Michael P. Bigwood, Ph. D.

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Dr. Bigwood is a physical organic chemist with 8 years of industrial research, 5 years of research management and 13 years of technical consulting product synthesis experience relating to the design and development of polymeric materials. Through this experience, Dr. Bigwood has learned how to control the chemistry and morphology of polymeric materials, and acquired in-depth understanding of the way in which these parameters influence their interaction with small organic molecules as well as large biological products such as peptides and proteins. He has applied this knowledge to the development of novel products and processes in water and wastewater treatment, chromatography, bioprocessing, catalysis and solid phase synthesis. As a research manager, Dr. Bigwood led the product and applications development effort of the world’s largest ion exchange resins manufacturer. In that function, he was also involved in the business planning process. This combination of business experience and scientific skills allows him to propose solutions to problems that are not only technically sound but also economically viable and consistent with corporate capabilities and business objectives. Through monitoring of developments in macromolecular science that supports his technical consulting activities, Dr. Bigwood recognized some unrealized product opportunities and prepares prototypes of these materials in PPI’s laboratory.