2018 Expert Speakers

Meet the industry experts who will speak at the Pigment and Color Science Forum 2018: 

  • Reg Adams

    Chief Executive Artikol

    After graduating in Chemistry & Economics from Birmingham University, Reg Adams began his career at Amalgamated Metal and was later seconded to English China Clays (now Imerys), where he wrote his MBA thesis on company growth. At British Sulphur (now CRU) during the 1970s, he edited a range of publications on industrial chemicals and fertiliser raw materials. His first book Titanium & Titanium Dioxide (ISBN 0903199793) was published by Financial Times Business Books in May 1984. His seventh and most recent book Titanium Minerals: Global Industry, Market & Outlook (ISBN 9781910922088) was published by Roskill in August 2016. Reg Adams has also been retained as an expert witness in matters of commercial litigation or investment scrutiny and he has been commissioned as a speaker at more than 60 international conferences, including each of the TiO2 conferences hosted by Smithers (and predecessor companies) since 1992. He has also chaired a number of conference sessions. His company - Artikol (founded in 1977) - specialises in market intelligence and publishing on mining and chemicals. Drawing on Artikol’s extensive information database, Reg Adams compiles and edits the monthly bulletin Focus on Pigments and the quarterly TiO2 Worldwide Update. For further details, see http://www.artikol.com.

    • United Kingdom
  • Sebastian Babilon, M.Sc.

    M. Sc. Laboratory of Lighting Technology, Technical University of Darmstadt

    Sebastian Babilon received an M.Sc. degree in physics from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (2014). Since then he has been working at the Laboratory of Lighting Technology in Darmstadt as a research assistant and doctoral candidate. His current work is focused on memory related colorperception and the spectral optimization of multi-channel LED luminaires for improved observer preference.

  • Doreen Becker

    Global Insight & Innovation Senior Manager Ampacet

    Doreen Becker, Global Insight and Innovation Senior Manager at Ampacet, has more than 20 years of experience in the technical application of color in plastics and insight development for brand owners and their products.&nbsp; Becker holds a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from King&rsquo;s College and an M.F.A. from New School University - Parsons in New York.&nbsp; She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers globally.</p> <p>Becker has written her first book entitled, &ldquo;Color Trends &amp; Selection for Product Design&rdquo; published by Elsevier in June 2016.

  • Ian Campbell

    Senior Scientist Lucideon

    Ian has a first class Degree from Staffordshire University in Ceramic Science and Engineering and holds a Licentiateship of the Institute of Ceramics.  As a trained expert witness Ian has a Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.

    In addition to extensive experience in the field of materials and ceramics manufacture, Ian has specialist knowledge of glass and glaze composition and development.  This expertise incorporates all product types including vitreous enamel and unique glass formulations for both traditional and non-traditional applications, especially in the coating, sealing and joining of materials with glass.  Ian has also developed glass materials with functional properties related to the chemistry and controlled solubility of materials.

    Glassy materials in powder or granulate form are employed, or have the potential to be employed in almost every area of technology from traditional ceramic glaze and vitreous enamels, to sealing and coating of electronic components, biomedical applications, cosmetics etc.  Glasses may be stable and relatively inert or formulated to provide selected reactivity.  The nature of the glassy state enables this wide range of properties to be developed for many applications.  By using knowledge of the complex interactions of the glass constituents Ian is able to design and produce glassy materials with properties tuned for specific applications.

    Ian's background with glass technology enabled the initial development of Lucideon's inorganic controlled release technology (iCRT) and further innovations in diverse sectors such as agriculture, personal care and healthcare for delivery of both inorganic and organic materials.

    Ian has twenty-five years of industry experience in production, materials supply, research, development and consultancy.  During his career, he has conducted numerous product development and troubleshooting projects for organizations in various sectors of the manufacturing and supply industry.

    A regular lecturer at various institutes worldwide, Ian is an authority in the development, production, service and performance of ceramic products and glassy materials.

    Expertise in: Glass Technology; Controlled Release

  • Paul Czornij

    Technical Manager - Color Excellence Group BASF

    Z. P. Czornij joined BASF Corporation in Michigan in 1984 working in the research and development group for automotive OEM coatings, with a focus on coatings for plastic substrates.

    Later, he worked on various polymer synthesis projects for waterborne coatings.

    Since 1990, he has been involved in pigment evaluation and pigment dispersant resin development, responsible for the global colorant portfolio for the automotive OEM end use application.

    Currently he manages the BASF Color Excellence Group, with the responsibility for pigment qualification, color science, paste process engineering, and color marketing and design. He is currently the president of the Detroit Colour Council.

    He received his chemistry degrees from Wayne State University and from the University of Detroit.

    • USA
  • Eldon Decker

    Research Associate PPG

    Eldon Decker received his M.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University (research on fullerene materials).  Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University (research on interfacial wetting phenomena).  Post Doc at University of Pittsburgh (research on pattern formation in fluid flow).  Worked at PPG for 18 years with experience in pigment dispersions and color science.  Helped invent and develop PPG’s: Andaro® coatings (with nano-sized pigment), Crystalline Colloidal Array technology, and solar heat management coatings.  Granted 18 US patents.  Current area of interest: coatings technologies that help to improve the function, safety, and passenger experience for autonomous vehicles.

  • Ali Dhinojwala

    Chair Professor of Polymer Science The University of Akron

    Professor Dhinojwala received his Bachelors of Technology Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, India and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Chemical Engineering in 1994.  Thereafter, he was a Research Scientist at the Department of Materials Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 1994 to 1996.  At GE Plastics, he worked on developing plastics for DVDs from 1996 to 1997.  In 1997 he joined The University of Akron in the Department of Polymer Science. Professor Dhinojwala served as a Chair of the Department of Polymer Science from 2008-2012. He is currently H. A. Morton Chair Professor of Polymer Science and Interim Dean of College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. He has been a recipient of the NSF-CAREER Award and NSF-Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Young Faculty Award from 3M Corporation. Professor Dhinojwala is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

    Professor Dhinojwala’s current research interest is in understanding adhesion, friction, and wetting. His group has developed light-based spectroscopic techniques to understand the physical properties of molecules at surfaces and interfaces. His recent interest in the area of bio-adhesion has led them to develop synthetic adhesives inspired by geckos and spiders. He is also a co-PI of the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) at the University of Akron. He currently has 150 peer-reviewed publications and fifteen patent issued or pending.

  • Jonathan Doll, Ph. D.

    Leader – Effect Pigments Sun Chemical Corporation

    Jonathan received a Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Connecticut in 2011.   During his studies, he researched the synthesis and/or manipulation of many varieties of conducting and semiconducting nanomaterials including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, iron oxide nanoparticles, metallic nanoparticles and conductive polymers.  His published technical work includes papers in the journals Nature Nanotechnology and Nano Letters as well as presentations at multiple international conferences.  Jonathan joined Sun Chemical in 2012 as a Senior Chemist in the Effect Pigments group.  In 2014, he became the Leader of the Effect Pigments team at Sun Chemical.  His research at Sun is related to the synthesis and design of new metallic and pearlescent effect pigments and preparations as well as improving the properties of existing effects pigments.  In his six years at Sun Chemical, Jonathan has filed over 15 provisional patents and published six papers.

  • Bill Eibon

    Director - Global Color Technology Platform PPG

    Education - B.S. Chemistry Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. Began coatings career at PPG Industries in 1986 color matching metallic automotive paints and developing color master panels. Four years developing & commercializing first waterborne automotive basecoat system at PPG.

    Eight years’ experience in Operations leading teams in Project management, Civil, Mechanical & Chemical Engineering, advanced equipment prototyping, and waterborne basecoat production. Four years as Global Manager, Waterborne Basecoat Technology. Responsible for New Product Development Process for waterborne coatings, polymers and intermediates.

    Three years as Global Director Technology Transfer for PKAF LLC a joint venture between PPG Industries, Inc. and Kansai Paints LLC. December 2006 to present as Director, Global Color Technology Platform for Automotive OEM.  Responsibilities include pigment design & evaluation, tint paste development & commercialization, instrumental color & machine learning, computer generated imaging and new color styling.

    In 2011, Bill also assumed the position of Director-Global Technical Processes. As part of this new position, he is responsible for technical specifications, technology transfer and processing parameters for raw materials, resins, intermediates and finished good products. December 2015, Assumed position Director, Technology Acquisition.  Focusing on material science, pre-commercial R&D and external collaboration.

    • USA
  • Jiri Filip

    Senior Researcher UTIA - Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the CAS

    Jiri Filip received the MSc in 2002 and PhD in 2006, both in cybernetics from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2002 he is a researcher at the Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Between 2007-2009 he was research fellow at School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. As the recipient of the Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2007-2009) he studied human visual perception of material appearance. In 2010, 2011 he received awards of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In his work he combines methods of image processing, computer graphics, and visual psychophysics. His current research is focused on precise measurement, analysis, and modelling of material appearance and on development of novel measurement approaches.

  • Dr Sarah Gordon

    Managing Director Satarla Ltd.

    Having completed her PhD at Imperial College, Sarah then went on to work as a Geologist for Anglo American.  She was lucky enough to live and work in Canada, Brazil, Southern Africa, and Europe, in a variety of functions from exploration through to sustainability, risk management and assurance.  This grounding allowed her to explore different risk management techniques and uses, applying them to real situations. 


    Together with two other risk managers, Sarah founded Satarla in 2014 (www.satarla.com).  Now with 35 Associates based around the world, Satarla provides risk management consultancy, training and research to organisations from sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, charities, finance, together with petrochemicals, energy, oil & gas, and mining.

    Sarah is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and Research Associate with the University of Johannesburg.  She is also the Chair for External Relations and Foreign Affairs for the Geological Society of London, and was voted one of the 10 most influential women in mining in 2016.

  • Adalbert Huber

    Vice President R&D

    Dr. Adalbert Huber received his degree in chemistry and PhD from the University Of Stuttgart, Germany.

    He started at Degussa in 1988 as a research chemist for printing inks.

    Since 1990 he worked in leading positions in application technology for automotive glass decoration and ceramic decoration with precious metal and high temperature pigments.

    He joined Merck KGaA in 1997 as head of application technology for pearlescent pigments. Later he was responsible for the Business field Coatings.

    During this time various new pigment families have been launched, positioning the BF as a leading global supplier. Also the handling of the Force Majeur situation,due to supply shortage of Xirallic after the big earthquake in Japan was within his responsibility.  

    He joined Schlenk in 2014 as Head of R&D, where he focused the research on the combination of metal and pearlescent effect pigments.

    Adalbert Huber holds various patents in the field of pigments and is currently member of the board of the Forschungsgesellschaft Pigment und Lacke.

  • Ciaran Little

    Director of Operations – Americas Smithers Pira

    Ciaran is responsible for Smithers information business in North America. This includes 20 events across North America, and Latin America across 3 brands and 10 vertical markets including packaging, biomaterials, polymers and rubber, print and packing. Ciaran is also responsible for Smithers Reports and Consulting business providing authoritative and independent market data, forecasts and strategic insight across these. Ciaran works with his Akron based team to ensure we provide the highest quality content, networking and information services to our client base of multi national companies across the value chain.

  • Dr. Frank J. Maile

    Director BU Coatings & Plastics Schlenk

    1. Working area as at now: Global responsibility for Business Unit Coatings & Plastics

    2. Past working areas in other companies/institutes:  
    Several positions within Pigments Division at Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany (e.g. Head of Technical Service Coatings, Senior Scientist Coatings, Technical Manager Automotive Coatings).

    3. Further activities (e.g. in universities, organizations, etc.): 
    Member of GDCh (since 1995), ViLF e.V. (since 2002), DCC (Detroit Color Council, since 2009). Visiting Professor for Product Development & Design at Pforzheim University Business School, Germany (since 2010)

    4. Areas of professional interest:  
    Special effect pigments. Coatings. Polymers. Color Science. Psychophysics.

    5. What the audience should else know about me:  
    Passion for Pigments.

    Short curriculum vitae:

    • 1988-1995     Diploma in chemistry from Stuttgart university (>macromolecular chemistry with Prof. Dr. Lothar Dulog)
    • 1997 - 1999   Assistant lecturer for organic chemistry at Esslingen university of applied science
    • 1998               Farbe & Lack award (Vincentz Network Hannover)
    • 2000               PhD in chemistry from Stuttgart university (and Forschungsinstitut für Pigmente und Lacke e.V.) with Prof. Dr. Claus D. Eisenbach (>applied electrochemistry using microprobes)
    • 2000               Award for PhD thesis from German Society of Chemists, GDCh (section paint chemistry)
    • 1999-2011     Several positions within pigments division of Merck KGaA (Technical Manager Automotive Coatings, Senior Scientist, Head of Technical Service Coatings within Business Unit Coatings)
    • 2010               Visiting Professor Product Development & Design at Pforzheim University Business School
    • 2011               Director Business Unit Coatings & Plastics with Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH
    • Germany
  • Prof. Vinothan N. Manoharan

    Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics Harvard University

    Vinothan N. Manoharan is the Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics at Harvard University.  His research focuses on understanding how systems containing many particles suspended in a liquid -- such as nanoparticles, proteins, or cells -- organize themselves into ordered structures like crystals, viruses, and even living tissues.  His lab uses optical microscopy and holography to watch these systems self-assemble in real time.  The goal is to discover new, general physical principles that underlie complex systems and to apply these principles to practical problems in materials science, nanotechnology, and medicine. Manoharan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania before arriving at Harvard in 2005. 

  • Javier Morcillo Ruiz

    Technical Director BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Javier Morcillo Ruiz, Technical Director of the internal start up unit, has been active in the field of pigments and coatings since 2000.  He started his career in the research and development of various paint layers for interior and exterior automotive plastic components.  Since 2006 he has held various positions within the BASF group focusing on colorimetry, color formulation software, color analysis, pigment selection and technical marketing. At present, he is working at BASF Colors & Effects located in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

  • Tara Ocenar

    Product Development & Innovation Manager at the Canadian Innovation Center The Estee Lauder Companies

    Tara Ocenar began her journey with Estee Lauder Companies in 2004.  Tara's creativity and background focuses on product development, colour theory, nuances of pigments, dimensional pearls and the art of shade matching. Tara has developed skills to actively listen to multiple trends sources and multiple social media platforms to identify how macro trends transition into the beauty space.

  • Theresa Patton

    Marketing Development Manager for Color Americas PolyOne

    Theresa is the Marketing Development Manager for Color Americas at PolyOne where she helps customers make informed decisions with regards to Color, Material, and Finish. She works across various industries to identify and interpret social, economic, and creative catalysts likely to influence color, material and finish trends. She earned a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in Industrial Design. She has extensive experience delivering innovative solutions through inspired applications of color & form and has earned several national awards for her design solutions. Theresa supports the fine arts as well by serving on the board of the Fireland’s Association of Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio since 2012.

  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfaff

    Professor for Inorganic Chemistry and Expert in Pigment Research Technical University of Darmstadt and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

    Born in 1953, studied chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and graduated with a thesis in the field of inorganic solid state chemistry. He was then research assistant and senior research assistant in Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena where he was responsible for teaching many courses in the field of inorganic chemistry. 1991: He began his work in pigment research at Merck in Darmstadt. 1994: He became director of the Product Development Department within the framework of research into effect pigments. From 2006 to 2014, he was director of pigment research. 1994: He began to lecture at the Darmstadt University of Technology where he qualified as a professor in chemistry in 1997. In the same year he was appointed senior lecturer and in 2008 Professor at the Darmstadt University of Technology. Gerhard Pfaff is the author of more than 90 scientific publications and more than 70 patents. His newest book, Inorganic Pigments, was published by de Gruyter in 2017.

  • Carsten Rosenhahn

    Vice President, Product & Business Development, Business Unit Inorganic Pigments LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

    2000 PhD in Physical Chemistry, after Study in Bonn and Münster (Germany), Santa Barbara (USA) and Glasgow (Scotland)

    2001-2004  R&D Scientist at Bayer AG (later LANXESS AG), Business Unit Inorganic Pigments

    2005-2012 Production Manager in different production plants, Business Unit Inorganic Pigments, LANXESS AG

    2013-2014 Global Head of Technical Service, Business Unit Inorganic Pigments, LANXESS AG

    2015-today Vice President, Product & Business Development, Business Unit Inorganic Pigments, LANXESS AG

  • Loulou Rozek

    Global Technical Service Manager Borchers Americas, Inc.

    Loulou Rozek came to Borchers USA in 2015, as the Technical Service Manager Americas with extensive experience in Additives and specialty minerals for coatings, with emphasis on pigment concentrate formulating. Prior to Borchers, Loulou worked with Engelhard Specialty Minerals and EFKA Additives as the Regional Technical Advisor and Industry Manager for Coatings in Europe. Currently Loulou has the Global Technical Service Manager position based out of Westlake, Ohio.

    Loulou received her Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam.

  • Dr Trevor S B Sayer

    Managing Director Expertas Global

    Trevor obtained his Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia & Cambridge in the U.K. He then carried out a 2 year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Georgia Tech. in Atlanta in the School of Chemistry.

    He joined I.C.I. as a synthetic organic chemist, developing novel dyes and pigments; then became New Business Development Manager, spearheading the development of a range of new speciality chemicals. Trevor then joined I.C.I. Paints to head up the Colour & Pigment Technology Group.

    As a Senior Research Chemist, Trevor had a strategic role developing new pigment dispersant technology relevant to the Decorative and Automotive Business Sectors. When I.C.I. Autocolor was purchased by PPG Industries in 1999, the team’s various achievements were recognised by becoming the Centre of Excellence for Dispersion Science for the global Refinish Coatings Business.

    In 2008, Trevor started his own business called Expertas Ltd, which expanded to Expertas Global in 2016. He now consults on colour and pigment dispersion technology with global corporate companies. More recently, Expertas has been carrying out research in the area of the psychology of colour and evaluating different tools to understand and predict the link between semantic perception scales and colour measurement methodology. This is an important growing area of research and Expertas intends to be at its leading edge in the future.

    Check out the article by Dr. Trevor Sayer on the activities in the colour and high performance pigment industry here >>

    • United Kingdom
  • Dr. Raimund Schmid

    Senior Manager Development BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Dr. Raimund Schmid received his PhD in chemistry in 1988 from the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. After one year of working as post-doc on new precursors for sol-gel chemistry at the CNRS in Toulouse (France) he joined BASF effect pigment research in Ludwigshafen. From 1999 to 2006 he was responsible as global technical manager for technical marketing of pigments for automotive coatings. Since 2007 he is leading the development of new effect pigments for coatings and plastics applications.

  • Karen Schultz

    Materials Engineer Boeing Research & Technology

    Karen Schultz is a Materials Engineer for Boeing Research & Technology in Seattle, Washington, where she has focused on developing next generation coating and sealant technologies. Key projects have included the development of accelerated cure polyurethane coatings and surface preparation techniques for finishing thermoplastic composites, as well as test methodologies for rapid assessment of coating durability. Prior to joining Boeing, Karen worked for Johnson & Johnson, in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device formulation development, and later joined Semprus BioSciences, where she led the Polymer Characterization and Analytical Sciences group. Karen has a BS in Chemistry from Valparaiso University and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

  • Dr. Christopher Seubert

    Research Engineer Ford Research and Innovation Center

    Dr. Seubert received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his M.S./Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in Materials Science and Engineering.  He is a Research Engineer working in the Paint Research Group at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center.  He has worked at Ford for the last 17 years and has explored a range of topics including UV/EB cure, scratch and mar, weathering and durability, and most recently, the measurement and modeling of paint colors.  

  • Jean-François Turgeon

    Executive Vice President Tronox

    Jean-François Turgeon serves as Executive Vice President since joining Tronox on January 1, 2014. He oversees the combined business operations of the company’s Mineral Sands and Pigment & Electrolytic Divisions.

    Turgeon brings decades of experience in leadership positions in the global titanium dioxide business.  He joined Tronox from the Rio Tinto Group, where he served for more than 24 years, most recently in London as managing director of its $3 billion iron and titanium division.  In that role, he had oversight over international TiO2 operations in Canada, South Africa, and Madagascar, and regional sales offices in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific.  Previously, he held several executive, mining operations, and chemical research engineering positions in Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide business unit.

    Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Universite Laval in Quebec City and a master’s degree in hydrometallurgy from McGill University in Montreal.


    • USA
  • Dr. Guillaume Turpin

    CEO Seelab

    Guillaume TURPIN obtained his PhD in Physics at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France, in 2001. He founded and managed his first company, Andheo, from 2007 to 2015. Andheo is an engineering company focused in fluid systems performance optimization.
    In 2015, Guillaume TURPIN founded Seelab company. Seelab designs aspect measurement devices - for gloss, color - and colormatching related softwares.

  • Matt Vanden Eynden, Ph.D.

    Analytical Chemist Formulaction, Inc.

    Matt received a B.S. in chemistry from Wright State University in 2006 and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2011. After a post-doc and teaching for three years, Matt has starting working for Formulaction, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio and maintains and supports a line of products focused on end-use property analysis that utilize light scattering optical techniques.

  • Ken Walker

    Senior Staff Scientist Sherwin-Williams

    Ken joined the Sherwin-Williams Co in 1988 and is currently a staff scientist at the companies Breen Technology Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  His research at Sherwin-Williams is focused mainly on white hide, materials that contribute to opacity and the measurement of light scattering efficiency in coatings.  Prior to joining SW, Ken also worked 7 years as a materials scientist with the Diamond Shamrock Corp.

    While at Sherwin-Williams Ken has worked on the development of a number of materials used in coatings including foam control agents, anti-corrosive pigments, flame retardants and pigments.  He has received a number of corporate technical achievement and cost savings awards, including twice being recognized with the Percy Neyman award, the company’s highest technical achievement award.

    Ken has been granted seven US patents, the most recent dealing with the use of opacifying pigment clusters in low sheen paint compositions.  He is also the author of a number of publications and presentations.  In 2007 he was presented the Kitts-Kingley Award for best presentation at the International Wire and Cable Symposium.  In 2010 he was recognized with the Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding technical paper at the same conference. 

    Ken is a graduate of Boston University with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in inorganic chemistry.