Title: Retired Director of Product Development and Technical Service
Company: National Starch and Chemical Company
Location: Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
Robert Edelman, PhD, Retired Director of Product Development and Technical Service of the Permabond Division at the National Starch and Chemical Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.
Interested in chemistry upon taking a chemistry class in high school, Dr. Edelman is currently celebrating his 50th year as a chemist. Commencing his career as a research associate for the Celanese Corporation in Summit, NJ, in 1969. He remained with the company for 13 years and was ultimately promoted to research associate. During this time he became the co-holder of 26 patents, several of these are in the field of resin development for carbon fiber. This field has attained great importance in recent years as a means of reducing fuel consumption for aircraft. He subsequently served as a technical manager for M&T Chemicals in Rahway, NJ, from 1982 to 1989. From 1989 to his retirement in 2003, he served in the Permabond Division of the National Starch and Chemical Company in Bridgewater, NJ. In his position, he worked as a primary in organic chemistry, particularly polymer chemistry. During his tenure, he served as the director of product development and technical service within the Permabond Division between 1998 and 2003.
To remain abreast of developments in the field, Dr. Edelman maintains affiliation with the American Chemical Society and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. As a testament to his success, he was selected for inclusion in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College and a Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida and received a Cities Service fellowship through Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, during his doctoral studies.
Dr. Edelman attributes his success to his inherent interest in the sciences and how things worked. Chemistry in industry deals with the development new of materials including how they work as well as solving potentials problems that the user may encounter. He would like to be remembered by his peers as an individual who was able to enunciate and communicate his ideas and presentations in a clear, concise manner in an effort to educate new, as well as experienced, chemists.
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