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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  14:45:15
Aleksandr Pikelny, PhD
United States Citizen
1308 N. Poinsettia Place, #7, Los Angeles, California 90046
323 845-0270 • alagpik@sbcglobal.net

Objective

Seeking a position specializing in chemical engineering, electrochemistry and/or material science.

Qualifications Summary

Vast experience in research and development in electrochemical engineering and battery chemistry. Extensive expertise in identifying critical problems, designing their solutions and executing the necessary tasks to solve the problem. Strong communication and written skills. Development new products and processes, to increase company profitability and create new market opportunities.
Areas of Expertise

Battery for medical and special application design. Electrode materials, parts and electrolytes selection and properties investigation. Electrode area and working parameters optimization. Separators and membranes design, preparation and properties investigation, selection and parameters optimization.
Experiments and processes design and control (DOE and SPC), and results evaluation. Mathematical modeling, optimization and yield improving.
Chargers and performance monitoring equipment design, production and implementation.
Hand on experience in pilot-plant equipment design and maintenance. Basic and special laboratory equipment operation, maintenance and upgrading.
Corrosion investigation, monitoring, and protection. Inhibitors synthesis, investigation, selection and application. Corrosion sensors design and application investigation.
Electrochemical engineering and galvanotechnology. Metals (Cu, Ag, Au, Pt, Ir, Ni, Co, Fe, Zn, Cr) and their alloys plating and electroforming. Noble metals and corrosion resistance alloys chemical and electrochemical etching. Electropolishing and chemical polishing.
Photochemical machining and processing. MEMS design and fabrication. Electrochemical sensors design, fabrication and performance evaluation.
Medical devices design, processing and improvement. Quality and accelerating life tests and investigation with post-mortem analysis. Biomedical microstimulators, pacemakers, glucose sensors.

Professional Experience

Manufacturing Companies, California 2002 to present Consultant
Development and implementation processes, tests, experiments and equipment for chemical processes, corrosion investigations and protection; Battery and special electrochemical system formulation, properties investigation and implementation; Existing chemical and engineering processes modeling and optimization, yield improving; Staff training.

Alfred E. Mann Foundation, Valencia, California 1999 to 2002 Senior Electrochemist
Responsible for the investigation of charge injection and stability performance of implantable electrodes. Developed corrosion and accelerated life tests of implantable medical devices. Directed failure analysis process. The Foundation conducts scientific and medical research to improve the quality of life of people suffering from debilitating medical disabilities.
• Created a laboratory for electrochemical and corrosion research according to GMP and GLP compliance.
• Designed a technique for the investigation of corrosion performance of battery electrodes and determined corrosion rate.
• Investigated battery system performance for implantable devices.
• Designed experiment for accelerated life test and developed this into a commercial process.
• Invented a technique for platinum plating on titanium.
• Designed a technique and equipment for the investigation of corrosion performance of implantable electrodes and determined corrosion rate
• Presented results at scientific meetings and consulted with other Mann companies on their individual electrochemistry and corrosion problems.

VACCO Industries, South El Monte, California 1996 to 1999
Process Engineer
Designed processes and equipment for electrochemical and chemical etching of corrosion resistant alloys. Company is ISO 9001:2000 registered.
• Development nickel electroforming, nitinol electropolishing and electrofabrication.
• Scale up these processes to mass production.
• Coordinate products and processes specifications with customers.
• PCM technology on flat and 3D applications.
• Taught electrochemistry to staff.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles 1995 to 1996
Researcher
Investigation of stainless steel corrosion.
• Emphasis on welded parts corrosion performance.
• Investigation corrosion rate of heat affected zones.

Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology 1988 to 1994
Professor of General Chemical Technology
Teaching curriculums in General Chemical Technology to all levels of university students. Supervising graduate students’ explorations and thesis work.
R&D works and projects:
• Research and development battery parts (electrodes, separators, membranes, case, electrolyte), and overall batteries stability and performance.
• Polymer/solid electrolytes devices design and operation evaluation.
• Electroforming battery and fuel cells parts and units.
• Waste water decontamination by galvanochemical processes.
• Designed multipurpose chemical equipment to produce a wide range of reagents in one unit, and their mathematical models.

Dnepropetrovsk State University, USSR 1981 to 1988
Engineering Research
Designed equipment and processes for analysis and to produce chemicals, corrosion monitoring and metals plating. Introduced electroforming battery, fuel cells and RF parts and units. Taught courses, directed laboratory and tutored students in electrochemistry, analytical and general chemistry.
Education

Ph.D. in Electrochemistry 1982 Dnepropetrovsk State University USSR
M.S. in Chemical Engineering 1973 Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology USSR

Society Membership

American Chemical Society (ACS) 1999 to present
International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) 1997 to present
Electrochemical Society (ECS) 1996 to present

Publications

The list of publications includes more than 60 printed works in journals ELEKTROKHIMIA (Soviet Electrochemistry), JOURNAL PRIKLADNOJ KHIMII (Journal of Applied Chemistry), UKRAINIAN CHEMICAL JOURNAL, ZASHCHITA METALLOV (Protection of Metals), MODELIST-KONCTRUKTOR (Modelist-Designer), in ECS and ICE - meetings abstracts and other conference collections.

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