Taking what would normally be a disadvantage and finding an application where it is an advantage.
I collect useful pieces of information and maintain a worldwide network of people.
I am very good at understanding and defining the real problem then filtering the potential solutions based on probability to work and feasibility (safety, cost etc.).
Chris DeArmitt's Problem Solving Skills:
POSS Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes
Chris DeArmitt's Problem Solving Experience:
Innocentive Solver: Was awarded an Innocentive cash prize for finding a commercial way to make highly crystalline polymer surfaces.
New additives: Invented new high temperature dispersants for particles and nanoparticles which received the coveted R&D 100 Award.
New safety device: I invented and patented a new thermochromic handle for use inside dishwashers to warn when the dishes are still too hot to touch.
Innocentive Solver: Was awarded a cash prize for a challenged entitled "Fast-Absorbing Pop-Up Material".
Innocentive Solver: Was awarded an Innnocentive cash prize for creating a sodium free baking powder.
Innocentive Solver: Was awarded an Innocentive cash prize for a challenge related to water soluble or dispersible fillers with special properties.
Invention Payment: When I worked for Electrolux / Frigidaire I was paid over $6000 for an invention which allowed the manufacture of polypropylene with exceptional scratch resistance.
New material invention: I invented a totally new type of smart polymer which reversibly changes opacity with temperature. The material was patented and is being commercialized.
New tableware glaze: During my first job at the Cookson Group, I invented a new tableware glaze with lower cost and safer ingredients than any existing product. The material was shown to work on the pilot plant.
Solving significant production problem: When I worked at BASF's headquarters I solved their longest standing production problem which had plagued them for 30 years. They has spent over 3 million Euros trying to solve the problem over the years. My solution was verified in production and several patents resulted.
New additives: I invented a family of flow aids to improve the processability of high temperature polymers like PEEK, PEI, PPS etc.. These new products won the prestigious R&D 100 award in 2009.
New material invention: During my PhD studies I discovered a new water soluble electrically conductive polymer.