Fetzpahs Consulting is a provider of practical solutions to problems in the chemistry and analysis of petroleum-related materials and the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The size of projects can be large or small, with rates that are flexible enough to meet budgetary constraints.
The principal, John C. Fetzer, is a recognized world-class expert in the chemistry and analysis of the polycyclic aromatic compounds. Specialist in the development of separation and compositional analysis methods aimed particularly at crude oil, its distillate
fractions (including asphalt and residuum), catalytically-processed petroleum products (waxes, mineral oils, lube oil basestocks, fuels, and intermediate oils, petrochemical products, and additives. He has a high-level of expertise in high-performance liquid, supercritical fluid, gel-permeation and gas chromatographies, and fluorescence and UV absorbance measurements.
Analytical Chemistry Consulting Services
- Environmental Analysis – Data Quality, Chemical Analysis Solutions, Work with Laboratories
- Explain Chemistry of Poly-cyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – Occurrence, Sources, Degradation, Oxidation, Synthesis, Physical Properties, etc.
- Develop New Analyses for Crude Oil, Petroleum Products, PAHs, Environmental Concerns
Soft Skills for Scientists and Engineers
- Dealing with a Bad Boss
- Writing and Speaking Skills
- Supervisory Skills
- Incentives and Rewards
- Team Building
- Creativity and Innovation
- Academia, Industry, and Government Service
- Being Technically Diverse
- Starting or Changing Career Direction
- Understanding Others
Dr. Fetzer is an experienced expert witness, having written 9 submitted expert reports, given 7 depositions, and given sworn testimony in 1 case and also to the California Public Utilities Commission. These have been both for plaintiffs and defendants in areas of patents, chemical analyses, chemical behaviors, the composition of petroleum and its products, and hydrocarbon chemistry. A case listing of this expert-witness work will be sent upon a request.
Depositions, Expert Reports, and Trial Testimonies
I was retained by the law firm of Jones, Carr, McGoldrick LLP of Dallas TX through Cecon, a consulting coordination group in Pennsylvania. They represent the defendants.
My participation in these cases dealt with trace contaminant analysis of complex hydrocarbon mixtures and the behavior of distillation equipment.
A deposition was given in November, 2008 as conjoined cases.
My participation in this case dealt with the analysis of an organic aromatic amine in water-based samples and the chemistry related to that. This pertained to California Proposition 65 compliance.
A deposition was given in May, 2009 and trial testimony given in June, 2009.
This case involved the processing of coal tar pitch into carbon electrodes used in aluminum smelting and whether polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons would be released and exposed workers.
I wrote an expert report which was submitted as evidence. A deposition for a Frye challenge was given in August, 2014.
This case involved a patent infringement suit involving the use of carbon black as the pigment in solutions used for tattooing as a marker for internal surgeries. At issue was the level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the carbon black.
Expert report was written and submitted as evidence. Deposition given September, 2011
The case involved alleged hydrocarbon-contamination of cereals within boxes that utilized a multi-layered bag, which had a layer of wax. The contaminants supposedly migrated into the cereal, causing taste and odor issues for consumers.
An expert report was written and submitted as evidence. A deposition given in September, 2013.
The case involved patent infringement of a solvent system used to clean pads for reuse in cleaning applications and the nature of solvents and their behaviors.
An expert report was written and submitted as evidence in February, 2015.
The case involved a patent at issue about the use of drag-reducing additives for the transports of heavy-crude oils, bitumens, and related material through pipelines.
An expert report was written and submitted August 17, 2016. A deposition was given in August, 2016.
This case involved a breach of contract dispute arising out of the results of # 6 above.
An expert report was written and submitted as evidence in December, 2016.