Leading Licensor of
& Developer of
Leading Licensor of
& Developer of
Who We Are & What We Do
Scientific Design (SD) makes a global impact on people and their communities by delivering safe, reliable, and sustainable
EO-based technologies. We are a Global Leader in the development, licensing, and catalyst supply of proprietary processes for the production of Ethylene Oxide (EO), Ethylene Glycol (EO/EG), Bio-Ethylene, Bio-EO, Bio-EG, EO derivatives, Polyols, and Maleic Anhydride. The chemicals produced by these technologies are the building blocks for a multitude of consumer products that improve the lives and health of millions. In addition to these technologies, SD produces innovative proprietary catalyst and equipment to be used in our own industrial processes and those used by our clients
With significant investment into Research & Development and many patents, we continue to innovate and provide solutions as a petrochemical technology leader for over 75 years. SD continues to improve upon its technologies to ensure our role as licensor for choice for clients who are committed to a better world through corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability.
What Matters to Us
Delivering safe, reliable & sustainable
EO-based technologies for a better world.
SD will be the technology partner of choice, enabling our customers to operate the safest, most reliable & most sustainable EO/EG-based production assets globally.
Scientific Design’s Culture is Based Upon Four Pillars:
Safety, Innovation, Customer Focus, & a Great Place to Work. These foundational elements are our pledge to an innovative organization focused on the welfare of people and their communities, environmental sustainability, and making a better world.
SAFETY is a core value, we never compromise
We are committed to a proactive safety culture that is reflected in our behavior, attitude, and daily work.
We insist on the highest standards of safety in our laboratories, operations, and service to customers.
We promote the health and safety of our employees and community.
INNOVATION: We create market-leading products & services
Scientific Design will maintain a competitive place in the market through innovation.
Scientific Design promotes the free flow of ideas and information.
We reward employees who embrace and contribute to innovation.
We advance our knowledge base through career development.
We seek both traditional and alternative approaches along with challenging assignments.
CUSTOMER FOCUS: We exceed customers’ expectations
We develop lasting relationships with our customers by understanding their needs.
We measure how we are doing, and continually improve our products and services.
We want customers to think of us as their sole source for catalyst and engineering solutions.
QUALITY: We commit to the highest quality without compromise.
Quality and Safety are the highest priorites in all we do!
Scientific Design’s products and services are continuously improved by empowered indivituals and goal oriented teams.
We recognize that innovative catalyst and process technologies are essential as a preferred supplier, exceeding the expectations of our customers.
GREAT PLACE TO WORK: Open and diverse environment
Scientific Design creates an environment ensuring that all employees are treated with dignity and respect.
We support a culture of active listening, constructive feedback, and trust.
Employees are empowered with the resources and authority to achieve results.
TEAMWORK: We collaborate as one company to achieve success
Teamwork is fostered through collaboration, accountability and well-defined work responsibility. We bring the right people together to achieve our goals
Who Guides Us
Deon Carter, President & CEO
Deon has 30 years of experience in the chemical industry including the past 20 years in key leadership roles with BASF Corporation. Deon was most recently the Senior Vice President of BASF’s North America Performance Chemicals business. Prior to that Deon was Senior Vice President for BASF’s precious metals services business. For more than 10 years, Deon has led several different catalyst businesses, beginning with a leadership role in Italy manufacturing and recycling precious metal catalyst, and advancing through successively more prominent leadership positions as Global Director, General Manager and Vice President of Engelhard’s/BASF’s chemical, polyolefins, and refining catalysts business.
He joined Scientific Design in 2019.
Deon holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Gus T. Hampilos
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Gus has more than 35 of experience practicing law, during which he has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at chemical companies including AlliedSignal (Honeywell), Union Carbide (Dow Chemical), and Engelhard (BASF). Among the positions he has held include Associate General Counsel at AlliedSignal Inc. (Honeywell) and Chief IP Counsel at Engelhard Corporation. Most recently, Gus was Vice President, Legal for a privately held chemical company. His experience encompasses the US and foreign litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property matters, technology licensing, equipment leasing, plant construction, and a variety of commercial transactional matters.
He joined Scientific Design in 2015
Gus received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and holds a BS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Vice President, Global Licensing & Sales
David is responsible for leading and directing Scientific Design’s full portfolio offering of products and services to the petrochemical industry, encompassing the Licensing, Catalyst, Revamp, and Equipment businesses. During his 14 years at Scientific Design, David has had roles in Engineering, Technical Services, Product Management, Catalyst, and Licensing.
He joined Scientific Design in 2007.
David holds an MBA from Marist University and both a Masters in Chemical Engineering and BE from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a BS in Chemistry from New York University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.
Joseph J. Dotzman
Vice President, Manufacturing &
Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in Manufacturing. Prior to joining Scientific Design, he served as the director of Manufacturing for Benjamin Moore & Co. (a Berkshire Hathaway company) and Director of Operations, North America at BOC Edwards. Joseph held various roles in plant management and production for 5 years at General Motors Corporation. During his career he has been responsibile for muti-site manufacturing operations with experience overseeing sites in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China.
Joseph joined Scientific Design as a Production Manager in 2012.
Joseph holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from the University of Scranton and a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
James J. Farley, Jr.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Jim manages Scientific Design’s finance, supply chain, and IT functions. Prior to joining Scientific Design, Jim worked at Verizon as Supervisor of Corporate Books and NCR. Jim is an active community volunteer and coach.
He joined Scientific Design in 1988 as an Accounting Manager.
Jim holds an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. from the University of Delaware.
Vice President, Technology
Sanjeev has over 32 years of experience in EO/EG technology. He has been actively involved in the commissioning of several glycols plants and has lead projects across Scientific Design’s technology portfolio including ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol, ethanol dehydration, and maleic anhydride. Prior to joining Scientific Design, Sanjeev worked for India Glycols Ltd. and Reliance Industries in various technical and leadership positions.
He joined Scientific Design in 2006.
Sanjeev holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Lead Quality Auditor from British Standards Institution.
LI “Julie” Zhu
Vice President, R&D
Julie has 17 years of industrial R&D experience with large global corporations. She most recently served as the Americas Leader for Analytical Science at SABIC, leading critical efforts to support both corporate and business R&D. She began her career at GE Global Research as a researcher and technical leader to develop early stage research into prototype and commercial products. Her experience encompasses applying technology and Innovation in chemical industry, catalyst R&D, chemical/polymer product development and process optimization. At Scientific Design, Julie is responsible for leading the R&D organization and focusing on new catalyst product development.
She joined Scientific Design in 2022.
Julie holds a PhD from Louisiana State University, an Executive MBA from Rice University, and a BS from Nankai University.”
Executive Sales Leader
Mike has over 35 years’ experience in the chemical industry. During Mike’s time at Scientific Design, he has held several positions in R&D, pilot plant supervision, process development, product director, catalyst sales and licensing. Recently Mike has focused on the development of new products and provided sales and marketing services for the commercialization of these products along with technical service to clients worldwide.
He joined Scientific Design in 1977.
Mike holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College; BS in Chemistry from Montclair State University; and BS in Biology from Seton Hall University.
Human Resources Leader
Dan has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources. Prior to his time at Scientific Design, Dan spent 15 years at SABIC in a variety of HR roles. Dan has strong HR Partering experience in manufacturing organizations and demonstrated skills in talent management, compensation strategies, project & change management, talent acquisition & deployment, organizational development, and coaching & facilitation.
Dan joined Scientific Design in 2023.
Dan has a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Bringham Young University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Where We Come From
Scientific Design’s history parallels that of the petrochemical industry: “a disruptive startup that invented the breakthrough technologies that would help usher in the petrochemical industry.” Robert Westervelt, Chemical Week. This entrepreneurial and innovative spirit has driven, developed, and grown SD for more than three quarters of a century.
SABIC purchased Clariant’s 50% share in Scientific Design, making it a key component in the success of SABIC’s Specialties Business Unit.
Scientific Design’s Process Technologies, Catalyst and Equipment are used in over 100 Chemical Plants spanning 6 Continents Worldwide.
Scientific Design receives the latest 9001:2015 ISO Certification
Scientific Design continued to increase Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol plant capacities and licensed three 700,000 ton per annum MEG plants.
Halcon International Company, Inc. (HIC)/Scientific Design designed the first renewable Ethylene technology in India.
Halcon International Company, Inc. (HIC)/Scientific Design became the first company to License EO/EG Plant in China
Halcon International Company, Inc. (HIC)/Scientific Design Group discovered high yield direct Ethylene Oxide process.
Halcon International Company, Inc. (HIC) partnered with Atlantic Richfield Co. (Arco) to form Oxirane, to produce propylene oxide, styrene, and tert-Butyl alcohol.
Scientific Design began manufacturing proprietary Oxidation Catalyst at NJ location at USA Headquarters and manufacturing site
Scientific Design developed and commercialized key Petrochemical Technologies at NYC location:
- Bromine assisted air oxidation of p-xylene to terephthalic acid (main ingredient of polyester fibers)
- KA Oil
- Caprolactum (Nylon)
- Maleic Anhydride
- Phthalic Anhydride.
Scientific Design Company Incorporated (SD) founded as a Process Development and engineering construction company by Dr. Ralph Landau.
Scientific Design is committed to improving the petrochemical industry and the world. Whether through community involvement, innovative products for business growth, or sharing our talents and experience with others in the industry.
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