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The WACKER ACADEMY Team of Instructors
The WACKER ACADEMY team is available all over the world to further your professional development. We offer customized seminars and education solutions for your business needs – in theory and practice, and in keeping with the state of the art. Our certified instructors and moderators will share their knowledge, bringing to bear their curiosity, expertise and comprehensive understanding of new trends and markets.
Instructors at the WACKER ACADEMY of Europe (Burghausen)
Dr. Hartmut Ackermann
Dr. Hartmut Ackermann studied chemistry in Marburg an der Lahn, earning his PhD in inorganic chemistry. He joined WACKER in 2000 as a process chemist for the methyl resin plant. Alongside his work at WACKER, Dr. Ackermann was active in R&D support in the field of industrial coatings at Akzo. Since 2006, he has been technical marketing manager for Construction Chemicals, supporting customers in EMEA/LATAM. Dr. Ackermann also has several years’ experience as a customer-training instructor.
Dr. Udo Anders
Dr. Udo Anders has been working as a technical marketing manager at WACKER SILICONES since 2015. He oversees technical support within Construction Chemicals. He is responsible for water-repellant treatments for concrete protection with a focus on surface treatment and integral waterproofing as well as for the new binder technology for concrete floor protection (SILRES BS 6920).
Dr. Gerhard Beer
Dr. Gerhard Beer studied chemistry, writing his doctoral dissertation on physical-organic chemistry. Since 2001, he has held various positions at Wacker Chemie AG, in both R&D and application technology for personal care. He is currently in charge of the laboratory for hair care development and is the technical contact person for key account customers, and also for the EMEA region.
Dr. Christoph Beyer
Dr. Christoph Beyer is a chemist and studied at the Technical University of Munich and Regensburg University. After finishing his doctoral thesis on organic chemistry, he began his career at WACKER in 2011, as a deputy operations manager. As technical manager at WACKER POLYMERS, he has led the applications laboratory for surface coatings resins since 2016. In 2017, he has also became a WACKER ACADEMY trainer.
Eva-Maria Bienert started her career as a chemistry laboratory assistant in 1982 at the “Vereinigten Aluminium Werken” in Töging. She joined WACKER’s “Research in Silanes” department in 1986. From 2001 to 2011, she held frequent training programs for distributors and customers within the Textiles BT. After joining the “Personal Care” department, she has held several training programs for distributors and customers on the topic of “Silicones in Cosmetics.”
Dr. Christof Brehm
Dr. Christof Brehm studied chemistry and wrote his doctoral thesis in organic chemistry at the university Saarbrücken. He started his career in various R&D positions at the Max-Planck-Institute Kohlenforschung (Mühlheim/Ruhr), at ALTANA Pharma AG and at BASF SE. In 2008, he joined Wacker Chemie AG’s Innovation Silicones group. Since 2017, he has led – as Technical Manager – the application laboratory for developments in the field of Household Care and is, in this respect, the technical contact for all customers of the EMEA region.
Petra Brenner completed her apprenticeship to become an IT commercial specialist at WACKER in Burghausen. At the Munich-based “GBS-Wirtschaftsakademie” (business academy), she passed the test to become a state-certified graduate in business management. At WACKER, she worked in Corporate Development and Personnel Development in Munich and at CSR in Burghausen. Since 2015, she has been responsible for organizing customer and distributor seminars at WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
Christopher Derichs is a laboratory assistant (technical specialist) at WACKER POLYMERS. He joined WACKER in 2007 to train to be a chemical laboratory assistant. In 2010, he started at WACKER POLYMERS’ mortar-testing laboratory. From 2011 to 2012, he worked on optimization and development of special concrete systems. Since April 2012, he has been working at the Technical Service department for the Central Eastern Europe region. Since 2017, he has been supporting the WACKER ACADEMY team with the laboratory part of technical training relating to WACKER POLYMERS.
Dr. Ovidiu Feier-Iova
Dr. Ovidiu Feier-Iova: after completing his degree in chemistry and his doctoral thesis in organometallic chemistry at Heidelberg University, he occupied various posts at KAO Germany GmbH. Having previously worked as head of Research and Development at KMP Printtechnik AG, he has been working as technical manager and laboratory manager in WACKER’s Personal Care Applications sector since 2016. He is also the Technical Champion for WACKER Personal Care Applications in the EMEA region.
Dr. Tassilo Habereder
Dr. Tassilo Habereder studied chemistry and wrote his PhD thesis in inorganic chemistry. Before he joined Wacker Chemie AG, he had worked in various positions for Ciba Speciality Chemicals (now BASF). Since 2009, he has been working as technical manager and laboratory head for Personal Care applications at Wacker Chemie AG. Moreover, he works as Global Technical Champion for WACKER skin and color care applications.
Renate Haunberger has been with WACKER since 1995. After her commercial training at Deutsche Bahn and an administrative role at a large insurance company, she joined WACKER’s PR department. She went on to become a key account assistant in the Construction Polymers unit and in Communications at POLYMERS Shared Services. Since 2017, she has been responsible for organizing courses for WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
Dr. Jörg Heinlein
Dr. Jörg Heinlein, after his studies, began work as technical service manager for effect pigments based on liquid crystalline polymers. Later on he was responsible for market development for optical film applications with liquid crystalline polymers. In 2011, he conducted – as technical service manager for HDK fumed silica – his first training courses for WACKER SILICONES distribution partners. His focus was on coatings and composites. Since then, he has been part of the WACKER ACADEMY training team.
Dr. Dieter Heldmann
Dr. Dieter Heldmann studied at the University of Regensburg, earning a doctorate in organic chemistry. Following a postdoctoral period at ETH Zurich, he started his career at WACKER’s Corporate Research & Development department. Since 2006, as senior technical manager, he has supervised the use of silicone products in industrial-coating applications, in particular binders for heat-resistant coatings.
Adolf Himpsl started his WACKER career in R&D for organic intermediates. Following a transfer to technical support at Construction Polymers, he was involved in setting up, equipping and supporting the first global technical centers in São Paulo and Singapore in 1998. Since then, he has implemented numerous training programs, both internal and external, and is a co-founder of the WACKER ACADEMY.
After his chemical training, Peter Kapinos studied Business Administration and then joined WACKER in 2003. He has held a number of functions, including Senior Business Planning Manager at our WACKER POLYSILICON and WACKER SILICONES divisions. Since 2016, he has been Marketing Manager for the Household Care segment.
Dr. Marion Killat
Dr. Marion Killat studied at the University of Kaiserslautern, earning a doctorate in chemistry. Following a post-doctoral stay in the USA,she started her career at WACKER in 2000, joining the R&D department of WACKER POLYMERS. Since 2006, she has been a member of the WACKER ACADEMY training team, for diverse WACKER POLYMERS applications.
Michael Killermann joined WACKER’s analytical department in 1992. From 1996 to 2008, he worked as a lab technician in the Building & Coatings business team, where he was in charge of technical distributor support for industrial coatings. He was recruited to the WACKER ACADEMY training team as a practical instructor in May 2008.
Dr. Ulrich Lauter
Dr. Ulrich Lauter studied chemistry in Regensburg and obtained his doctorate at the Max-Planck Institute of Polymer Research in Mainz. He first came to WACKER in 2012, following a postdoc position in the USA and 14 years at Vinnolit in the research, development and application technology department. He is currently technical service manager of the VINNOL® surface coating resins segment.
Dr. Florian Liesener
Dr. Günter Mahr
Dr. Günter Mahr is a chemist and studied at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. After receiving his doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry, he began his career at WACKER in 1994 at WACKER SILICONES’ former R&D department. He later switched to application technology and is currently a Technical Marketing laboratory manager, responsible for diverse applications in the area of industrial chemistry.
Working as a service engineer, Johann Müller provided global support for WACKER’s silicone rubber textile coatings market segment for 18 years. Since 2008, he has headed Technical Marketing at WACKER’s Rubber Solutions business team, with responsibility for Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, Russia and India.
Dr. Ingo Müller
Dr. Ingo Müller has been with WACKER since 2008. He is involved in basic research projects that focus on organic-inorganic interactions in cement-based mortars. Thanks to his professional experience, he has a sound knowledge of cement-hydration processes and the effect of cellulose ethers. He studied mineralogy and wrote his doctoral thesis on applied mineralogy.
Andreas Peic joined SILICONES after completing his chemical training at WACKER in 2008. As a member of the Construction Chemicals business team, his responsibilities have included technical support for gypsum, boards and insulating materials. Since 2010, he has been a trainer for SILRES® construction applications at the WACKER ACADEMY. Alongside his job at WACKER, he is currently training to become a certified chemical technician.
Dr. Ingmar Piglosiewicz
Dr. Ingmar Piglosiewicz worked, after his PhD thesis, as JSPS Research Fellow on Porous Coordination Polymers at Kyoto University in Japan. After working as technical service manager for special solvents and gas absorption fluids at Clariant Produkte GmbH, he joined Wacker Chemie AG as technical service manager for fumed silica. His focus was on adhesives and imaging systems. Since 2011, he has been a member of the WACKER ACADEMY training team.
Dr. Holger Poths
Dr. Holger Poths completed his chemistry PhD, which focused on polymer synthesis. He was a technical service manager for nonwoven / textile customers for over 17 years at WACKER POLYMERS and AIR PRODUCTS POLYMERS (APP). Since 2008, he has been platform manager for nonwovens, heading three chemical labs dedicated to application development and technical service for EU customers. Since March 2012, he has been platform champion of the global competency center for nonwovens, incl. second-level technical support in Asia.
Christian Putz is technical service manager within the Construction Chemicals business team at WACKER SILICONES. The certified paints and lacquers engineer has been with WACKER since 1998. He has been working as technical service manager for SILRES® silicone resin emulsion paints and plasters for the construction industry since 2007.
Michaela Reiss has been working for WACKER in Burghausen since 2009 and completed an apprenticeship of three years as an office administration assistant. From 2012 to 2018, she worked as an assistant in the Engineering and Technical Procurement office. In 2017, she completed a qualification program as a “management assistant” and 2018 as “manager for intercultural communication.” Since January 2019, she has been working for WACKER ACADEMY Europe in Burghausen, mainly responsible for the organization of customer and distributor training programs for SILICONES and POLYMERS.
Dr. Claudius Schwarzwälder
Dr. Claudius Schwarzwälder studied chemistry and wrote his PhD thesis in physical chemistry. After postdoc work at the University of Cambridge, he became a cosmetic chemist in the R&D department of Beiersdorf AG. In 2001, he began work at WACKER SILICONES’ Personal Care team. As a technical marketing manager, he conducted training courses for sales managers and distributors until 2009. He has been marketing manager for the Personal Care segment since 2009.
Dr. Vera Seitz
Dr. Constantin Tiemeyer
Dr. Constantin Tiemeyer is a technical service manager for coatings at the Consumer & Industrial Polymers business unit. In 2010, he finished his degree in chemistry (Dipl. Chem.) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He earned his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) there in 2014. Since January 2019, he has been working as a technical service manager at WACKER POLYMERS’ East business team.