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Vahid Sendijarevic, Ph.D.


Background

1970, B.S., Chemistry, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia;  1975, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia;  1977-88, Various senior positions including Manager of R&D Department, SODASO, Polyurethane Chemistry, Tuzla, Bosnia; 1988-2001, Research Professor, Polymer Institute, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan; 2001-present, President, Troy Polymers, Inc., Troy, Michigan.

Research areas and activities

Author of over 90 technical articles (papers, book chapters, conference proceedings) and 17 US patents.  Over 30 years of academic and industrial experience in research and development of polyurethanes and related isocyanate-based polymers.  As Manager of the Research and Development Department at the SODASO Polyurethane Chemistry, he was responsible for the development of polyether polyols and polyurethane systems. As a Research Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, he carried out numerous contract research projects for U.S. and foreign companies.  His research expertise include: clear hydrogels, heat resistant polymers, morphology and structure properties relationships, elastomers, foams, binders, composites, polymer processes, biodegradable materials, materials resistant to ionizing radiation, recycling.

List of Patents

“Narayan; Ramani, Graiver; Daniel, Hablot; Elodie, Sendijarevic; Vahid, and Chalasani; Siva Rama Krishna, “Polyols from biomass and polymeric products produced therefrom,” US Patent No. 9,273,180; March 1, 2016.

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.).

Sendijarevic, V., “Process for chemical recycling of polyurethane-containing scrap,” U.S. Patent No. 6,750,260; 2004 (to Troy Polymers, Inc. and Polyventure, Inc.).

Sendijarevic, V., “Foams Heaving Shape Memory.” U.S. Patent No. 6,583,194 June 24, 2003 (to Troy Polymers, Inc., Troy, Michigan).

Gebreselassie, G.M., Wolf, H.G., Sendijarevic, V., Anjum Q., Klempner, D., and Frisch, K.C.  “Method of Recycling Scrap Material Containing a Thermoplastic.” U.S. Patent No. 6,576,176 June 10, 2003 (to Lear Corporation, Southfield, Michigan).

Hann, D.G., Sendijarevic, V., Frisch, K.C., "Polyurethane foam composites for grower applications and related methods." U.S. Patent No. 6,479,433 October 2, 2002 (to Smithers-Oasis Company, Cuyahoga Falls, OH).

Gebreselasie, G.M, Wolf, H.G., Frisch, K.C., Klempner, D., and Sendijarevic, V., “Method of recycling polyurethane foam components.” U.S. Patent No.  6,299,811 October 9, 2001(to Lear Corporation, Southfield, Michigan).

Smith, M.G., Sendijarevic, V., Klempner, D., Frisch, K.C., “Solids Produced from Ash and Process fort Producing the Same.” U.S. PatentNo. 6,180,192 January 30, 2001 (to Wood Waste Energy, Inc., St. Louis, MO).

Sendijarevic, A., Sendijarevic, V., Frisch, K.C., Cenens, J.L.R., Handlin, Jr., D.L., Chin, S.S., and Hernandez, H., “Polyurethanes Having Improved Moisture Resistance.” U.S. Patent No. 6,111,049 August 29, 2000 (to Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas).

Gebreselasie, G., Wolf, H.G., Frisch, K.C., Klempner, D., and Sendijarevic, V., “Recycling Trim Components for Vehicles.” U.S. Patent No.  6,110,580 August 29, 2000 (to Lear Corporation, Dearborn, Michigan).

Handlin D.L., Chin S.S., Sendijarevic, A., Sendijarevic, V., and Frisch, K.C., “Cast Polyurethane Elastomers Containing Low Polarity Amine Curing Agents.” U.S. Patent No. 5,955,559 Sep. 21, 1999 (to Shell Chemical Company, Houston, Tex.).

Gebreselasie, G., Wolf, H.G., Frisch, K.C., Klempner, D., and Sendijarevic, V., “Recycling Trim Components.” U.S. Patent No.  5,807,513 Sept. 15 1998 (to UT Automotive Dearborn, Michigan).

Ong, E.T and Sendijarevic, V., “Process for Preparing Nanosized Powder.” U.S. Patent No. 5,698,483 Dec. 16, 1997 (to Institute of Gas Technology, Des Plaines, Illinois).

Hill, G.A,  Frisch K.C., Sendijarevic, V., Wong, S.W.,  “Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for Contact lens Production.” U.S. Patent No.  5,674,942 Oct. 7, 1997(to Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla).

Hill, G.A, Frisch K.C., Sendijarevic, V., and Wong, S.W., “Reaction Injection Molding as a Process to Prepare Contact Lenses.” U.S. Patent No.  5,656,210 Aug. 12, 1997 (to Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla).

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

P. P. KosheelaDevi, T. I. Tuan Noor Maznee, S. S. Hoong, H. Nurul ’Ain, S. Mohd. Norhisham, M. N. Norhayati, A. Srihanum, S. K. Yeong, A. H. Hazimah, V. Sendijarevic, and A. Sendijarevic, “Performance of palm oil-based dihydroxystearic acid as ionizable molecule in waterborne polyurethane dispersions,” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/APP.43614

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.

Beatty, R.P. and Sendijarevic, V., “Aliphatic Polyester Polyols with Recycled and Renewable Content for High-Resilience Polyurethane Foam,” Proceedings of UTECH Europe 2015 Polyurethane Conference, April 14-16, 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Beatty, R.P. and Sendijarevic, V., “Aliphatic Polyester Polyols with Recycled Content for Viscoelastic Foam,” Flexible Foams Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 22-24, 2014, Dallas, Texas.

Allen, S., Anderson, J., Simoneau, C., Campara, I., Sendijarevic, A., and Sendijarevic, V., “CO-2-based Polycarbonate Polyols as Strength Enhancers in Flexible Foams,” Flexible Foams Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 22-25, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona.

Hablot, E., Chalasani, S.R.K., Sendijarevic, V., Gravier, D., and Narayan, R., “Rigid Polyurethane Foams from Soymeal Polyols,” Chemistry and Fundamentals Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 22-25, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona.

Palam K.D.P., Ismail, T.N.M.T., Kian, Y.S., Abu Hassa, H., Sendijarevic, V., and Sendijarevic, A., “Palm Oil as Renewable Resource in Waterborne Polyurethane Dispersion: A preliminary Study,” International Palm Oil Congress PIPOC 2011, Proceedings of Oleo & Specialty Chemicals Conference, November 15-17, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, paper OS-6, pages 88-95.

Sendijarevic, V., “Natural Oil Polyols in Polyurethane Industry - Design for Performance,” International Palm Oil Congress PIPOC 2011, Proceedings of Oleo & Specialty Chemicals Conference, November 15-17, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, paper OS-3, pages 59-71.

Chalasani, S. R. K., Heric, S., Amin, P., Sendijarevic, V., Hablot, E., Gravier, D., and Narayan, R., “Rigid Polyurethane Foams Based on Soy Meal Polyols,” Renewable Content Polyols Technical Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 24-26, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia.

Allen, S., Anderson, J., Simoneau, C., Burges, J., Sendijarevic, A., and Sendijarevic, V., “Using Waste CO2 to Create Novel Renewable Polyols for Polyurethane Applications,” Renewable Content Polyols Technical Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference, September 24-26, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia.

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, V., Sendijarevic, I., Heric, S., and Leova, V., “Recycling of Scrap Flexible Foams Based on Soy Polyols into Rebond Foams,” Renewable Content Polyols 2: Chemistry Technical Session, Proceedings of the CPI Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference, National Harbor, MD (Washington, D.C.), October 5-7, 2009.

Sendijarevic, V., “Chemical Recycling of Mixed Polyurethane Foam Stream Recovered from Shredder Residue into Polyurethane Polyols,” 2007. Journal of Cellular Plastics43, 31-46.

Sendijarevic, I., and SendijarevicV., “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, V., Sendijarevic, A., Sendijarevic, I., Bailey, R.E., Pemberton, D., and Reimann, K.A., “Hydrolytic Stability of Toluene Diisocyanate and Polymeric Methylenediphenyl  Diisocyanate Based Polyureas under Environmental Conditions.”2004. Environ.  Sci. Technol., 38, 1066-1072.

Klempner, D. and Sendijarevic, V., “Polymeric Foams and Foam Technology,” 2nd Edition, Hanser Publishers /  Hanser Gardener Publications, Inc., Cincinnati (2004)

Gebreselasie M.G., Wolf G.H., Sendijarevic, V., Anjum Q., Klempner D., and Kurt C.F., “Utilization of Polyurethane Foam Scrap as a Sole Binder for Recycling of Automotive Interior Trim Products.”  2000. Journal of Cellular Plastics, 36(5), 386.  

Sendijarevic V., Anjum Q., Klempner D., Frisch K.C., Gebreselassie G.M., and Wolf H.G., “Utilization of Isocyanate‑based Binders in Recycling of Scrap Automotive Headliners.”  1999. Advances in Plastics Recycling - Recycling of Polyurethanes; K.C. Frisch, Daniel Klempner, and Geoffrey Prentice, eds., Technomic Publishing Co., Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, p.p. 241-250.

Garrett, D., Bai Hebi, Gu J., Gupta, U., Kresta, J.E., Sendijarevic, V., and Klempner, D., “Recycling of Mixed Color Automotive Thermoplastics.”  1998. International Congress & Exposition, Society of Automotive Engineers, February 23-26, 1998, Detroit, Michigan, SAE Technical Paper Series 981155.

Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., Frisch, K.C. and Reulen, P., “Novel Isocyanate-Based Matrix Resins for High Temperature Composite Applications.”  1996Polymer Composites, 17(2), 180.

Sophiea, D., Klempner, D., Sendijarevic, V., Suthar, B. and Frisch, K.C., “Interpenetrating Polymer Networks as Energy-Absorbing Materials.” 1994Interpenetrating Polymer Networks; Klempner, D., Sperlings, L.H. and Utracki, L.A., Editors. Advances in Chemistry Series 239, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, pp. 39-75.

Haschke, E., Sendijarevic, V., Wong, S. and Frisch, K.C., “Clear Nonionic Polyurethane Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications.”  1994Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, 26(1), 41-57.

Frisch, K.C., Sendijarevic, V., Sendijarevic, A., Lekovic, H., Kresta, J.E., Klempner, D.Hunter, L.  and Banuk, R., “New Heat Resistant Isocyanate Based Foams for Structural Applications.”  1992Journal of Cellular Plastics, 28(4), 316.  

Lee, K.D., Chen, L., Sendijarevic, A., Sendijarevic, V., Frisch, K.C. and Klempner, D., “Effect of Morphology on Sound Attenuation of Flexible Polymeric Foams.”  1991J. Cell. Plastics, 27, 135.