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Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Ph.D.


Background

Dr. Ibrahim Sendijarevic holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor.   He has co-authored 20 papers in the field of polymers and 3 US patents.

His research interest includes structure-property relationships of highly branched dendritic polymers and the effects of the degree of branching and end-groups functionality on the inter-molecular and intra-molecular interactions of dendritic molecules.  He also has experience in determining the properties of dendritic molecules in blends with linear polymers and in developing applications for dendritic materials as processing additives and surface modifiers.  As an associate engineer at Merck & Co. he worked on the scale-up of organic chemistry processes for production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  In this effort he worked on the scale-up efforts of dozens of chemical compounds and amongst other achievements was responsible for the development of a novel impurity rejection method and the development of a novel crystallization process.  At Troy Polymers Inc., he works on the commercialization of the in-house technologies and on the development of TPI’s scale-up and processing capabilities.  He is a frequent reviewer for Journal of American Chemical Science.

Research Areas and Activities

Author of 20 technical papers and 3 US patents.  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor.  His Ph.D. thesis work focused on the study of structure-property relationships of highly branched dendritic polymers determining the effects of the degree of branching and end-groups functionality on the inter-molecular and intra-molecular interactions of dendritic molecules.  He explored the properties of dendritic molecules in blends with linear polymers and in application of dendritic polymers as processing additives and surface modifiers.  As an associate engineer at Merck & Co he worked on the scale-up of organic chemistry processes for production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  In this effort he worked on the scale-up efforts of dozens of chemical steps and amongst other achievements was responsible for the development of a novel impurity rejection method and the development of a novel crystallization process.  
At Troy Polymers Inc., he works on the commercialization of the in-house technologies and on the business development of the company.  He is also contributing to the development of TPI’s scale-up and processing laboratories.  He is a frequent reviewer for Journal of American Chemical Science.

Honors and Awards

InfiChem Polymers received Advanced Materials Innovation Award at 2012 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition for development of commercial recycling process for production of polyols for use in polyurethane applications in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. The award came with $25,000 cash prize. http://acceleratemichigan.org/competition/previous-competitions/

InfiChem Polymers  was presented  Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leaders Award in Small Business category presented in April 2012 for its proprietary technology developed in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. that converts polyurethane scrap destined for landfills into the InfiGreen™ line of polyol products that are used in production on new polyurethanes. These awards are presented annually by the Detroit Free Press to recognize businesses, people, and organizations that are doing outstanding work to move Michigan forward toward a green and sustainable economy.

InfiChem Polymers received Dow Corning Advanced Materials Award at 2011 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition for development of commercial recycling process for production of polyols for use in polyurethane applications in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. The award came with $25,000 cash prize. http://acceleratemichigan.org/competition/previous-competitions/

DBusiness Magazine named Dr. Ibrahim Sendijarevic as one of the “30 in Their Thirties in 2011” for an industry first to develop in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. a proprietary chemical process that recycles scrap foam for use in vehicles like the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. http://www.dbusiness.com/September-October-2011/30-In-Their-Thirties/#.V46ZSI-cHD4

InfiChem Polymers received in April 2011 an Environmental Achievement Award from Environmental Management Association, Michigan for first implementation of the proprietary technology developed in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. that uses scrap polyurethane waste as the input material for production of polyols for polyurethanes.

Chrysler Group received and Environmental Innovation Award in November 2010 at the SPE® 40th Automotive Innovation Awards Competition for RECYCLED POLYOL FOR SEAT FOAM manufactured by InfiChem Polymers using recycling technology developed in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc. http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/spe-names-winners-of-automotive-innovation-awards-587319

InfiChem Polymers and Magna Seating received  a Chrysler’s Environmental Achievement Award in September 2010 for the implementation of close loop recycling process that entails production of seat cushions for Jeep Grand Cherokee from InfiChem’s polyols produced from scrap urethane cushions using a technology developed in collaboration with Troy Polymers, Inc.

Best paper award, The CPI Polyurethanes Conference 2010, Houston, Texas, 2010.

SBIR Grant Number 1R43AR057614-01A1 awarded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in June, 2010 for research work on “Polyurethane Bone Cement for Total Hip Implants.”

Best paper award, The CPI Polyurethanes Conference 2009, National Harbor, MD, 2009.

Best poster award, The CPI Polyurethanes Conference 2009, National Harbor, MD, 2009.

SBIR Grant Number 1R43AR054997-01A1 awarded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in May 2008 for research work on “Polyurethane Load Bearing Surfaces for Total Hip Joint Replacements”. 

Best poster award, The CPI Polyurethanes Conference 2008, San Antonio, Texas, 2008.

Best paper award, The API Polyurethanes Conference 2005, Houston, Texas, 2005.

Best paper award, The API Polyurethane Conference 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004.

Elected President of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, 1999-2000.

Ranked in top 10% of Teaching Assistants at University of Illinois in 1999.

Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Honors Society, 1998, University of Illinois.

Ranked in top 5% of Teaching Assistants at University of Illinois in 1998.

Tau Beta Pi, Honors Engineering Society, 1994, University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Norhayati Mohd Noor, Aisa Sendijarevic, Vahid Sendijarevic, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Tuan Noor Maznee Tuan Ismail, Mohd Azmil Mohd Noor, Yeong Shoot Kian, AND Hazimah Abu Hassan “Comparison of Adipic Versus Renewable Azelaic Acid Polyester Polyols as Building Blocks in Soft Thermoplastic Polyurethanes,” J Am Oil Chem Soc (2016) 93:983-993, DOI, 10.1007/s11746-016-2903-9

P. P. Kosheela Devi, T. I. Tuan Noor Maznee, S. S. Hoong, A. B. Zailan, S. K. Yeong, A. H. Hazimah, Christi M. Schiffman, Aisa Sendijarevic, Vahid Sendijarevic, and Ibrahim Sendijarevic “Urethane-forming reaction kinetics of natural oil polyols versus petroleum-based polyether polyol,” Reac Kinet Mech Cat., 2016, DOI 10.1007/s11144-016-1043-4

H. Nurul ‘Ain, ,T. I. Tuan Noor Maznee, M. N. Norhayati, M. A. Mohd Noor, S. Adnan, P. P. Kosheela Devi, S. Mohd Norhisham, S. K. Yeong, A. H. Hazimah, Irma Campara, Vahid Sendijarevic, and Ibrahim Sendijarevic “Natural Palm Olein Polyol as a Replacement for Polyether Polyols in Viscoelastic Polyurethane Foam,” J Am Oil Chem Soc (2016) 93:983-993, DOI, 10.1007/s11746-016-2832-7

Nurul H Ain, Maznee TI Tuan Noor, Mohd Azmil Mohd Noor, Adnan Srihanum, Kosheela PP Devi, Norhisham S Mohd, Norhayati Mohdnoor, Yeong Shoot Kian, Hazimah Abu Hassan, Irma Campara, Christi M Schiffman, Karol Pietrzyk, Vahid Sendijarevic, and Ibrahim Sendijarevic, “Structure–property performance of natural palm olein polyol in the viscoelastic polyurethane foam,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/0021955X16639031

Mohd Azmil Mohd Noor, Vahid Sendijarevic, Hazimah Abu Hassan, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Tuan Noor Maznee Tuan Ismail, Hoong Seng Soi, Nurul ‘Ain Hanzah, and Razmah Ghazali, “Polyether polyols as GPC calibration standards for determination of molecular weight distribution of polyether polyols”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci.  2015, DOI: 10.1002/APP.42698

Mohd Azmil Mohd Noor, Vahid Sendijarevic, Seng Soi Hoong, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Tuan Noor Maznee Tuan Ismail, Nurul ‘Ain Hanzah, Norhayati Mohd Noor, Kosheela Devi Poo Palam, Razmah Ghazali, and Hazimah Abu Hassan, “Molecular Weight Determination of Palm Olein Polyols by Gel Permeation Chromatography Using Polyether Polyols Calibration,” J Am Oil Chem Soc (2016) 93:721–730 DOI, 10.1007/s11746-016-2812-y

T. I. Tuan Noor Maznee, P. P. Kosheela Devi, A. B. Zailan, S. S. Hoong, S. K. Yeong, A. H. Hazimah, Christi M. Schiffman, Aisa Sendijarevic, Vahid Sendijarevic, and Ibrahim Sendijarevic “Urethane-Forming Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis of Model Palm Olein Polyols: Quantified Impact of Primary and Secondary Hydroxyls," J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, DOI: 10.1002/app.42955.

Brooks, M.E., Maloney A., Turner, S., Barnhorst, J., King, B., and Sendijarevic, I., “Performance of EMEROX Renewable Polyols and INFIGREEN Recycled Polyols in Resilient MDI Molded Flexible Polyurethane Foams,” Chemistry and Renewables Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 22-24, 2014, Dallas, Texas.

Brooks, M.E., Maloney A., Turner, S., Barnhorst, J., King, B., and Sendijarevic, I., “Performance of EMEROX Renewable Polyols and INFIGREEN Recycled Polyols in High Resilient Flexible Polyurethane Foams,” Flexible Foam Developments Session, Proceedings of the UTECH North America Exhibition and Conference, June 4-5, 2014, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sendijarevic, I., Harris, J., Hoffman, S., Heric, S., Lathia, N., and Sendijarevic, V., “Polyether Polyols Produced from Scrap Polyurethanes; Application in Rigid and Flexible Foams,” Renewable Polyols 1: Chemistry Technical Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethanes 2010 Technical Conference, October 11-13, 2010, Houston, Texas.  

Sendijarevic, I. and Sendijarevic, A., “Polyurethanes as Wear Components of Hip Replacement Devices,” CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference 2009, National Harbor, MD (Washington, D.C.),  October 5-7, 2009.

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, I., Heric, S., and Leova, V., “Recycling of Scrap Flexible Foams Based on Soy Polyols into Rebond Foams,” CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference 2009, National Harbor, MD (Washington, D.C.),  October 5-7, 2009.

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, I., Mayne, K., Winslow, R.W., Duranceau, C.M., Simon, N.L., and Wheeler, C.S., “Recycling of Polyurethane Foams Recovered from Shredder Residue via Glycolysis Process into Polyurethanes,”Proceedings of SAE 2006 World Congress, April 3-6, 2006, Detroit, Michigan, Paper No. 2006-01-1579.

Sendijarevic, I., and Sendijarevic, V., “Shape Memory Foams: Applications in Packaging.” October 17-19, 2005.Proceedings of the Polyurethanes Conference 2005Sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, Houston, Texas, p.p. 502-508

Sendijarevic, I., Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., Reimann, K.A., and Bailey, R.E., “Effect of pH and Buffers on Hydrolysis Rate of TDI and PMDI Based Polyureas”. October 18-20, 2004Proceedings of the Polyurethanes Conference 2004, Sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, Las Vegas, Nevada, p.p. 274-281.

Vahid Sendijarevic, Aisa Sendijarevic, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Robert E. Bailey, Denis Pemberton, and Kurt A. Reimann.,  “Hydrolytic Stability of Toluene Diisocyanate and Polymeric Methylenediphenyl  Diisocyanate Based Polyureas under Environmental Conditions.” 2004. Environ.  Sci. Technol., 38, 1066-1072.

Josh A. Orlicki, Jeffrey S. Moore, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anthony J. McHugh, “The Role of End-Group Functionality on the Surface Segregation Properties of HBPs in Blends with Polystyrene: Application of HBPs as Dewetting Inhibitors”,Langmuir; 200218(25); 9985-9989.

Josh A. Orlicki, Jeffrey S. Moore, Neil O. L Viernes, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anthony J. McHugh, “Roles of Molecular Architecture and End-Group Functionality on the Surface Properties of Branched Polymers”, Langmuir; 200218(25); 9990-9995.

Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anthony J. McHugh, Josh A. Orlick, Jeffrey S. Moore, “The Role of Alkyl End Groups on the Miscibility of Hyperbranched Polymers with Polyolefins”, Polym. Eng. Sci; 2002.

Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anthony J. McHugh, Larry J. Markoski, and Jeffrey S. Moore, “Eliminating Variations in Elemental Composition in Studies on the Physical Properties of Linear to Hyperbranched Etherimide Copolymers”, Macromolecules;200134(25); 8811-8813..

Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Matthew W. Liberatore, Anthony J. McHugh, Larry J. Markoski, and Jeffrey S. Moore,  “The Effect of Branching on the Rheological Properties of Concentrated Solutions of Aromatic Etherimide Copolymers”, Journal of Rheology.; 200145(5); 1245.

Larry J. Markoski, Jeffrey S. Moore, Ibrahim Sendijarevic and Anthony J. McHugh, “Effect of Linear Sequence Length on the Properties of Branched Aromatic Etherimide Copolymers”, Macromolecules200134(8); 2695-2701.

Scott D. Thompson, Larry J. Markoski, Jeffrey S. Moore, Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anand Lee, and Anthony J. McHugh, “Synthesis and Characterization of Hyperbranched Aromatic Poly(ether imide)s with Varying Degrees of Branching”,Macromolecules200033(17); 6412-6415.

Ibrahim Sendijarevic and Anthony J. McHugh, “Effects of Molecular Variables and Architecture on the Rheological Behavior of Dendritic Polymers”, Macromolecules200033(2); 590-596.

List of Patents

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., and Sendijarevic, I., “ Foam articles,” U.S. Patent No. 7,303,536; December 4, 2007 (to Troy Polymers, Inc.).

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., and Sendijarevic, I., “ Foam articles,” U.S. Patent No. 7,276,036; October 2, 2007 (to Troy Polymers, Inc.).

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., and Sendijarevic, I., “Orthopedic casting articles,” U.S. Patent No. 6,984,216; January 10, 2006 (to Troy Polymers, Inc.).