2019 Expert Speakers

The following experts spoke at Pigment and Color Science Forum 2019: 

  • 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
  • Alexander Belkin

    Product Manager/Business Development Heubach GmbH

    Alexander Belkin studied business chemistry at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, where he finished both his Bachelor and Master. The master thesis was written in cooperation with company Henkel on the subject of surface treatment.

    For 3 years Mr. Belkin has worked for the company Heubach GmbH in the field of product management for anticorrosive pigments and in the field of business development, where he holds technical responsibility for all dry pigments on a regional basis.

  • Lisa Clapp

    Vice President of Colors Technology Sun Chemical

    Lisa Clapp is the Vice President of Colors Technology at Sun Chemical Corporation with responsibility for research and development of pigments and pigment preparations. 

    Lisa did her undergraduate work in chemistry at Ball State University and received her Master’s of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.   

    Lisa has worked for Sun Chemical for 23 years, where she has held numerous positions, including physical chemist, group leader, Six Sigma Black Belt, Design for Six Sigma Leader, and project manager covering a wide range of Sun Chemical pigment and preparation products.

  • Werner Rudolph Cramer

    Researcher and journalist Independent

    After finishing his study of industrial chemistry Mr Cramer started to develop ideas for colour car design in cooperation with Volkswagen, MAN (trucks) and BASF. Many publications were written about these design cars which were also presented on several European fairs. As a highlight and end point he wrote a book about these design works in 1987.

    Thereafter Mr Cramer switched to more scientific work and started researching interference pigments and their colour measurement. The strong connection to Zeiss and Merck led to a collaboration to develop the new multiangle instrument GK311/M.

    From the early 90s Mr Cramer was more and more involved with interference pigments, their properties and optical behaviors. He is a co-founder of the working group “Color & Appearance” of ASTM to define standard methods to measure interference pigments.
    The collaboration with pigment manufacturers as well as with manufacturers of cars, coatings and instruments has been deepened in the last years. Most of his work is basic research for car manufacturers.

  • Bill Eibon

    Founder, Chief Scientist Adawe Material Science LTD

    Bill Eibon has been a leader in technology, industrial design and manufacturing of polymeric and coatings systems for over 35 years.  He held a wide range of senior leadership and change agent roles during his three-decade career at PPG Industries.  His commercial and operational experiences include Global Technical Director of waterborne coatings, color science, process engineering.  He has been a thought leader for industrial color design, digital color assets and coatings technology for the global Automotive OEM industry.  He has been actively scouting and developing disruptive technologies for the past 5 years. 

    Bill retired from PPG in February 2019.  He is currently Founder and Chief Scientist at Adawe Material Science LTD where he focuses on collaborative technology and business development initiatives between start up and established entities.  He serves as technical and executive advisor for several material science companies

    He joined HygraTek LLC. as Vice President of Commercialization in Q1 2019.  HygraTek is a specialty coatings company specializing in reactive surfaces. 

    He holds a BSc. Chemistry degree from Baldwin Wallace University, and has a passion for collaborative development & commercialization of leading-edge technologies.

    • USA
  • Jodi J. Francis

    Buyer-Colours LUSH

    Jodi Francis grew up in the Caribbean and always had a longstanding interest in Applied Sciences as well as a love for colour cosmetics. She explored this curiosity by pursuing her undergraduate degree in Cosmetic Science, followed by what was supposed to be short placement, worked for Ashland Speciality Ingredients before returning to full-time education. She graduated with Distinction from her Master’s in Formulation Science in 2014 and has since worked as a Development Chemist for start-up London brand Ainsel Limited before her current role as a Buyer for Lush Cosmetics Limited. She brings a unique perspective within industry from having worked in R&D for both a large- scale multinational company as well as a smaller start up brand and now applying her technical knowledge to commercially sourcing raw materials. 

  • Dr. Véronique Guyot-Ferréol

    R&D Manager Senior Sensient Cosmetic Technologies

    A master of physico-chemistry in 1997, a master chemistry and organization of condensed matter in 1999, a Master’s Degree in chemical Engineering in 1999 and a doctorate of Science in 2002, Dr. Véronique Guyot-Ferréol has successively held the position of researcher for Rhone-Poulenc in order to develop new aqueous dispersions as anti-foaming, then for Elf Atochem in order to optimize polymer emulsions used in the  hydrophobic and oleophobic textile treatments and those used in the water treatments, and for DSM in order to find a new process for the purification of food enzymes before joining the research center of LVMH Parfums & Cosmétiques in Saint-Jean de Braye as manager of research projects until 2008.

    At LVMH Parfums & Cosmétiques research center, Dr.Véronique Guyot-Ferréol was the coordinator of over 60 research projects in several fields: synthetic and natural polymers, materials and nanomaterials, hybrid compounds, … in order to develop new cosmetic products of skin care, make-up and sun products with new properties characterized by rheology, optical and electronical microscopy, thermal analysis, …

    Between 2008 and 2016, Dr. Véronique Guyot-Ferréol joined L’Oréal in the Product Performance Evaluation Department where she took in charge the laboratory of claims and subcontracting especially for Hair Field.

    Since 2016, Dr. Véronique Guyot-Ferréol joins Sensient Cosmetic Technologies as Senior R&D Manager in charge of the  Laboratory of Ingredients Research and the Laboratory of Cosmetic Applications for Europe on the site of Saint Ouen l’Aumône, global Excellence Center for Make-up.

    Dr. Véronique Guyot-Ferréol is the author of over 30 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, of 2 web pages about characterization methods: electrophoresis and particle size measurements, and of a chapter about bio-nanosystems in the GENNESYS white paper: Nanomaterials science and nanotechnology.

    She has also filled 10 patents.

  • Eric Kirchner

    Senior Color Scientist AkzoNobel

    Eric Kirchner has an MS in Physics, Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry. He is currently Senior Color Scientist at AkzoNobel (global manufacturer paints&coatings). Since 2000 Eric has been the Project Lead of different innovative color projects. He is responsible for innovative research behind development of BYK-Mac instrument, a co-development by AkzoNobel, BYK-Gardner and Merck. This instrument has since become the industry standard in Automotive OEM and many other industries. Eric has more than 50 international publications on color science, several patents

    Expertise fields: visual perception, multi-angle reflectance measurement and digital visualization of color, sparkle and other texture aspects

  • Milan Krumbe

    General Manager Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd.

    Milan Wilhelm Krumbe is General Manager for the industrial pigment business for Sudarshan Europe B.V. in Amsterdam. In this function he leads the business transformation and executes growth and sales targets of the leading Indian pigment manufacturer to strengthen and to expand the market position in Europe. He has extensive market knowledge and experience in organizational development of businesses, and he was responsible for global market expansions in his previous functions.

    Milan started his career at Siegwerk working in research and development for inks, followed by activities within the automotive coatings industry for DuPont Performance Coatings, before he joined Lanxess within technical marketing, strategy and organizational development, implementing operational excellence and driving the business turnaround.

    For Rockwood, he was Global Sales Director for the white pigment business, before he took over the position as Global Market Director for the Specialty Polymers business within Solvay. Before he joined Sudarshan as General Manager, he was member of the Executive Committee Germany, Austria, Switzerland for Bureau Veritas in the field of QHSE. Milan studied chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Germany and holds an MBA from Maastricht University School of Business and Economics.

  • Tom Landuydt

    Head of Industry Management Automotive Coatings BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Tom Landuydt studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Ghent, Belgium. In 1995, he made his first experiences in the field of Pigments at Ciba Specialty Chemicals where he held various positions in sales and marketing for the coatings industry. From 2009, at BASF, he assumed responsibility for the automotive pigment business in Europe. At present, with BASF Colors & Effects, he manages the global pigment business in the field of Automotive Coatings.

  • David Lockley

    Product Defence and Toxicology Manager of Venator Materials Plc. and Chair of TDMA Scientific Committee

    David works at Venator, formerly the Pigments and Additives Division of the Huntsman Corporation, and provides global support to the business on toxicological and product stewardship issues for its new and existing products.

    He also provides technical (scientific) leadership to industry-wide trade associations, consortia and task forces involved in human health research, risk assessment, and regulatory agency interaction.

    David is the Chair of the Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) Scientific Committee and CLH Task Force.

    After receiving his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Sunderland, David obtained a MSc in Toxicology from Birmingham, PhD in Biochemical Toxicology from Newcastle and Post Doctoral Studies in Molecular Toxicology from Dundee.

    He has been a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) since 2008 and is a member of the British Toxicology Society (BTS).

    David has over 15 years industrial experience working as a toxicologist in the Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Chemical, Retail and Consultancy sectors in the UK.

  • Mihaela Madaras

    R&D Manager - Dispersions Sun Chemical Corporation

    Mihaela Madaras is an R&D Manager in the Performance Pigments Group of Sun Chemical in Cincinnati, OH. After obtaining her PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of North Carolina (USA), Mihaela worked as a postdoc at Ohio State University in Robert Coleman laboratories where she synthesized a coumarin-modified double strand DNA for the ultrafast studies project. This brief exposure to the world of color opened new research opportunities for her at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY where, for 10 years as a Senior Research Scientist, she innovated with colors for inkjet printing. This experience continued at Sensient Colors in St Louis, MO where Mihaela lead a group of scientists in the development of pigment dispersions and inkjet inks. Since Nov 2018, she is working at Sun Chemical, where she conducts research in the area of organic pigment preparations for cosmetics, inks and specialty coatings.

  • Dr. Frank J. Maile

    Global Technical Director SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

    Dr. Frank J. Maile studied chemistry at the university of Stuttgart followed by a PhD at the Research Center of Pigments & Paints (FPL e.V.) Stuttgart, Germany. In 1999 he joined the pigments division of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt. Since 2011 he has been responsible for the Business Unit Coatings & Plastics of Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH in Roth, Germany. Since 2019 he helds the position of a Global Technical Director BU Effect Pigments. He is visiting professor for product development & design and an active member oft he section „Paint Chemistry“ within the German Society of Chemists, GDCh, Since 2015 he is a member of the advisory board of the Color Science Symposium. 

    • Germany
  • Tom Mestdag

    International Sales Manager EMEA The Shepherd Color Company

    Tom Mestdag holds a Masters Degree of Chemical Engineering obtained at the Ghent University.

    He has over 25 years’ experience in sales & marketing in the European, African & Middle East     plastics, paint & glass industry. His functional experience includes sales, marketing, strategy appraisal and business management.

    His employment history is as follows:

    Shepherd Color Intl, Ghent, Belgium, 2000 to present. Sales Manager for EMEA region: Responsible for sales & marketing, market and new business development for The Shepherd Color Company in the EMEA region.  The Shepherd Color Company is a 4th generation, family owned, leading producer of complex inorganic Color Pigments (CICP’s) with headquarters in Cincinnati (OH) USA

    Campine, Beerse (Belgium) 1997 to 1999. BU Manager Masterbatch Division: He led the FR Masterbatch division, responsible for sales, marketing & product development of both halogen-based as halogen-free masterbatches.

    Campine, Beerse (Belgium) 1991-1997. European Sales Manager Antimony Trioxide & FR masterbatches. As of 1994, he also developed the Asian market for antimony trioxide (incl PET catalysis). Campine is one of the largest producers or antimony trioxide.

  • Frank J. Mitsch

    Senior Managing Director Fermium Research

    Frank recently formed Fermium Research in conjunction with Analyst Hub after spending the previous 7+ years with Wells Fargo Securities. Based in New York, Mitsch’s coverage includes commodity, specialty, and agricultural chemicals.  He joined Wells Fargo Securities from BB&T Capital Markets and has covered the chemicals space for more than 20 years. Mitsch began his career as a chemicals consultant with Kline & Company, living in both the US and Europe, and then went on to work with Betz Laboratories, a specialty chemicals company.   

    Mr. Mitsch received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the record–setting lacrosse team.  He holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from M.S.U.

    • USA
  • Alison Norris

    Senior Group Leader PPG

    Alison is a global group leader for PPG (ppg.com). Her professional career spans the fields of color, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, marketing, intellectual property, and IT. She has worked in a variety of domestic and international venues for PPG. Alison graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in chemical engineering.Alison is a global group leader for PPG (ppg.com). Her professional career spans the fields of color, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, marketing, intellectual property, and IT. She has worked in a variety of domestic and international venues for PPG. Alison graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in chemical engineering.

  • 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 Plüg

    Global Head Innovation & Application, Performance Materials – Surface Solutions Merck KGaA

    Carsten Plüg was born in 1968. He is German, and married with two daughters. Dr Plüg attended University of Kiel, Germany, Studies and gained a PhD in organic chemistry, Group Prof Willy Friedrichsen – Dipolar cycloaddition chemisty. He then did his Postdoc at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, group Prof. Curt Wentrup, Reactive intermediates. From 1998-2011 Dr Plüg held various positions at Clariant, including Head of Research Organic Pigments from 2002-2009. From 2012-2014 he worked for Samsung Cheil Industries as Senior Manager “dye research for electronic purposes”. Since 2014 Dr Plüg has been at Merck KGaA, and is currently “Head of R&D and application technology Surface Solutions” incl. pearl pigments, functional particles and cosmetic actives. 

  • Tobias Rausch

    Global Product Manager Appearance Capture X-Rite

    Tobias Rausch is responsible for the world-wide product and market management of X-Rite Pantone’s new Total Appearance Capture (TAC) technology. Rausch has been with X-Rite for 9 years and is based at X-Rite’s European Headquarters in Regensdorf, Switzerland. For the last 17 years he has been deeply involved in the development of color and appearance measurement solutions in different positions. He graduated in printing engineering at the Stuttgart Media University and holds a PhD from the University of Arts in London

  • 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
  • Prof. Yaochun Shen

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics University of Liverpool

    Prof Yaochun Shen received his PhD degree from Nanjing University in 1992. After that he held various positions at Southeast University (China), Heidelberg University (Germany), Heriot-Watt University (UK), Cambridge University (UK) and TeraView Ltd (UK). Currently he is a Chair Professor and School Research Lead at the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, The University of Liverpool, UK.  Professor Shen has many year’s experiences in the development and application of novel cross-sectional imaging technologies based on terahertz imaging and optical coherence tomography.  He has been awarded 7 patents and published 5 book chapters and over 200 conference & journal papers with over 5550 citations and an h-index of 41 (Google Scholar). His current research interests include the development of innovative THz and optical imaging technologies with a focus on the exploitation of their practical real-world applications in industry and healthcare.

  • Dr. Andrew E. Smith

    Technical Director Chroma Color Corporation

    Dr. Andrew E. Smith received a BSc in Applied Science from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2006. In 2010 he earned a Ph.D in Materials Chemistry from Oregon State University. Continuing his educational pursuits, Dr. Smith earned an MBA in Innovation, Change & Entrepreneurship from Xavier University in 2018.

    After receiving a doctorate in Materials Chemistry in 2010, Dr. Andrew E. Smith joined the Shepherd Color Company as an R&D Chemist investigating disruptive pigment chemistries. In 2015 he assumed responsibility of the analytical laboratory and led a specialized business division in pigment surface functionalization.

    In 2017, Dr. Smith joined the Uniform Color Company as the Product Engineering Manager where he was responsible for the product development and improvement of color masterbatch for North America.

    In 2019, Dr. Smith joined the color revolution at Chroma Color Corporation as Technical Director where his responsibilities include Technical Service, R&D, Quality, and Regulatory for multiple sites.

    Dr. Smith’s work has been published in 13 journal articles with 3 associated patents in pigment technologies granted. His work on the synthesis, crystal structure, and physical properties of transition metal oxides has been published on the cover of two journals and has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg News, C&EN, and National Geographic. Dr. Smith’s favorite color is blue.

    • USA
  • Stefan Suetterlin

    Vice President Business Management BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Stefan studied Business Administration and Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. In 1990, he joined BASF in the business areas of Textile & Leather Chemicals. Since 2003, Stefan has held several leadership positions in pigments. Leading the integration of the pigment activities of Engelhard in 2007 and Ciba in 2009 and designing the carve-out of the BASF pigment activities into BASF Colors & Effects in 2016, today Stefan is as Managing Director responsible for the global Business Management of the company.

  • Dr. Stefan C. Wieditz

    R&D Director, Strategic Color Initiatives The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Dr. Stefan C. Wieditz is the R&D Director, Global Color Strategic Initiatives with The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Performance Coatings Group in Cleveland, OH, USA. He previously served Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. and BASF Coatings AG in various technical and marketing functions and roles, focusing on Automotive OEM and Refinish products. He is experienced with the Automotive-, Commercial- and Specialty Vehicles industries in Europe, North America and Asia. Before joining Sherwin-Williams, he held the position of a Director RD&I Performance Coatings at Akzo Nobel Coatings in the Netherlands where he streamlined, consolidated and de-complexed colorants and pigment portfolios of 3 independent business units and promoted inter-BU sharing with a global responsibility. As Director RD&I Automotive Technology for Akzo Nobel in the USA, he created and managed a global group to ensure product compliance with automotive OEM specifications worldwide. For BASF Coatings, he started his career in poly-, oligomer-and resin synthesis in Germany, served as Technical Manager Glasurit in the USA, Senior Technical Manager for a JV with Nippon Oil & Fats in Japan and as Key Account Manager for the European Automotive Industry in Germany. He is a multi-culturally accomplished leader who designs, recruits, operates and improves technical and commercial organizations. He holds PhD and MS equivalent degrees in Chemistry with focus on Organic Chemistry and is experienced in paint and coatings research, development of coatings' products and systems, innovation of new ways of application, manufacturing and process optimization.

  • Tianheng Zhao

    Department of Chemistry University of Cambridge

    Tianheng is a final year PhD student in Bio-inspired Photonics group (Silvia Vignolini), Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The research group focuses on producing eye-catching structural colors using natural biopolymers, such as cellulose and its derivatives. Structural colours refer to the colours that arise from the reflection of light when light interferes with the underlying nanostructures.

    There are countless examples of structural colors in nature, such as butterfly wings, beetle’s exoskeleton and pollia fruits. The research group aims to create photonic pigments that are long-lasting, responsive, low-cost and safe for applications in food colourings, cosmetics and bio-sensors. And his personal research emphasises the importance of geometrical confinement on the result of self-assembly of the photonic materials building block.