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BetterChem Consulting was founded by Dr. Mark A. Scialdone in 2013 and consults for the fine chemical and cannabis industries
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Dr. Scialdone is a recognized expert in the field of organic chemistry specializing in natural product chemistry including plant oil extraction, analysis and chemical modification. He is an inventor of 37 issued US patents and has authored 17 publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature during more than two decades of both fundamental and product development research. He has given invited lectures at more than 30 different academic institutions and international symposia.
Dr. Scialdone holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Wayne State University and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Colorado State University.
Dr. Scialdone was employed as a principal investigator at DuPont Central Research and Development at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware from 1994 to 2013. He then founded BetterChem Consulting to provide chemistry consulting services worldwide in the chemical, food, plant essential oil and cannabis industries. He has worked with more than a dozen clients on processing license applications, facility design and build out, equipment installation, SOP, and prototype development, process optimization, hiring and training staff for operational startup, and QA analytical support for both cannabis and hemp processing facilities.
Dr. Scialdone has conducted original chemical research to discover new, valuable compositions and is the inventor of new patented cannabinoid compounds including Hexahydrocannabinolic Acid (HHCA).
Dr. Scialdone is a member of the ASTM D37 Committee on Cannabis, the NCIA Testing Policy Working Group and is a founding member of the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision of the American Chemical Society from which he received the Award for Excellence and Commitment to Cannabis Chemistry in 2018. He currently serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine.
Recent Publications, Patents and Presentations from Dr. Scialdone
The Dark Side of Cannabidiol: The Unanticipated Social and Clinical Implications of Synthetic Δ8-THC, October 19, 2022, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
Building a Sustainable Industrial Hemp Processing Business, March 23, 2022, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego CA.
What is HHC and how does it affect the body? Dec 14, 2021, The Cannigma
Historical Perspective on Early Cannabinoid Isolation, American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2021, pp. 47-49
The Identification of Δ-8 Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (Δ-8-THCA) by NMR and LCMS Techniques, 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA March 18th-22nd, 2018, Abstract CHAS-041
Hydrogenation of Cannabis Oil, US patent 10,071,127, September 11th, 2018
Hydrogenation of Cannabis Oil, US patent 9,694,040, July 4th, 2017
Hydrogenation of Cannabis Oil, CannMed 2017, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, April 9th-11th 2017
Hydrogenated Cannabis Oil, 252nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA August 21st-25th, 2016, Abstract CHAS-026
Characterization of Cannabis Concentrates by NMR, Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference, March 28th, Washington DC, 2015
In the News
Raphael Mechoulam's Cannabis Chemistry Legacy - Curious About Cannabis
A Complete Guide to THCH: Research, Products, Potency & Effects - ACS Laboratory Blog
A Tribute to Raphael Mechoulam with Marcus Richardson, Ethan Russo, Robert Clarke and David Watson - Hash Church
Discovering Cannabis: A Deep Dive in Cannabinoid Science History with Mark Scialdone, PhD - Curious About Cannabis
What is THCP and How Does it Effect You? - The Cannigma
Cannabis Magic, Synthetic Cannabinoid Contaminants, and Hydrophobic Greaseballs: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Scialdone - Terpenes and Testing Magazine
How Delta-8 THC Became the Hot Semi-Legal High - Rolling Stone
Cannabis Chemistry History, Hydrogenated Cannabinoids, Science and Art - Curious About Cannabis Podcast
Plastics May Degrade Cannabis Potency in Food - Food Quality and Safety
AgroRefiner Commences Operation of Hemp Extraction Facility Focused on CBD
Weeding Through Marijuana: Experts, Advocates Talk Cannabidiol (CBD) - Aspen Times
Cannabinoid Analogues Offer a Promising Future for Medical Cannabis - National Cannabis Industry Association Committee Blog
Discovery Channel "Innovations" featuring Heidolph, Moxie, Dr. Mark Scialdone