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On-site expert consultations regarding synthetic latex production and characterization, solution and dispersion polymerizations for R&D and commercial scale operations.

Off-site contracted services involving technical analysis, remote project management, theoretical and experimental studies.

Computer modeling of emulsion and dispersion polymerization reactions, latex particle morphology development, and process economics.
"You guys make a large contribution to our industry and you are appreciated by many that are engaged in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and the art and science of emulsion polymerization."
 Professor Donald C. Sundberg, Founder and President, has been working in the field of emulsion polymers for 55 years. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He worked on latex based impact modifiers for ABS resins with the Monsanto Company, scaling processes to the 10,000 gallon reactor size. He has extensive research experience in emulsion polymerization and is widely recognized for his work on structured latex particles. This has resulted in over 100 peer reviewed publications and many conference papers. In addition, he has conducted many workshops, most notably the one on latex particle morphology control, now in its 24th annual offering. He spent a sabbatical year at the Institute for Surface Chemistry in Stockholm and was Chair of the 1997 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Colloids. He is the 2016 Mattiello Memorial Lecture awardee from the American Coatings Association. His research interests are in polymerization kinetics in solution, bulk and emulsion systems, interfacial science and polymer morphology control, diffusion in polymers, and coatings. He is an Emeritus Professor of Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire and is the founder of Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education, LLC.
Professor Michael Cunningham, Partner, has an extensive background in dispersed phase polymerizations, including suspension, emulsion, miniemulsion and dispersion polymerization. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. He spent six years working on dispersed phase polymerizations in the Xerox Corporate Research Group, acquiring experience in process scale-up and technology transfer to manufacturing. He has an active research program in polymer colloids and emulsion polymerization, particularly in the area of living radical polymerization and stimuli-responsive particles, publishing over 200 papers and holding 26 U.S. patents. He is secretariat of the International Polymer Colloids Group, and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada. He has consulted with several companies in the area of emulsion and suspension polymerization and lectured for several years at industrial short courses on emulsion polymerization in the USA and Switzerland. He is a partner with Donald Sundberg in Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education, LLC.  
Types of Consulting:
  • Tutorials - development and presentation of short (2-4 hours), facilitated discussions of specific technical topics selected by industrial client.
  • Single day - often entails seminar presentation and meeting with a number of individuals/groups to discuss problems/issues
  • Project based (several months to 1 year or more)
            Contract established with total cost
            Monthly level of commitment for EPCEd consultants
            Typical project description (R&D product/process development, scale up, characterization)
            Intellectual property rights - normally assigned to sponsor
            Travel - national and international travel, no billing for travel under 6 hours from home base
            Consulting costs to client - each project is individually determined with client. 
  • Expert witness - discovery, deposition, court room
Asian Paints
Baxa Corporation
Cabot Corporation
Chevron-Phillips Chemical
Dart Container
Davidson Rubber Company
Dow Chemical Company
DuPont Dow Elastomers
Erie Scientific
Fiber Materials, Inc.
Invia Pavement Technologies
Janco, Inc.
Jump Start Engineering
Monsanto Company
Nashua Corporation
National Starch and Chemical Company
New England Chemical Co.
NP Medical Company
Northeastern University
Polysar Limited
South African Pulp and Paper Industries (SAPPI)
Stauffer Chemical Co.
Tri-Tex Co.
UPM Raflatac
Zydex Industries