About The Author, Paul Krebaum

Picture (above): Me and a few of my skunk friends: Punk (left), unknown, Pepe le Pew (right), Stinky (in hand). Well-intentioned family members send me these.

A brief bio:

Paul Krebaum, age 40-something. Married, 3 children. Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Bennington College. Also attended Rensselear Polytechnic Institute for 2 years. Worked in the cosmetics field for a few years, then joined Molex, Inc. Stayed 15 years with Molex before starting my own consulting business, The Adhesive Doctor. (see letterhead at bottom of this document).

Received 4 patents at Molex, U.S. 5,036,249; 5,456.616; 5,952,446; and 6,265,519. It was while working on the first patent that the skunk remedy was invented. Part of the research involved a reaction which produced hydrogen sulfide gas...and was not appreciated by others in the building. I used a much stronger version of "the recipe" to scrub this waste gas stream, to much success. One of the guys I worked with in the lab, Maciej Pike-Biegunski, told me one day that the family cat had just gotten skunked. I wrote down a much milder formula for him to try on the cat, and it worked ! I sent my tale in to Chemical & Engineering News, K.M. Reese published it in the "Newscripts" section on Oct. 18, 1993. And as they say, the rest is history. Actually, things were kind of uneventful until Peter Kendall of the Chicago Tribune caught the scent of the C&EN article and published a piece in the Trib. 15 minutes of fame does wonders for the ego, more than that is a pain in the ass...the last thing parents of a newborn need is the local UHF station wanting to drop by with a camera crew because it's been a slow news day.

I'll wind this up with a plug for my consulting business. I discovered my passion for polymer chemistry at Molex, and after over 15 years with their premier corporate R & D group (Advanced Development) I've gotten involved with just about every material and process related to electrical connectors, fiber optics, and membrane switches. It was our original charter to introduce new materials and technology to the rest of the company. And, interestingly, we were called the "skunkworks" by the group's founder (John Krehbiel, Sr.) who patterned it after the famous U-2 spyplane Skunkworks.

I've discovered I have a knack for fixing, inventing, and improving things, whether they be polymers or processes. My favorite polymers are epoxy resins, followed by silicones, acrylics & other olefins, polyureas, and polyurethanes, respectively. These are the major polymers for high-tech structural adhesives. Where these adhesives meet industrial assembly processes defines a problem area faced by almost every manufacturer: it needs improvement. Why ? The reasons abound:

"Curing this adhesive is the bottleneck in our whole process, if we could speed it up we could double our production rate..."

"Our workers develop allergies to Resin "X"."

"It doesn't stick." Worse: "Sometimes it sticks well, other times it doesn't." Worst: "It sticks great, then fails in the field."

And the list goes on. Curing the above ills, and many others, is what I do. If your process has problems, call The Adhesive Doctor. (a.k.a. me) Or write, e-mail, etc. I charge for solutions, but brief opinions as to whether or not I can help are free (unless travel is required).

A bit of detail on my epoxy resin specialties: (I've worked w/epoxies for 25 yrs)

Epoxy polymers via ANY cure mechanism. --amine --amide --anhydride --polyol --mercaptan (thiol) --polyacid --Mannich base --copolymerizations --Lewis acid/Lewis base --U.V. cure/I.R. cure/Heat cure/Dual cure/"Snap" cure --and more...

Screen printable & syringe dispensible compositions: --electrically conductive --Z-axis conductive --thermally conductive --assorted dielectric constants --barrier to moisture/gasses/chemicals --barrier to silver migration --electrically insulating --replacement for sheet film adhesives and laminations

Resins which are: --adhesive --elastomeric --thermal shock resistant --ultra-fast curing --ultra-low shrinkage --abrasion resistant --solventless --weatherproof --clear or any color you want --fluorescent, phosphorescent, electroluminescent --based on natural (vegetable) sources --1/2/3 parts --long pot life & quick curing (in the same system) --tolerant of surface contamination

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Last Update: 10/08/02
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