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.
Personal Care Instructors
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.
Anastasiia Efremova graduated from the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, department of Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Technology. She joined WACKER in March 2018 as a technical manager in the Consumer Care business team. She is responsible for technical support, lab testing, seminars & lab training sessions for Personal Care, Household and Pharma & Food customers in Russia and CIS countries.
Sienna is a chemist for the Personal Care market segment. She is responsible for formulating personal care prototypes, as well as for application testing and providing technical support to customers in North America. Sienna holds a BSPS in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Designs, with minors in Chemistry and Business Administration, from the University of Toledo.
Starting at WACKER in 2015 after working at Ashland Chemical for seven years, Chelsea is currently a chemist in the Personal Care market segment. She provides technical support to customers, production and sales managers, formulates products and prototypes for the personal care industry and does application testing for hair, skin and color cosmetics. Chelsea attended Marshall University in West Virginia, where she received a BS in Chemistry.
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.
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.
SeJong Kim joined Wacker Chemicals Korea in 2015 as a technical manager in the Performance Silicones business team. He has 17 years of experience in silicones working as a researcher and business planner in a variety of different industries, including silicone polymers for the chemical and consumer industries, silicone monomers for photovoltaic applications and precursors for semiconductor applications. He is now the technical manager for Performance Silicones at Wacker Chemicals Korea.
Dr. Yu-Chin Li
Dr. Yu-Chin (Angel) Li holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as both a BS in Chemistry and an 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, Tennessee.
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree (with merit) in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore. Her area of expertise is the personal care industry. She joined WACKER in 2012, and is currently responsible for Consumer Care in the Southeast Asia region.
Steve is the technical manager responsible for supporting Personal Care customers in the NCA region. He started at WACKER in 2005, and has previously held the roles of chemist in the Home Care market segment, process chemist for silicone fluids and emulsions, and production supervisor for silicone rubber. Steve holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.
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.