Neville Fernandes

Associate Scientist at Pixelligent Technologies

Work History

Work History
Oct 2014 - Present

Associate Scientist, Product Development

Pixelligent Technologies, Baltimore, MD
  • Working closely with an integrated team of researchers to develop a new polymer-nanocomposite product.
  • Successfully delivered on project milestone for the customer one month ahead of schedule.
  • Devising & performing experiments, analyzing data, interpreting results & presenting to development team.
  • Performing thorough literature review to resolve technical problems and improve on the product.
  • Conducting analytical testing & characterization of test samples to gather performance data.
  • Interfacing with vendors in sourcing laboratory equipment and providing recommendation for best models.
Jun 2014 - Oct 2014

R&D Chemist, Dow Electronic Materials

Dow Chemical Co., Princeton, NJ
  • Performed synthesis and processing of inorganic phosphors, from manufacturing to refining stages.
  • Responsible for set-up & monitoring of manufacturing process in high temperature furnaces.
  • Performed production scale-up from lab scale to pilot scale to ascertain feasibility of the process.
  • Conducted analytical testing & characterization of product to judge progress in development.
Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

Polymer Process Engineer

Polymer Processing Institute, Newark, NJ
  • Performed polymer processing like polymer mixing, single/twin-screw extrusion, injection molding.
  • Tested & characterized various polymer samples for mechanical, thermal and rheological properties.
  • Performed day-to-day process activities like movement & dispensing of material, process and equipment monitoring, equipment cleaning and sterilization and process documentation.
  • Provided analyses of processing and characterization data and interpreting results for industrial clients.
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013

Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemical Eng

University of Maryland at College Park, MD
  • Conducted research in changing polymer hydrogel surfaces and shapes in 3-D by applying appropriate environmental stimuli; obtained a publication for the same work.
  • Invented new type of hydrogels and developed applications for the same in drug delivery &medical devices.
  • Synthesized & characterized polymers, performed analytical testing and published and presented reports.
  • Successfully trained researchers and students in conducting experiments and using different equipment.
Sep 2011 - Feb 2012

Product Development Engineer

Prasidiux Inc., College Park, MD
  • Product Development Engineer Developed new sensors, which detect temperature changes at room temperature, for vaccine preservation.
  • Modified existing product chemistry(polymer/solvent) to get desired response at required temperature.
  • Performed rigorous testing of product to demonstrate performance stability at desired working conditions.
  • Performed scale up operations to demonstrate the viability of the process for commercialization.
May 2008 - Jul 2008

Process Engineer Intern, Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai, India
  • Process Engineer Intern, Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Prepared report on activities of overall plant and synergy of functioning of various units in the plant.
  • Studied in detail the working of downstream FCC Unit that produces precursor chemicals to gasoline.
  • Performed material & energy balance computations and carried out detailed analysis of heat exchanger train.

Education

Education
Dec 2013

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

University of Maryland

Thesis: “A New Class of Hybrid Hydrogels”

Published one journal paper and presented at a conference and a symposium

May 2009

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

University of Maryland

Project: “Techno-economic Feasibility Report: Design a Plant to Manufacture 100 TPD of Calcined Alumina” - rated in top 5% in class of 70.

Skills

Skills

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Rheology

Lithography

Polymer Mixing

Extrusion

Wet Chemistry

Solids Handling

Spectrophotometry