Randal Hill is a very successful chemist and physicist. With an educational background in physical chemistry and physics, he opted to expand his interest in surfactants. He pursued a doctorate in surfactant physical chemistry and colloid science, where he amassed recognition from reputable bodies.
He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and served as the Dow Corning Visiting Scientist at MIT for five years. He has more than 30 years of industrial silicone and surface chemistry experience working on the following:
Hill established a career working with surfactants for applications ranging from personal care and polymer coatings to oil and gas. After a successful start with Dow Corning (now Dow Silicones) in progressive research capacities, he spent time with E Ink during their startup phase. He also joined Flotek Chemistry, handling dual roles as formulation development manager and research fellow.
He retained his passion for innovation and discovery as his career continuously progressed.
Hill is now known for his work on silicone surfactants, especially for his work on super wetting. During his time as MIT Visiting Scientist with Dow, he also initiated work on silicone-based superhydrophobic surfaces, which led to a publication that has since been cited nearly 1,500 times.
Furthermore, Hill also has extensive knowledge about silicone defoamers, polymersomes, microemulsions, and superhydrophobic surfaces. He directed a significant amount of research into analyzing the remarkable properties of silicones and how to use them efficiently. As a result, his experience now combines a deep understanding of the application of silicone soft material science with active research in a wide range of technologies.
Hill’s career-defining innovations have garnered praise and positive reviews from peers and organizations. These include the following:
He is a member of multiple organizations, including the American Chemical Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Physical Society, and American Oil Chemists’ Society.
Hill is a multi-awarded inventor with three Dow Corning Technical Achievement Awards and the AOCS Samuel Rosen Award for Surfactant Chemistry.
Furthermore, he is the author of 59 publications, including an authoritative book titled Silicone Surfactants, and has more than 100 patents and papers. Hill is also a distinguished product innovator, with 64 product patents credited to him.