Dr. Rich Sapienza

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Dr. Rich Sapienza

Executive Director Science and Research

@dr-rich-sapienza-4046b89

Dr. Sapienza was hired under Jimmy Carter’s Research Addressed to National Needs at Brookhaven National Lab; helped developed DOE’s Energy Conservation Utilization Technology division; and  is a dedicated and passionate futurist and an optimist. He has worked in and for companies and organizations that want practical and applied solutions and believes science and technology has solutions and ignorance and poverty create most of the world’s problems.

His work includes GTL catalysis, carbon dioxide utilization, water cleanup ANG, drilling mud chemistry, lubricants and other green chemical needs. Dr. Sapienza’s company Enersciences, LLC provides innovative changes for the dynamic drilling and NG industry. Enersciences provides practical science for the home to oil field innovation and the de-icing of airplanes.

Dr. Sapienza’s other company is Visibly Green/Energime is focused on the commercial development of alternative energy processes that promise near-term applications in the field. Visibly Green is constantly working to develop innovative solutions that help reduce operating costs or resolve operational problems. DrRich acts as Technical Director – work in waiting.

Energime is the world’s first “Humanitarian Corporation”, an umbrella company that collaborates with many supportive entities and has over 40 years of experience on some of the largest and most prestigious sustainable growth projects and services available around the world.

As co-founder of METSS, a small R&D business, Dr. Sapienza had the leading role to develop capabilities and establish strategic alliances to position METSS as a viable player in the development, testing, and commercialization of innovative technologies. Under his leadership, METSS grew to 30 employees with over $6 million per year of contract research and three major commercialization projects. He has fostered participation partnerships, internal team building, staff mentoring, and hiring consultants. By creating an open atmosphere of communication and interaction between scientific and engineering personnel with a defined applied catalysis and industrial ecology strategy, he has managed innovation, practiced tech transfer, and has acted as an information specialist spotting and placing new technology.

Dr. Sapienza has over 30 years of program management experience and 35 years developing new materials and new methods of materials analysis. Dr. Sapienza has a broad background in process chemistry applied to industrial processes. His innovative efforts have resulted in a new metal winning process; homogeneous and heterogeneous high activity catalysts for fuels and hydrogen production; approaches to diesel soot reduction and new bio-based deicing and dielectric fluids. The National Research Council as a future “benchmark discovery in catalysis” has recognized his homogeneous methanol patent.

In addition to his R&D experience, Dr. Sapienza has lectured at the university level. He is highly regarded for his creativity, enthusiasm, fine communication skills and ability to work with others. Dr. Sapienza has lead several teams assessing new technology and organized technical teams for a business strategy for pollution reduction and hazardous materials minimization and the commercial development of space.

Dr. Sapienza’s role has included the listener-consultant servicing specific needs, the speaker-promoter advertising talent and programs, the leader-worker planning and producing projects and proposals, and the administrator-salesman marketing results and future prospects. Dr. Sapienza has authored over 50 publications and patents and has been an invited speaker at universities, professional meetings, conferences and symposia.

He has contributed to TV and radio programs and his work has been featured in newspapers [now a regular columnist for the Times-Gazette] and magazines.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

  • BS (Chemistry) SUNY at Stony Brook 1969
  • MS (Organic Chemistry) Univ. of Texas 1971
  • PhD (Inorganic Chemistry) Univ. of Texas 1976

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Visibly Green –  2010-present
Planner – Scientist

A Business and employment cooperative that represent a new approach to providing support to the creation of new businesses. PlanetWalden enables budding entrepreneurs to experiment with their business idea while benefiting from a secure income. Once the business is established the entrepreneur is not forced to leave and set up independently, but can stay and become a full member of the co-operative. The micro-enterprises thus combine to form one multi-activity enterprise whose members provide a mutually supportive environment for each other.

Squog Properties – 2010 to present on Facebook
Principal

Supplies homes to the young and needy via a rent to own policy creating more livable neighborhoods by designing our community in such a way that addresses the needs of all residents and improves the general quality of life.. Families need places to live. We help supply them with rents below market levels and with an incentive to keep paying eventual ownership. Squog Properties has 8 occupied refurbished “homes” and is creating new jobs and skilled workers, stabilizing housing conditions, reducing energy dependence, and helping families save money during these challenging times. Squog’s Weatherization Program retrofits the homes to reduce energy costs and improve health and safety standards. We’ve put money back in the pockets of families annually and are making a 12.5% return on our investment. Squog plans on tripling the number of households we serve in the year ahead and wants to reach all unemployed, underemployed and disconnected individuals living in our community

Indoor Greenfield – 2011-present on Facebook
Manager

Community family entertainment club with a multisport complex that will provide both members and casual users an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and leisure programs and activities situated two blocks from downtown Greenfield, Ohio. There are currently no other facilities like this anywhere in a 45 minute drive. Indoor Greenfield can offer an 8000 square foot Event Room with Time Warner Cable, DVD, Stereo & surround sound system, access for a stage, & private bathroom. The facility is available for Parties, Meetings, Dancing and Classes. Outdoors is a 80x100ft Park to be built for “Garage” band performances and outdoor activities. Picnic area and a parking lot.

METSS Corporation  – 1994-2009
CEO, Senior Scientist

Dr. Sapienza as scientist and leader created an organization structured to (a) conduct successful R&D programs, and (b) rapidly develop new processes and products for the government, industry, and commerce. His developments of non-toxic, environmentally friendly deicers for aircraft applications received R&D Magazines R&D Award for one of the best technical innovations of 2001. Dr. Sapienza also discovered and patented a catalytically reactive topical skin protectant against chemical warfare agents and alternative ignition catalysts for advanced monopropellants.

Dr. Sapienza established the METSS tech transfer business model and formed the following businesses bringing METSS technology to the market:

Glacial Technologies – Glacial Technologies, a joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland Company and a METSS subsidiary company (MLI), was formed in July of 2001 to commercialize new environmentally friendly, non-corrosion deicing and anti-icing technologies for roadway and facility applications based upon a series of Sapienza patents. From another series of Dr.Sapienza’s patents, MLI sells a new line of deicing products through Orison Marketing. MLI currently has the only non-glycol deicer that meets all of the qualifications for aircraft use. Heat transfer fluids and related hydraulic fluids are also being commercialized.

Electric Fluids – Dr. Sapienza developed IP also lead to the formation of a joint venture to commercialize opportunities in environmentally friendly fluids and additives. Electric Fluids LLC (EF) provides environmentally friendly dielectric fluids for submarine high voltage cables and transformers using food-grade materials. Dr. Sapienza is principal manager.

Brookhaven National Laboratory 1976-1990 Department of Applied Science, Upton, NY 11973

Group Leader – Division Manager 1984-1990

Dr. Sapienza directed, administered, promoted and coordinated activities of the Fuels and Catalysis Division. He supervised a multi-discipline research team on projects related to alternative fuels, energy conversion and energy conservation for industry, government and academia; interfaced with laboratory administration, other departments and divisions, providing scientific and engineering expertise for new program directives and was consultant to MIT chemical Engineering Practice School programs.

Chemist – Group Leader 1982-1984

Associate-Assistant Chemist 1976-1982

Long Island Technical Associates 1985-2010

Managing Partner -Consulting services performed and directed for energy industry. Clients included Martech, Honda, Mitsui, Stone&Webster, Syntroleum, Rapid Energy, LiquidCarbonic, Exxon, Air Products, Shoreham Financial, Bear Stern, Korean gov’t, DoE, DoD SBIR program, EPRI, GRI

University of Connecticut at Storrs 1971-1973

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (University Teaching Merit)

Managing Partner -Consulting services performed and directed for energy industry. Clients included Martech, Honda, Mitsui, Stone&Webster, Syntroleum, Rapid Energy, LiquidCarbonic, Exxon, Air Products, Shoreham Financial, Bear Stern, Korean gov’t, DoE, DoD SBIR program, EPRI, GRI

University of Connecticut at Storrs 1971-1973

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (University Teaching Merit)

The University of Texas at Austin 1969-1971 Instructor – Head Teaching Associate (H. R. Henze Teaching Award Winner)

Other skills include:

  • Solving and analytical talents combined with P&L management and infrastructure development experience, structured business skills and technology savvy
  • Business process reengineering and relationship marketing programs
  • Tasking capabilities with ability to plan, prioritize and manage complex projects under aggressive timelines presentations, white papers, tech notes and proposals
  • Functional lines with a record for leading and motivating technical professionals to achieve high levels of performance proposals. Has prepared documents for tech transfer.
  • Has worked with attorneys and financial supporters.



SELECT PUBLICATIONS

  • Sapienza, M. Sansone, L. Spaulding, and J. Lynch, Novel Interpretations of Carbon Oxide Reductions, Fundamental Research in Homogeneous Catalysis. M. Tsutsi, Ed., Vol 3, 179, Plenum Pub. Corp., NY, 1979.
  • Sapienza, W. Slegeir, R. Goldberg and B. Easterling, Carbon Monoxide – Resource of the Future. Coal Technology 80, Vol VI, 647, Plenum Pub. Corp., NY, 1980.
  • Gaffney, R. Sapienza, T. Butcher, C. Krishna, W. Marlow and T. O’Hare. Soot Reduction in Diesel Engines: A Chemical Approach. Combustion Science and Technology, 24, 89 (1980).
  • Slegeir, R. Sapienza, and B. Easterling. Mechanistic Aspects of the Homogeneous Water Gas Shift Reaction. ACS Symposium Series Vol. 192, 325, (1981).
  • S. Sapienza and W. A. Slegeir. The Role of the Surface Oxymethylene Species in Synfuel Catalysis. Amer. Chem. Soc., Div. of Fuel Chem., preprints 28, 171, March 1983.
  • Sapienza, T. Butcher, W. Slegeir and F. Healy. Carbon Dioxide/ Water for Coal Beneficiation. ACS Symposium Series Vol. 301, 500, (1986).
  • Sapienza, W. Slegeir and D. Mahajan. When Does Molybdenum Oxide Equal Molybdenum Carbonyl? Polyhedron Vol 5, 249 (1986).
  • Krishna and R. Sapienza. A Study of the Effects of Additives on Coal-Water Mixture Atomization. IChemE Symposium Series No. 95, 115 (1985).
  • Sapienza, T. Butcher, C. Krishna, T. O’Hare and Y. Celebi. Introducing Coal-Water Mix Fuels. ASHRAE Transactions Vol. 92-I, SF-86-14 (1986).
  • E. O’Hare, R. Sapienza, D. Mahajan and G. Scaperdas. Methanol for the Transportation of Natural Gas Values. ASME Reg. V-Vol. 1, Pg. 46 (1986).
  • Mahajan and R. S. Sapienza, “Low Temperature Methanol Catalyst – Some Aspects of Process Scale-up,” 15th Annual Conference on Fuel Science, June 1990.
  • Sapienza, Personal Global Climactic Control, Chemistry in Britain.



US Patents

  • Mahajan, R. Sapienza, W. Slegeir and T. O’Hare, “Homogeneous Catalyst Formations for Methanol Production,” U.S. Patent 4,935,395, June 19, 1990. R. Sapienza and W. Slegeir, “Iron Catalysts for the Preparation of Polymethylene from Synthesis Gas,” U.S. Patent 4,904,700, Feb. 27,1990.
  • Sapienza, W. Slegeir and T. O’Hare, “Low Temperature Catalyst System for Methanol Production.” US Patent 4,614,749, September 30, 1986; USP 4,619,946 (1986); USP 4,623,634 (1986).
  • Mahajan, W. Slegeir and R. Sapienza, “Low Temperature Synthesis of Methyl Formate.” US Patent 4,613,623, September 23, 1986.
  • Mahajan, R. Sapienza, W. Slegeir and T. O’Hare, “Homogeneous Catalyst Formations for Methanol Production,” U.S. Patent 4,935,395, June 19, 1990. R. Sapienza and W. Slegeir, “Iron Catalysts for the Preparation of Polymethylene from Synthesis Gas,” U.S. Patent 4,904,700, Feb. 27,1990.
  • Sapienza, W. Slegeir and T. O’Hare, “Low Temperature Catalyst System for Methanol Production.” US Patent 4,614,749, September 30, 1986; USP 4,619,946 (1986); USP 4,623,634 (1986).
  • Mahajan, W. Slegeir and R. Sapienza, “Low Temperature Synthesis of Methyl Formate.” US Patent 4,613,623, September 23, 1986.
  • A. Slegeir, F. E. Healy and R. S. Sapienza, “Low Temperature Aqueous Desulfurization of Coal.” US Patent 4,561,859, December 31, 1985.
  • Sapienza, W. Slegeir and M. Foran, “Catalytic Production of Metal Carbonyls from Metal Oxides.” US Patent 4,476,103, October 9, 1984.
  • S. Sapienza, M. J. Sansone and W. A. Slegeir, “Catalytic Method for Synthesizing Hydrocarbons.” US Patent 4,460,710, July 17, 1984, US Patent 4,396,539, Aug. 1983.
  • Sapienza and Robert Silverstein, “Food Grade Dielectric Fluid”, US Patent 5,912,215, June 15, 1999.
  • Sapienza, Kenneth Heater, R. Mark Hodge, Joshua Michaels and J. Michael Grubb, “Optical Media Demetallization”, US Patent 6,436,197, August 20, 2002.
  • Sapienza, William Ricks and Axel Johnson; “Environmentally Benign Anti-Icing or Deicing Fluids”, US Patent 6,506,318, January 14, 2003.
  • Sapienza, “Environmentally Benign Anti-Icing or Deicing Fluids”, US Patent 6,129,857, October 10, 2000, US Patent 6,315,919, November 13, 2001, US Patent 6,544,434, April, 14 2003.
  • Sapienza, William Ricks and Joseph Sanders; “Novel Corrosion Inhibited Runway Deicing Fluids”


Some Previous RSS Research Programs Program Information Description and Accomplishments
Biodegradable, Direct Replacement Hydraulic Fluid

Air Force Phase II Completed 6/01

Contract Number: F33615-97-C-5008

POC: Ed Snyder, AFRL /MLBT

(937) 255-9036

Identified commercially available, high temperature, biodegradable fluid technology to replace petroleum-based fluids used in aircraft hydraulic systems. The replacement fluid meets all applicable performance and materials compatibility requirements. The Air Force and the Navy are in the process of converting systems to the MIL-PRF-87257 fluid. This technology is now making its way into commercial, dielectric fluid applications, such as transformers, fiber optic cable fills, etc.
Environmentally Friendly Dielectric Fluid

Long Island Light Company – Completed 6/01

POC Richard Rosin (516) 545-5721

Developed biodegradable, non-toxic direct replacements for transformer oils and fiber optic cable fill fluids traditionally based on naphthenic petroleum oils. These new materials are not only environmentally friendly but provide improved performance when compared with traditional dielectric fluids.
Environmentally Friendly Aircraft Fluid

Air Force SBIR Phase II Completed 11/00

Contract Number: F33615-98-C-5650

POC: Lee R. Gulley AFRL

(937) 656-5696

Developed the world’s first and only non-glycol fluid certified to all FAA requirements that exhibits only 50% of the BOD. Non-toxic material is derived from food grade, agriculturally derived, renewable resources. Program led to a new commercial venture for highway applications (Glacial Technologies) as well as new and improved products for airport runways. 2001 R&D 100 Award winning technology.
Edible Dry Film Lubricant

United Soybean Board Project No. 9415 Completed 4/00

POC Alan McIlroy (314) 579-1587

Developed a multi-purpose, non-toxic, anti-corrosive, dry film lubricant suitable for many household uses as well as such industrial applications such as in the manufacture child-safe toys, food machinery, and metal stamping and forming operations.
Gas Turbine Engine Oil Lubricant Additive for Advanced Bearing Steels

Air Force Phase II SBIR in progress

Contract Number: F33615-03-M-5023

POC: L. Gschwender, AFRL/MLBT

(937) 255-7530

This program involves the research, formulation and development new and effective lubricity additives for high temperature gas turbine engine oils to enhance the performance of bearings using new advanced high-chrome steels. These additives must be effective as antiwear additives without increasing deposit-forming tendencies when they experience the high temperatures of gas turbine engines.
Reactive Topical Skin Protectants for Chemical Warfare Agents;

Phase II Completed 2/03

Contract Number: DAMD 17-99-C-9046

POC: S. Hobson, U.S. Army (410) 436-2833

METSS has completed a Phase II program to develop reactive topical skin creams that not only protect the user from chemical agents by virtue of a physical barrier, but also contain compounds that destroy the agents. At this point in time, METSS has identified approximately eight to ten compounds that cause destruction of CWA simulants.

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