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Vinyl Acetate - Ethylene Co-polymerization Technology Consultant

Technical Consultant #2314


Expertise

  • Emulsion polymerization technology, with focus on vinyl acetate - ethylene co-polymerization technology.
  • Product ideation; scale-up, and manufacturing in the specialty chemicals, adhesives and materials industries.
  • Development of aqueous based binder technology for paint and coatings applications.
  • Development of aqueous based binder technology for paper and packaging adhesives applications.
  • Development of aqueous based binder technology for textile and non-woven applications.
  • New product development, aqueous binder application development, scale-up and commercial scale process improvements.
  • Innovation and technology management (e.g. Stage Gate®, DFSS®).
  • Scale-up and piloting, pilot plant management.
  • Process improvement and manufacturing efficiency programs (e.g. Six Sigma®).
  • Innovation and IP strategy development.
  • Lab and pilot plant expansion project management, including budget control.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Founder, 2014 - Present

  • Provide global consulting in chemistry innovation and technology.
  • Developed a strategy for entering U.S. and Europe market for a Latin-American company producing green binders for construction industry.
  • Co-designed a new, low-emission product for the textile coatings business of a European company, suggested a product development strategy to the research organization.
  • Developed environmental friendly binder alternatives for bamboo composites for the "Bambuswaldhoch10" of the NGO "Fundacion Escuela para la Vida", Colombia.

Celanese Emulsions GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany, 2006 - 2013

Head of Global Emulsions Process Technology, 2010 - 2013

  • Founded, staffed and managed the Emulsions Process Technology group, with five team leaders (of Ph.D.), 15 researchers, engineers and technicians total and $1.5 million (€) annual budget.
  • Developed and implemented seven Platform Programs to innovate the Emulsions process and manufacturing technologies.
  • Accountable for operating and developing the central research and development pilot plant, managed $5.0 million (€) total capital investment for new designed equipment and restructuring.
  • As member of Emulsions Technology Leadership Team responsible for technology strategy development, global networking, organization- and people development; as well as change management.

Project Lead Emulsions Process Development, 2007 - 2010

  • Optimized emulsions manufacturing processes in total seven manufacturing sites in Europe, North-America and China.
  • On-location support for emulsions business unit first local China commercial reactor start-up.
  • Generated more than $1.0 million (€) cost savings in a globally implemented raw material optimization project.
  • Responsible for two lab teams as well as pilot plant operations and development.
  • Managed $2.0 million (€) capital investment into improved research facilities.

Lab Lead Emulsions Research and Development, 2006 - 2007

  • Developed new, environmentally friendly emulsion binders for North American paint market as well as for Chinese packaging adhesive market.

Air Products Polymers GmbH & Co. KG, Burghausen, Germany

Lab Lead Research and Development

  • Developed new, environmentally friendly paint binder dispersion for European market.
  • As responsible leader of a multi-functional team implemented a holistic concept to improve plant hygiene for three commercial plants in Europe.
  • Contributed as Member of the Polymer Dispersions working group of International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG) to the development of a standard method under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) framework.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • SixSigma

Languages

  • German, native
  • English, fluent

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, German Chemists Society - GdCh

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of 5 Publications in peer reviewed journals and symposia
  • Patents - 4, (U.S. and World)

Education

  • Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry, (magna cum laude) Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
  • M.S. Chemistry, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
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