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As Director of the Chemistry practice, Dr. Babcock oversees Chemistry personnel, projects, and laboratory facilities across offices of ESi. He has formal training in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and materials property analysis. Throughout his career, he has specialized in the role that materials contribute to the limitations and failures of products and systems. He has substantial experience in a variety of materials, corrosion, measurement instrumentation, materials testing, intellectual property litigation, processing and processing equipment, R&D practices, and project management. Dr. Babcock has a broad general chemistry knowledge that is invaluable to understanding the interaction of materials on a molecular level. He has extensive experience designing and building experimental apparatus and performing analytical testing, interpreting the results, and providing detailed reports summarizing the findings. He can provide practical and comprehensive testing that is independent and unbiased. He has experience performing a broad range of tests to determine the strength, physical, chemical, and wear properties of metals, ceramics, composites, and plastics.
Dr. Babcock entered the consulting field in 2008 following eight years R&D experience in various advanced materials sectors. Most recently he served as Principal Scientist at Caulfield Engineering. He also continues to function in an advisory role as a Co-Founder of Green Light Industries, where he helped develop an electric generator planned for use in mobile power applications, a lawn mower catalytic converter, and a fuel element concept for space nuclear propulsion systems. Prior to that, Dr. Babcock worked as Senior Research Scientist at Ultramet, Inc. in Southern California where he secured over $3.5 million in government funding to support his research into ceramic matrix composites, coatings, and catalysts for the aerospace industry. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1994, a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1998, and followed that up with a post-doctoral stint in the Department of Materials Science at Northwestern. Dr. Babcock is the author of over forty technical papers and holds five patents.
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