“Current R&D efforts in polymer development are targeting bioplastics that are renewable utilizing natural precursors, and fillers and modifiers within the bioplastic matrix to enhance the mechanical performance and processability characteristics of the biomaterial.”

Richard Maldanis, Ph.D.

For over a decade, Richard Maldanis, Ph.D. has been assisting Nerac clients in the specialty chemistry and material science fields. His diverse expertise in organic, inorganic, organometallic and polymer chemistry provides clients with solutions to a broad range of chemistry-related challenges.

Dr. Maldanis is skilled at prior art and invalidity patent searching including on compositional, structural, formulation and pharmaceutical chemistry related queries. Dr. Maldanis also works with clients in locating vendors of hard to find materials, chemicals or equipment having certain specifications as well as contract labs that form collaborations with companies to assist in their R&D innovations. Dr. Maldanis also provides Nerac clients assistance in technical solutions in synthetic and applied chemistry as well as location of information on numerical, property and analytical processes for chemicals, metals, polymers and other formulations. Dr. Maldanis also specializes in Chemical Abstracts and structure/Markush searching as well as creation of complex and focused strategies for automated alerts.

Dr. Maldanis obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Drew University and his Ph.D. in organometallic/polymer chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. During his graduate studies at UMass under the direction of professors Marvin D. Rausch and James C.W. Chien, he authored three technical articles in peer-reviewed journals on the synthesis of novel transition metal catalysts for the polymerization of olefins, industrially sponsored by Solvay Polyolefin Belgium Europe and Texas Eastman. Dr. Maldanis went on to serve as a chemistry professor at Mount Holyoke College and Bay Path College before joining Nerac in 2004.

Primary Disciplines

  • Materials (Polymers & Ceramics)

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Organometallic


  • Advanced Materials


  • Ph.D., Polymer/Organometallic Chemistry, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • B.A., Chemistry, Drew University

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