Dr. East is a synthetic polymer chemist with many years´ experience. He received his B.Sc. degree in 1959 in Organic Chemsitry and his Ph.D. in 1964, both from the University of Bristol, England. He joined ICI Fibers Division in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England and spent 16 years largely concerned with the chemistry of polyethylene terephthalate, nylon and other fiber-forming polymers. During his work at Harrogate, he made the very first observation of liquid crystal polymer behavior. In 1979 he transferred to the Celanese Research Corporation facility in Summit, New Jersey where he became a member of the Senior Scientific Staff. Dr. East´s lifetime interst has been the inter-relation of polymer physical properties with molecular structure. While at Summit he worked on liquid crystal polymers in the VECTRA™ family, functional polymers including opto-electronic materials (NLO), piezo-electric polymers and photofractive materials. His more recent interests embrace new kinds of bio-erodable and biodegradable polymers. Dr. East has authored 40 patnets, many puclications and three reference book chapters.
University of Bristol (England), PhD in Organic Chemistry (1964)
University of Bristol (England), BS (UpperSecond Class Honors equivalent to Magna Cum Laude) (1959)
Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (2007 - present)
Consultant (2005 - 2007)
Research Fellow, Polymerix Corporation, Piscataway, NJ (2002 - 2005)
Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology (1999 - 2005)
Principal Chemist, Hoechst Celanese Corp., Summit, NJ (1990 - 1998)