budgets exceeding $20M

1999-2006: R&D MANAGER; ALTUGLAS INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF ARKEMA
Led research and development of high performing polymers for automotive, construction, lighting, optical storage, medical, and recreation applications
Upgraded Altuglas coextrusion and compounding capabilities to be models for King of Prussia R&D facility. Established high through-put capabilities for physical property testing and emulsion polymerization
Led and presented failure analysis studies of plastic and composite materials including failures from weathering, thermal degradation, chemical attack, and fracture
Established Univ. of Mass. (a top-3 Polymer Science graduate school) recruiting program to improve R&D talent and led program for over a decade

1996-1998: TECHNICAL MARKETING SPECIALIST; ELF ATOCHEM N.A., ATOGLAS DIVISION. Initiated Solarkote product line by identifying market need, developing product concept, selling idea with senior management, designing first two products to launch, and branding products

1985-1996: SR. RESEARCH SCIENTIST; ROHM AND HAAS AND ALTUGLAS PRECURSOR COMPANIES. Led development and commercialization of patented and trade secret ‘-101' technology products. Project was budgeted as 5-year development but by redefining the approach, my solution was validated at commercial scale in ~3 months. Technology has generated several billion dollars of sales
Developed proprietary binder system for injection molding of powdered metal and ceramic substrates. Binder technology was later patented, and licensed
Developed novel 1K shelf-stable silane-crosslinking emulsion technology for multiple applications


Affiliations

American Chemical Society (current member)
Society of Plastics Engineers (current member)
Adhesives and Sealants Council (past Board of Directors)
Society of Automotive Engineers (past member)


Qualifications

Patents:

Acrylic photovoltaic module backsheet, US Patent 10,640,672. May 2020 ? Optical light diffuser and method for measurement thereof, US Patent 10,539,290. Jan. 2020.
Impact resistant transparent thermoplastic compositions, US Patent 9,988,527. June 2018 ? Multilayer composition with high gloss, US Patent 8,034,441. Oct. 2011
Molded object exhibiting a polychromatic effect, US Patent 7,879,927. Feb. 2011
Thermoformable photovoltaic backsheet, US patent application US20120024353A1. Mar. 2010
Weather resistant high impact strength acrylic compositions, US Patent 7,294,399. Nov. 2007
Acrylic polymer capstock with improved adhesion to structural plastics, US Patent 6,852,405. Feb. 2005
Stabilization of methacrylic polymers against sterilizing radiation, US Patent 5,258,423. Nov. 1993
Clear impact resistant plastics, US Patent 5,063,259. Nov. 1991
Polymers stabilized against light and heat degradation. US Patent 5,066,696. Nov. 1991

Patents awarded under Dr. Wanat's supervision
Polymeric articles having a textured surface and frosted appearance, US 7067188 B1. June 2006
Stabilized UV transparent acrylic composition, US7407998B2. Aug. 2005
Thermoplastic article with a printable matte surface, US7435462B2. Oct. 2008
Polymeric articles having a textured surface and frosted appearance, US7547736B2. June 2009
Plastic compositions having mineral-like appearance, US7592394B2. Sept. 2009 ? High optical purity copolymer film, US7811659B2. Dec. 2014
Polymeric articles having a textured surface and frosted appearance, US7868062B2. Jan. 2011
Impact modified acrylics having a bimodal distribution of impact modifier sizes, US7915346B2. March 2011
Transparent bullet-resistant acrylic sheet, US8119231B2. February 2012 ? White light diffusing thermoplastic composition, US8163827B2. April 2012 ? Multi-layer screen composites, US8208204B2. June 2012.
Robert A. Wanat PhD
White light diffusing thermoplastic composition, US8357744B2. January 2013 ? Transparent chemical resistant impact acrylic alloy, US8524826B2. Sept. 2013 ? Multilayer polymeric article having a metallic variegated look, US8658716B2. Feb. 2014 ? Impact resistant acrylic alloy, US8835544B2. September 2014
Fluoropolymer modified acrylic capstock, US9056974B2. June 2015
Acrylic/thermoplastic olefin composite, US9272490B2. March 2013
Photovoltaic module using PVDF based flexible glazing film, US9960300B2. May 2018 ? Multilayer structures containing biopolymers, US9987820B2. June 2018
High temperature acrylic sheet, US10043930B2. Aug. 2018.
Photovoltaic modules having a polyvinylidene fluoride backsheet, US10050164B2. Aug. 2018


Awards & Honors

Awards (granted to Dr. Wanat and to his team):
Innovation Award for LED lighting (2015)
Arena Award finalist for LED diffusion resins (2015)
R&D 100 award for Rnew biopolymer alloys (2012)
Prix Pierre Potier for ShieldUp sheet (2012)
Arena Award for Solarkote Capstock (2010)
Cornell University Tunis Wentink Award (1985)
Rohm and Haas Fellowship (1983)


Publications

Solid-state and solution studies of lithiated 2-carbomethoxycyclohexanone dimethylhydrazone and lithiated cyclohexanone phenylimine. Robert A. Wanat, David B. Collum, Greg. Van Duyne, Jon. Clardy, Randall T. DePue, Journal of the American Chemical Society 1986, 108 (12), 3415-3422
On the origin of the stereoselectivity of hydrazone alkylations. Investigation of aggregation effects and solution kinetics. Robert A. Wanat and David B. Collum, Journal of the American Chemical Society 1985, 107 (7), 2078-2082
Approaches to the Synthesis and Detection of a Transient Palladium(0) Alkylidene. Robert A. Wanat and David B. Collum, Organometallics 1986, 5, 120-127
Substituent effects on the stereochemistry of substituted cyclohexanone N,N dimethylhydrazone alkylations. An X-ray crystal structure of lithiated cyclohexanone N,N dimethyl 1-hydrazone. Collum, D.B.; Kahne, D.; Gut, S.A.; DePue, R.T.; Mohamadi, F.; Wanat, R.A.; Clardy, J.; VanDuyne, G., Journal of the American Chemical Society 1984, 106, 4865.


Education

Education and Teaching Experience:

PhD in Chemistry, from Cornell University
Dissertation: The Structure and Reactivity of Organometallic Compounds
Advisor: Dr. David B. Collum
Received Tunis Wentink ‘Graduate Student of the Year' award and Rohm and Haas Fellowship
Master of Science in Chemistry, Cornell University
Cal Tech Certificate in Technology Management
BS in Chemistry from Univ. of Scranton. Graduated in 3 years, Magna Cum Laude. Taught Chemistry Laboratory courses to Cornell undergraduate students
Taught and mentored PhD, MS, and BS employees for Arkema and Bostik in chemistry, polymer science, optics, and project management




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