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David Mark Manuta

Consulting Chemist, Expert Witness, Fire Investigation, Litigation
Certificate # 882
Manuta Chemical Consulting, Inc.
431 Gordon Avenue
Waverly, OH 45690-1208
Phone #: (740) 947-7998
Fax #: (740) 947-1565

Mission Statement: The Application of Fundamental Chemical Principles to Solve Problems. Vision Statement: To Solve Problems That Aren't in Any Book.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta
Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton

Technical Societies:

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Member, American Chemical Society (ACS) Fluorine and Inorganic Divisions
Member, American Institute of Chemists (AIC)
Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Member, National Forensic Center (NFC)
Member and Strategic Planner, Ohio Academy of Science (OAS)

Listed In:

American Lawyer Media Directories of Expert Witnesses and Consultants
ASTM Directory of Scientific & Technical Consultants & Expert Witnesses
Marquis Who’s Who in America, Science and Engineering, plus the World
National Directory of Expert Witnesses
Sterling’s Who’s Who World Wide

Previous Experience:

1990-2000 Research Staff Member I, II at Lockheed Martin Utility Services, Inc. [now the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC)], Piketon, OH
1995 Adjunct Professor of Physics Ohio University-Chillicothe, OH campus
1989-1990 Assistant Professor II of Chemistry/Physical Science Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
1986-1988 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA
1980-1981 Laboratory Technician, Scientific Process and Research, Somerset, NJ

Engaged In Consulting Practice Since:

1998

Publications & Patents:

PUBLICATIONS
1. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Photophysics of Metal Carbonyl Complexes. Multiple Emissions from Diimine Tetracarbonyl Complexes of Group 6B Metals in Room Temperature Solution,” Inorg.Chem. (1983) 22, 572.
2. S. Chun, D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Photophysics of Group 6B Metal Complexes,” 13th Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM) of the American Chemical Society, Hartford, Connecticut, June 1983, abstract #103. 3. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Solvent and Substituent Effects on the Low-Lying Absorptions of M(CO)4 Diimine (M = Cr, Mo, W) Complexes, 13th NERM of the American Chemical Society, Hartford, Connecticut, June 1983, abstract #114.
4. A. J. Lees and D. M. Manuta, “Effects of Solvent and Substituent on the Low-Lying, Excited States of M(CO)4 Diimine (M = Cr, Mo, W) Complexes, 186th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D. C., August 1983, abstract #216.
5. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Solvent and Substituent Effects on the Lowest Energy Excited States of M(CO)4 Diimine (M = Cr, Mo, W) Complexes”, Inorg. Chem. (1983) 22, 3825.
6. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Wavelength and Temperature Effects on the Photochemistry of M(CO)4 Diimine (M = Cr, Mo, W) Complexes,” 14th NERM of the American Chemical Society, Fairfield, Connecticut, June 1984, abstract #196.
7. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Solvent Effects on the Low-Lying Excited States of Metal Carbonyl Complexes,” Biennial Inorganic Chemistry Symposium on Excited States, Toronto, Canada, June 1985.
8. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Emission and Photochemistry of M(CO)4 (diimine) (M = Cr, Mo, W) Complexes in Room Temperature Solution, “ Inorg. Chem. (1986) 25, 1354.
9. D. P Drolet, D. M. Manuta, and A. J. Lees, “Characterization of Cu(II) Complexes of Imidazole, Benzimidazole, and Benzotriazole,” 16th NERM of the American Chemical Society, Binghamton, NY, June 1986.
10. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “Solvatochromism of the Metal to Ligand Charge-Transfer Transitions of Zerovalent Tungsten Carbonyl Complexes,” Inorg. Chem. (1986) 25, 3212.
11. D. M. Manuta and A. J. Lees, “An Experiment in Organometallic Photochemistry. Preparation and Reaction of 2,2’-bipyridinetetracarbonylmolybdenum (0),” J. Chem. Educ. (1987) 63, 637.
12. D. M. Manuta, “Syllabus for External Degree and Off-Campus Programs Course in “An Introduction to Physical Science,” Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa 52142, 1988.
13. D. P Drolet, D. M. Manuta, and A. J. Lees, A. D. Katnani, and G. J. Coyle, “FTIR and XPS Study of Copper (II) Complexes of Imidazole and Benzimidazole,” Inorg. Chem. (1988) 146, 17.
14. Quantitative Infrared Analysis of Total Refrigerant-114, The Chemist March/April 1999, pp. 7-12.
15. An Evaluation of Commercially Available Sealers, The Chemist January/February 2000, pp. 37-41.
16. The Chemistry of an Industrial Aluminum Fire, The Chemist March/April 2000, pp. 21-24.
17. A Chemical/Thermodynamic Study of Aluminum Compounds, The Chemist September/October 2000, pp.19-24.
18. Laboratory Tests of a Silicon-Containing Monomer Used to Seal Refrigerant-114 Leaks; POEF-USEC-14, May 19, 2000.

PRESENTED PAPERS
1. The Chemistry of the Uranium Oxyfluorides: Reference – POEF-TO-54; ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL (1995).
2. The Chemistry of the Uranium Oxyfluorides, II; Reference- POEF-TO-55; ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL (1995).
3. Quantitative Infrared Analysis of Hydrogen Fluoride; Reference- POEF-LMUS-76; ACS

ASTM Standard Designation: C1441-99
Approved July 10, 1999 Published September 1999
‘Standard Test Method for The Analysis of Refrigerant-114, Plus Other Carbon-Containing and Fluorine-Containing Compounds in Uranium Hexafluoride via Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy.’

DATE OF INCORPORATION: 1998.

MISSION: Application of Fundamental Chemical Principles to Solve Problems.

VISION: To Solve Problems That Aren’t in Any Book.
Manuta Chemical Consulting, Inc. is listed with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Directory of Consultants and Expert Witnesses plus the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ACC&CE).
Supported Plaintiff (real estate developer) in Lyon County, NV hearing to revoke the Special Use Permit granted to Advanced Specialty Gases (ASG). (The nitrogen trifluoride manufacturer has had multiple releases of toxic materials to the environment.) The Lyon County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to revoke ASG’s Special Use Permit.
Consultant on Process Improvement issues with Solidscape, Inc. Merrimack, NH.
Presentation on “Historical and Scientific Aspects of Global Warming”, Waverly (Bristol Village), OH.
Plaintiff Chemical Sensitivity Expert in a Workers Compensation case in Columbus, OH.
Plaintiff Explosion/Fire Expert in an-going Defective Product case in suburban New York City.
Plaintiff Fire Expert in an Insurance Subrogation case in Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH).
Defense Fire Expert for Public Defender’s Office in Angela Garcia case (capital arson) in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, OH).
Plaintiff Slip/Fall Expert in Jacqueline Nelson case in Baltimore, MD.
Write MSDS documents for chemical suppliers and waste handlers (pertechnetyl fluoride).
Principal investigator and consultant on unusual occurrences in the chemical industry (industrial fire investigation).
Problem solver and consultant on chemical aspects of complex industrial operation (improved efficiency).
Recommendation of proper materials for various applications in large industrial settings (e.g., roofing materials, environmentally friendly detergents, and floor coatings).
Laboratory methods development and writing (e.g., approved ASTM standards).
Expertise in applying thermodynamic principles to chemical industry processes (deduce the probabilities of certain chemical reactions taking place).
Expertise in the application of electrochemistry to chemical industry processes (oxidation reduction chemistry of transition metals and uranium).

Expertise in applying structure and bonding principles to chemical industry processes (optimizing trapping materials).
Interpretation of spectroscopic data to support chemical industry processes (use of on-line instrumentation for process monitoring).
Developed underlying theory for the application of one of a kind instrumentation (various on-line analyzers).
Active involvement in replacing ozone depleting and global warming industrial coolants.
Recommended chemical sealant for conservation of industrial coolant.
Knowledgeable in the chemistry of radioactive elements (e.g., technetium and uranium).
Experienced in the safe handling of strong oxidants (including fluorine-bearing materials).
Experienced in the use of vacuum manifold systems for handling corrosive and hazardous gases.
Experienced in the use of electronic databases and the Internet for locating useful data.
Experienced in working in a regulated environment (e.g., Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

Scope of Activities:

Expert Witnessing/Litigation Support, Fire Investigations, Applications of photochemistry, spectroscopy, structure and bonding, plus thermodynamics to solve commercial/industrial challenges and problems. Training in the Physical Sciences.

Specializing In:

Expert Witnessing/Litigation Support, Fire Investigations, and in activities requiring the communication of scientific concepts/principles to lay audiences.