Guerry L. Grune, obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1978 (graduation with distinction) with a double major in Chemistry the same year. The senior project involved the use of polysaccharides to induce pseudoplastic flow for tertiary oil recovery. After working as an R&D scientist for Fiber Industries Incorporated, a subsidiary of Celanese and ICI of Great Britain (later Hoechst-Celanese) from 1978-1980 in the heavy denier polyester filament and liquid crystal high modulus organic fiber group, he returned to graduate school at the University of Massachusetts. He obtained the M.S.ChE. (1982) from the Departments of Polymer Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering working for Professor Robert W. Lenz in the field of thermotropic liquid polyesters including modeling for injection molding leading to commercialization of Vectra for the same purpose.

In May 1982, he joined IBM in the Research Triangle Park, N.C.  His major responsibilities there included development of the token ring local area network (LAN) cabling system, fiber optic cables and connectors, corrosive gas testing of metallurgical components including the initiation of the Corrosives Gas Testing Laboratory at RTP, standards and specifications for fiber data distributed interface (FDDI) systems, and ISO 9000 registration development. The IBM Cabling system was first announced as a commercial product in May, 1984.

In 1992 he completed the doctorate in Chemical Engineering under the direction of Professors Vivian T. Stannett and Harry R. Allcock, involving the use of modified allyl amino polyphosphazenes by radiation for microlithographic resist applications. Leaving IBM in 1993 as an IBM Fellow Engineer, Guerry went to work for ABB Corporation’s newly built Transmission Technology Institute and simultaneously began teaching biochemical thermodynamics as an Adjunct Professor in the Duke University Biomedical Engineering program. As an ABB Fellow Engineer, he developed new coatings for magnet wire, process economic downsizing for drying distribution transformer production lines, developed novel adhesive systems for an optical distribution transformer requiring several new metal-to-glass connections, and worked with key investigators on novel agricultural oils as an alternate heat transfer medium. Among winning proposals submitted were; a corroded underground oil-filled high voltage power line; and the first U.S. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of power and distribution transfomrers.

The LCA work led to development with his wife and ePatentmanager colleague, Carla O. Grune, of the LCAPIX software module (patent pending) combining, for the first time, Life Cycle Assessment with Activity Based Costing. This activity led to becoming the Principal Consultant for KM Limited, an environmental consulting company specializing in LCA and software development.

In November 1995, Guerry joined Mitsubishi Chemical America’s Virginia Operations as Manager of Optical Photoreceptor Development (for electrophotography) and in January 1997 accepted the position as Manager of Intellectual Property. He has authored over 30 publications and technical disclosures, has 5 U.S. patents either pending or granted and 3 International (PCT) filings listing him as the inventor.

Current List of Cited Patents, Publications, and Technical Disclosures

1)         Charge Generation Layers and Charge Transport Layers and Organic Photoconductive Imaging Receptors Containing the Same, and Method for Preparing the Same. Grune, Guerry L.; Harris, Richard R. 11pp. US Patent granted 1/25 (2000).

2)                   A Method and Apparatus for Recovering and/or Recycling Solvents.Donnelly, John C.;Grune, Guerry L.; Frick, Gregory A.; Marsh, Kenneth L., 31 pp. Application applied 11/04/99, PCT Int. Appl. (2000).

3). Invited Paper; LCAPIX:The LCAPIX Software Module for Life Cycle Assessment and Activity Based Costing, Proc., of 1st Annual Life Cycle Assessment Conference, Sponsored by the EPA, Washington, D.C., April (2000).

4). Invited Paper; LCAPIX:An EMS Tool Merging Activity Based Costing with Life Cycle Assessment; Case Studies, 3rd Annual Green Chemistry Conference, Sponsored by the EPA, Washington, D.C., July (1999).

5).        Invited Paper: Environmental Management Strategies for the 21st Century, 2nd Annual Environmental Technologies Conference, Sponsored by Chemicalweek, New Orleans, September (1998).

6).      The PIX LCA Module: A 21st Century Approach to Providing Environmental Management Systems Which Mutually Enhance Profitability for Immediate and Longer Range Strategic Planning. Grune, Guerry L.; Grune, Carla O.; Sharma, Sanjay, KM, Ltd. Virginia Beach, VA USA. Book of Abstracts, 215th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Washington, D.C. March 29-April 2, (1998).

7).      The Use of an EMS Software Tool to Simultaneously Provide LCA and ABC Analysis to Determine Strategic Direction, Proc. of 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on The Environment, Grune, G.L., Grune, Carla O., and Sharma, S., June (1997).

8).        Low Temperature Viscosity Behavior of Transformer Oils. Oommen, T.V.; Grune, G.L. Proceedings: Electrical Electronics Insulation Conference And Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Conference. pp.107-112, September 18-21, (1995)

9).      Combining Mathematical Modeling with Materials Development to Predict High Speed Telecommunications Cable Properties, The LaPlace Model. Grune, G.L.; Burke, B. Proc. Int. Wire Cable Symp. 44th, pp.269-277, (1995).

10).     Radiation-Induced Modifications of Allylamino-Substituted Polyphosphazenes. Welker, M.F.; Allcock, H.R.; Grune, G.L.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T.  Dep. Chem., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, USA. ACS Symp. Ser. 537(Polymers for Microelectronics), 293-303, (1994).

11).       Radiation Crosslinking of Some Polyphosphazenes and Possible Applications in Microlithography. Stannett, Vivian T.; Grune, Guerry L.; Chern, Rey T. Department of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 35(2), pp.876-7, (1994).

12).       Radiation-Induced Modifications of Allylamino-Substituted Polyphosphazenes. Welker, M.F.; Allock, H.R.; Grune, G.L.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T. (TR-18; Order No. AD-A279 694), Abstr. No. 450,113, 94(18), 20 pp., (1994).

13).       Transmission and Distribution Class Voltage Sensors Using Poled Polymers. A Proposal. Yakymyshyn, C.P.; Grune, G.; Boveri, Asea Brown. Transmission Technology Institute, Raleigh, N.C. USA. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 35(2), p.230, (1994).

14).     Sensitivity Enhancement of Polyoraganophosphazenes to Radiation with 2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 6-hexakis (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Cyclotriphosphazene Monomer and its Application for Negative Resists.Grune, G.L.; Greer, R.W.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T.  Department of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina University, Raleigh, NC, USA.J.Macromol. Sci., Pure Appl. Chem. 1193-206, A31(9), (1994)

15).       Sensitivity Enhancement of Polyorganophosphazenenes to Radiation for E-beam Resist Applications.Grune, G.L.; Greer, R.W.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. Tokyo, Japan Radtech Asia 3 UV/EB Conf. Expo., Conf. Proc. pp.396-402, (1993).

16).       Radiation-Induced Modifications of Allyamino-Substituted Polyphosphazenes. Welker, M.F.; Allcock, H.R.; Grune, G.L.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T.  Dep. Chem., Pennsylvania State University., University Park, PA, USA. Chemical Abstr. No. 354, 93(18), p.17, (1993).

17).       Radiation-Induced Modifications of Various Polyorganophosphazenes for Assessing Their Potential as Resists for Semiconductor Microlithography. Grune, Guerry L.  North Carolina University, Raleigh, NC, USA. PhD Dissertation, pp.267 (1992) 53(11), 5889, (1993).

18).       Radiation-Induced Crosslinking and Grafting of Two Polyphosphazene Elastomers. Grune, G.L.; Stannett, V.T.; Chern, R.T., Harada, J.  Dep. Chem. Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA. Polym. Adv. Technol. 4(5), pp.341-7, (1993)

19).       The Effects of Radiation on Newly Synthesized Allylamino-Substituted Polyphosphazenes. Welker, M.F.; Allcock, H.R.; Grune, G.L.; Chern, R.T.; Stannett, V.T. Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng. 66, pp.259-60, (1992)

20).       Assessing the Potential of Polyphosphazenes as Resists for Semiconductor Microlithography. Stannett, V.T.; Chern, R.T.; Grune, G.L.; Harada, J.   Dep. Chem. Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 32(2), pp.34-5, (1991).

21).   Wire and Cable Material Selection for The 90’s.Grune, G.L.International Wire & Cable Symposium Proceedings.39th, pp.634-641, (1990).

22).       An Initial Investigation on the Accelerated Aging and Lifetime Predictions of Wire and Cable Insulations Used for Local Network Installations. Grune, G.L.; Talarico, T.L. Polym. Anal. Chem. Groups, IBM Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. Proc. Int. Wire Cable Symp. 34th, pp.187-212, (1985).

23).      Accelerated Aging of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Film in Elevated Temperature and Humidity Environments. Grune, G.L. and Talarico, T.L., Proc. of the International Coil Winding Association, pp. 210-220, (1985).

24).       The Synthesis and Characterization of Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Model Compounds. Lenz, R.W.; Grune, Guerry L. Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 106(3-4), pp.383-99, (1984).

25).      Evaluation of Shrinkage Forces and Thermal Transitions of Fluorinated Ethylene-Propylene (FEP) Cable Insulations and Buffered Optic Fibers at Low Temperatures. Grune, G.L.; Hilliard, L. Polym. Anal. Chem. Groups, IBM Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.Proc. Int. Wire Cable Symp. 33trd ,pp.187-212, (1984).

26).       Composite Materials for Local Area Network Communications Cable. Grune, G.L., Proc. Int. Wire Cable Symp., 32nd  pp. 255-267, (1983).

                                               Technical Disclosures (IBM)

27)       Plenum Blown Fiber Duct System. Grune, G.L. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. 37(5), pp.149-50, May (1994).

28)       Use of Composite Materials for Cabling/Microduct Blown Fiber. Grune, G.L. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. Pub. No. 6A, pp.421-22, Nov. (1990).

29)       Use of Aluminum Duct as Used with ‘Hard Line Coaxil Cable for Blown Fiber Microducts. Grune, G.L. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. Pub. No. 318, Oct. (1990).

30)       Plenum Cable. Grune, G.L. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. Oct. (1986).

31)       Fiber-Optic Connector. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. p.3716, Dec. (1984).

32)       Plenum Cable Construction. IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin. pp.5062, March (1984).


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