Advisory Panels

Michael Jaffe, Ph.D

Dr. Jaffe is a research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Newark College of Engineering and the director of the Medical Device Concept Laboratory, a center he founded in 1999 after a long and productive career as a polymer chemist with Hoechst Celanese Corporation, from which he retired as a Research Fellow.

Dr. Jaffe is the inventor of the High Modulus Low Shrinkage polyester tire cord product and process, which is still in commercial use. In addition, he led the group that researched, developed and commercialized the Vectra® family of thermotropic polyesters and led research programs in areas ranging from ceramic fiber development, to high performance polymer blends to biomimetic approaches to materials design.

Since joining NJIT in 1999, Dr. Jaffe has pioneered the development of new devices and systems from processing polymers in a new mini processing lab that he has established. He has collaborated with Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh to develop patented scaffolding technologies that promote growth and differentiation of non-embryonic stem cells. He is also a pioneer in the creation of chemical synthetic routes by which sugar-based chemicals can be used as building blocks to produce new monomers, polymers and additives for the commercial plastics and cosmetics industry, creating non-toxic alternatives based on renewable feed stocks.

With 18 patents and 18 book chapters, Dr. Jaffe has been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board, the Space Sciences Board, chairman of the U.S. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and chairman of the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  He was recently named as a Fellow of the ACS.    Dr. Jaffe received a BS in Chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry, Polymer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Willis Hammond, Ph.D

Dr. Hammond is a leader in the use of NMR, GPC, HPLC and GPC methods to develop and characterize new polymers.  As Leader of Corporate Analytical Problem Solving Team at Ticona Polymers unit of Celanese Corporation. Dr. Hammond was a company-wide consultant on chemical and material-related problems for new product development.   Prior to joining Celanese Corporation, Dr. Hammond was a Staff Scientist at Hoechst Research and Technology unit of Hoechst AG, a global chemical and pharmaceutical company, where he developed quantitative NMR methods for the characterization of new polyester terpolymers.  At AlliedSignal, Inc., Dr. Hammond was a Group Leader in the use of NMR to solve analytical and structural problems for Corporate Research.  Prior to joining industry, Dr. Hammond had been Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Yale University.  Dr. Hammond received a BA in Chemistry from Northwestern University, and earned a Ph.D from Columbia University in Organic Chemistry.  He was also a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.  Dr, Hammond is the author or co-author of 38 technical publications and 7 patents and patent applications.

Zohar Ophir, Ph.D

Dr. Zohar Ophir is a Chemical Engineering Scientist with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Dr. Ophir has a focus on the development of processes and equipment for the optimization of chemical production processes, including the developing of Hollow Fiber membrane technology for filtration of bio reactor products.  Prior to joining NJII, he was a Research Professor at NJIT, working on development projects for biomedical and polymer companies using advanced analytical technics such as DSC, DMTA, TMA and SEM.  Prior to joining NJIT, Dr. Ophir was Manager of Materials and Processes Department at RAFAEL, Ltd of Haifa, Israel and a Research Engineer for Celanese Research Company.  Dr. Ophir is a listed inventor on 6 patents and author of 24 technical publications.

Dr. Ophir received both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and a Ph.D from Princeton University in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Research Program.