I would really welcome this. I'm new to APUG but it's clear to me that you possess a wealth of knowledge in this area from which all of us could benefit. I'm neither an engineer nor a chemist but what has become clear to me over the years is that the quest for a particular photographic quality in materials involves trade-offs. (Simple example would be a fine grained, high acutance developer) I would be interested in the 'Whys' of this.
It also seems to me that further significant research on film-based photography will come not from industry but from groups of enthusiasts. Individuals who have the knowledge and interest in pursuing research will need the assistance of groups of this nature for testing, feedback etc.
Go for it and good luck!