The WACKER ACADEMY Team of Instructors
Theoretical expertise and practical experience are the cornerstones of the WACKER ACADEMY team. With backgrounds in sales or technology, our experts come to the table with extensive application knowledge. They are also trained instructors and moderators with a sixth sense for current trends and market developments.
Instructors for Industrial Coatings
Dr. Daniel Calimente
After working with PPG Industries and BASF Corporation, Dr. Daniel Calimente joined WACKER in 2011 as a Technical Manager. He is currently the Technical Marketing Manager for Industrial Coatings and Plastics. He has also been involved in other market segments such as Oil & Gas. Daniel attended Wayne State University where he received his PhD in Organic Chemistry and also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Cheryl Fan is a senior technical manager at the WACKER Shanghai technical center and is in charge of technical service and support for HDK® fumed silica for Asia Pacific. She has been involved in sealants and adhesives, as well as in coatings research and development activities and product applications. Cheryl Fan joined the Shanghai center in July 2013.
Dr. Jörg Heinlein
Dr. Jörg Heinlein began work as technical service manager for effect pigments based on liquid crystalline polymers after his studies. 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 with focus on coatings and composites first trainings for WACKER SILICONES distribution partners. 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.
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. Yu-Chin Li
Dr. Yu-Chin (Angel) Li has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University as well as both a BS in Chemistry and MS in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. After working for 3 years as a Research Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, she worked at Preferred Sand as a Research Scientist and then an R&D Manager. Angel joined WACKER in 2019 and is currently the Technical Manager in the Fumed Silica Business Team responsible for technical support of fumed silica and leading the Applications Laboratory in Charleston, TN.
Danis Liu joined WACKER in 2014 as a technical manager at WACKER Shanghai technical center. He is in charge of technical service and support for Industrial coating, Plastic, Pulp and Industry Defoaming and Chemical Industrial products in China, as well as developing new silicone applications in these fields.
Guillermo is the sales manager for Mexico at the Performance Materials business unit. He has had two periods of employment at WACKER, initially from 1988 to 1992 and then from 2000. He has more than 36 years’ experience of the chemical industry, mainly with epoxy resins, polyurethanes, plastisol and release agents based on silicone fluids. At WACKER, Guillermo has been responsible for elastomers, pyrogenic silica, sealants, silanes and fluids, plastics, textiles, defoamers and industrial coating resins. Earlier, he worked for Hysol de Mexico, a company focused on epoxy resin compounds. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Peer Mohammed holds a Master Degree in Chemistry from American College in India and worked as Technical Manager for Construction Silicones across the MEA region. He has more than 20 years of diversified experience in R&D, Product Development, Technical Service in Paint & Coating Industry.
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.
Mark Sha is a technical manager at WACKER’s Shanghai technical center. He is in charge of technical service and support for silicone oligomers in coatings and for water-resistant products in China. Mark Sha has worked in production, R&D and technical service for coatings since 1995. He joined WACKER’s Shanghai technical center in August 2005.
Kunjankumar Shah holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Sciences degree from Mumbai University in India. He started his career in the paints industry in 2007 and previously worked with Asian Paints in India and Jotun Paints in Dubai. Areas of specialization include architectural coatings, protective coatings and intumescent coatings.
Lida joined WACKER in 2012 as sales manager for the Andean region. During the last 8 years, she has gained extensive experience of silicones business, including construction, plastics, textiles, personal care and the pharma sector. Since 2019, she has overseen Performance Silicones activities and the pyrogenic silica business. Lida has 20 years’ experience, including in management and commercial fields. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Colombia, a master’s in International Business from Javeriana University and a degree in Top Management from Los Andes University in Colombia.