The scientific team at PolyPlexx, LLC is one of the most highly qualified experimental teams in the world to conduct research and development in new urethane polymers. The scientific leaders have decades of experience in creating new polymer systems for government and commercial clients.

The Management Team consists of:

Mr. Jon C. Pauley, President and Chief Commercialization Officer.  Mr. Pauley’s responsibilities focus on leading the commercialization efforts of the organization.  Mr. Pauley also provides the interface between commercial activities and the Research and Development activities.  He received B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry from West Virginia State College in 1983 and has spent the largest portion of his career working as a small business start-up specialist.

Dr. Edmond J. Derderian is Chief Technology Officer and co-inventor (with Dr. Gerkin) of the technology. He is responsible for the definition of the R&D program and its technical focus. He received an A.B. degree in Chemistry from Colby College (Waterville, Maine) in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1974. After two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University, Dr. Derderian joined Union Carbide Corporation at the South Charleston Technical Center in 1976. He continued in research and development activities for OSi Specialties, Witco, and Crompton Corporation, attaining the position of Senior Research Scientist/Global Technology Manager.

Dr. Derderian’s responsibilities over his career have included new product and process development, global technology management, and new business development. His technical expertise includes polurethane technology, structure-property relationships of polymers, fuel and lubricating oil additives, microemulsions, and interfacial chemistry and physics. He has numerous publications and patents.

Dr. Richard M. Gerkin is Senior Technical Adviser and past President of PolyPlexx. He is the co-inventor (with Dr. Derderian) of the technology. Dr. Gerkin received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1968 and a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1965. He began his technical career in industrial research with Union Carbide Corporation at the South Charleston Technical Center in 1969. His work continued with OSi Specialties when it was spun off from Union Carbide in 1993, and with the successor companies Witco Corporation and Crompton Corporation. He retired in June of 2002 as a Corporate Research Fellow.

Dr. Gerkin’s technical focus throughout his career has been in the development of new products for use in polyurethane systems, including polyols, catalysts and silicone surfactants. He has authored numerous technical papers and holds 22 patents.


PolyPlexx personnel have demonstrated the ability to work directly with our armed forces in initiating research and development programs. The company has worked under a CRADA to complete a contract as part of a government grant.