Our Principal Scientists

Delaware Polymer R&D has deep and broad expertise in polymer science, including:

  • Polymerization
  • Characterization
  • Processing

In addition to our Principal Scientists highlighted here, we work with a network of consultants, as needed for specific projects.

Let us know if you would like to consult with of our scientists on this page.

Brian Auman

Expertise: Polymer Chemistry

  • Synthesis, characterization and manufacturing of a wide range of polymers, especially related to step-growth polymerization
  • Developed novel polymers including:
    • Polyimides for semiconductor & electronic devices
    • Liquid crystal polymers for electronic packaging and components
    • Engineering polymers (polyetherketones, aramids, polyethersulfones, aromatic polyesters)


  • 30+ years of technical and leadership experience in various DuPont polymers businesses


  • PhD Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Michael K. Crawford

Expertise: Physical Chemistry and Materials Science

  • Polymers and polymer physics
  • Barrier materials and layers
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Neutron and x-ray scattering
  • Optical and vibrational spectroscopy
  • Photovoltaic materials (hybrid perovskites)
  • Magnetic materials, including low dimensional systems and transition metal oxides
  • Conservation science


  • 30+ years of technical experience in DuPont Central R&D
  • Current – Affiliated Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, U of Delaware


  • PhD Chemistry, Columbia University, New York
  • Post-doc, Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Garry Figuly

Expertise: Organic / Polymer chemistry

  • Synthesis, characterization, processing, and structure-property relationships
  • Polymer synthesis and applications, including:
    • Hydrogels, elastomers, spandex, TPEs, ionomers, acrylates, liquid crystalline polymers, polyesters, polyamides, polyimides, biologically derived polymers, and conductive polymers
  • Coating and encapsulation of actives
  • Fiber spinning (melt spinning, wet spinning, dry spinning)


  • 30+ years of technical experience in DuPont Central R&D and polymer businesses


  • PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Charlie Koerting

Expertise: Analytical Chemistry

  • Analytical chemistry problem-solving, develops cross-lab analysis protocols
  • Manufacturing support:
    • Develops analysis systems for manufacturing facilities
    • Develops structure/property/process relationships to understand root cause of problems
  • Develops and implements analysis protocols for FDA, REACH and GHS


  • 30+ years of experience, primarily in DuPont Corporate analysis group


  • PhD Physical Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Doug Lamb

Expertise: Coatings Science

  • Coatings science and formulation, product development and testing


  • 30+ years of experience in the Coating Industry, including 23 years with DuPont Performance Coatings Division as a formulator and developmental paint chemist


  • PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana

Debora Massouda

Expertise: Polymer Materials Science and Processing

  • Structure/property/process relationships
  • Polymer processing, dispersion, fiber spinning, nonwovens, coextrusion, drag reduction, rheology


  • 30+ years of industrial experience, including 20 years in DuPont Central R&D


  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Jose Rodriguez-Parada

Expertise: Polymer chemistry

  • Polymer science and polymer application development
    • Polymers include:
      • Fluoropolymers, Liquid Crystalline polymers, Polymer modification, Block and Graft copolymers, Epoxies
    • Applications include:
      • Lithium batteries, Photonic materials, Photovoltaic materials, Adhesives


  • 30+ years of experience in DuPont Central R&D


  • PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Post-doctorate, Liquid Crystalline Polymers, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Nikolay Vladimirov

Expertise:  Analytical Sciences

  • Liquid chromatography (variety of modes), Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC, GPC), Multi-angle Laser Light Scattering, Particle size analysis in solution
  • Method development and characterization of a wide range of polymers, including:
    • Organic soluble homopolymers and co-polymers
    • Water soluble non-ionic, anionic, cationic, zwitterionic, and hydrophobically modified polymers and copolymers


  • 30+ years of experience in industry and academia with equipment manufacturers and polymer suppliers


  • PhD from the Institute of Polymers, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences