Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 : Unconventional Catalysis




Unconventional Catalysis

 James Wasas Chief Science Officer,SWAPSOL

Raymond Stenger, Chairman of the Board and President. SWAPSOL 

 Date:                         Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


Registration             6:00 PM
Dinner                       6:30 PM
Program                    7:30 PM

 Place:                        Snuffy’s

Price:                         Members and Guests                                $ 25.00

                                  Unemployed or Retired Members               $ 15.00

                                  Students                                             ….        No Charge

Reservations:         Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2693 or e-mail at by the Friday prior to the meeting (April 15th).2010

If you make a reservation, we will notify you in the event we need to cancel


“Green Chemistry catalysis turns global problems into global opportunities by developing novel uses for waste products like carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and non-recyclable hydrocarbon trash that would otherwise go to a landfill, turning them into valuable products like hydrogen, sulfur, and carbon-sulfur polymers.”

Speaker Backgrounds:

Ray Stenger works with the chief science officer in the development of SWAPSOL intellectual property. Ray’s career has been centered in business development, environmental consulting and the management of private companies engaged in these activities. Ray also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Conklin Marketing, Inc (CMI), and it was through Ray’s involvement with CMI that Ray and Jim began working closely together.

Ray received a U.S. Patent for a Closed Vent Bioreactor System (1993, U.S Patent No. 5,258,303), founded and operated Stenger Associates, Inc., an Environmental Consulting firm (1987-1995) and co-founded Envirotactics, Inc., an Environmental Consulting firm where he served from 1995 to 2007.

Earlier in his career, Stenger was a process engineer at Diamond Alkali (1959-1965). In 1965, he became senior process engineer with Stephan Chemical where he was involved in converting black strap molasses to citric acid. From 1967 to 1971, he worked as chief process engineer at Stauffer Chemical’s Louisville Works, one of the largest chlorinated solvent plants in the United States. Following Stauffer Chemical, Stenger was chief process engineer and subsequently plant manager with the Philadelphia Quartz Company from 1971 to 1981. In 1981, he co-founded LOMA Environmental, an environmental consulting and remediation firm.

Stenger earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Unit, working with VX nerve gas. He is currently the treasurer of the Princeton Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Jim Wasas is chief science officer, executive vice president, and secretary/treasurer for SWAPSOL, Corp. He also serves on the Board of Directors. He has spent his career engaged in corporate management and chemical research with chemical product and process development in both the United States and Ecuador.

From 2001 to 2007, Wasas served as president and technical director of Conklin Marketing and Sales Co., Inc. and Conklin Marketing, Inc. It was during this time that he invented “The Spirit of Liberty,” winner of the World Spirits Competition’s Platinum Award for American Cream Liqueur.

From 1987 to 2001, Wasas worked in Ecuador, where he founded and was Chairman of the Board and technical director for Espiritu del Ecuador, S.A., a liquor manufacturing and marketing company. In 2008, the company won the World Spirits Competition’s Gold Medal Award for “Espiritu del Ecuador,” a cordial liquor combining 20 fruits native to Ecuador.

From 1988 to 1990, Wasas headed the Research and Development division of Geevor, PLC and invented a chemical process for dissolving cyanide refractory gold in metallic ores native to Ecuador.

Wasas also designed, constructed and trained the operation of three gold refineries for U.S. companies and seven gold and silver refineries for Ecuadoran companies, including one that produced aerospace grade 99.9999% pure gold.

Wasas earned his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1968. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army, stationed both in Japan and Thailand. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Executive Committee Meeting


The Executive Committee meeting for April will be held on April 5th at Paisano’s Pizza at 6:30 pm.   All members are welcome.


Future Meetings 

Have you heard someone speak that would be of interest to our group?  Would you like to speak?  We’re interested in both technical and general interest presentations. Let us know.

Directions to Snuffy’s Steakhouse:

Route 22 East : (Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, New Providence Exit) – Make a right turn at the exit (under overpass) and then go straight on Park Avenue for about 100 yards. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

Route 22 West : (Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, New Providence Exit) – At the exit, make a right turn traffic light, make a left turn and take the overpass over Route 22. At the end of the overpass, make a right onto Park Avenue. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

Garden State Parkway: (North and South) – Take Exit 140 from the Garden State Parkway and follow the signs for Route 22 West. Once on Route 22 West, follow the directions above.

Route 78: (East and West) – Take Exit 41 from Route 78. Follow the signs to Scotch Plains. This will put you onto Plainfield Avenue. Follow Plainfield Avenue straight through the traffic light, where it becomes Bonnie Burn Road. Follow Bonnie Burn Road to the next traffic light and make a right turn. Follow the overpass over Route 22. At the end of the overpass, make a right onto Park Avenue. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

New Jersey Turnpike: (North and South) – Take Exit 14 from the New Jersey Turnpike and follow the signs to Route 78 West. Once on Route 78 West, follow the directions above.