2016 Advisory Board

  • Mehdi Abbadi

    Global Business Manager for Performance Elastomers Bluestar Silicones

    Education: PhD in Organic Chemistry from Grenoble University and MBA from Paris Sorbonne University.

    Professional: Worked 9 years as a consultant in New Business Development for the company Daydream, then 3 years for SNF Floerger (petrochemicals and water treatment) as a Strategy Manager. Joined Dow Corning in 2010 as European Marketing Manager and now with Bluestar Silicones since 2014 as Global Business Manager for Performance Elastomers.

    Hobbies: I envoy spending time with my wife, my two children and my friends with whom I like jogging, skiing and sailing.

  • Giorgio Cabrini

    Giorgio Cabrini

    Commercial Director & Board Member MESGO S.p.A

    Since joining Mesgo 9 years ago, Cabrini has held positions in commercial, marketing, organization and strategy. Since 2007 is also responsible for emerging countries development and M&A activities.

    Cabrini has a classic education background (Latin, old Greek, philosophy, Italian literature), as well as training in finance, business, human resources, organization, marketing, and general management. He is based in Gorlago, Bergamo, Italy.

    • Italy
  • Oliver Franssen

    Global Marketing Director Elastomers Transportation Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    Oliver Franssen studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at RWTH Aachen / IKV in Germany and received his engineer diploma in 1990. He started his professional career 1990 at Dätwyler / Switzerland as project leader for rubber precision parts for the Automotive Industry. In 1996, Oliver joined DuPont-Dow Elastomers as Market Development Manager for Automotive. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the commercial director at Omnexus in Europe. In 2004 he joined Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Bayer Silicones) in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. Since 2008 he is the Global Marketing Director of this segment.

    • Germany
  • Kurt Manigatter

    Kurt Manigatter

    CEO ELMET Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH

    Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria.

    He began his career developing molds and special devices to manufacture ships and ship parts. Kurt moved into sales and marketing, which led him to a leading toolmaker/molder where he was sales and marketing director. In 1996 he started with ELMET Produktions- und Dienstleistungs Gmbh in Oftering, Austria, specializing in liquid silicone rubber tooling. Here he is co-owner and president.

    • Austria
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    Kathy Schmidtke

    Senior Development Engineer, Material Innovation / Backend Technology OSRAM Opto Semiconductor AG

    Kathy Schmidtke studied chemistry at Technical University of Chemnitz and received her diploma from Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. After a research study at Max Planck Institute of polymer research about organic-inorganic hybrid materials, she joined Osram Opto Semiconductors 2010. There, she is working in material development with a focus on silicone elastomers for LED applications.

    • Germany
  • Stephen Clarson

    Stephen J. Clarson

    Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering SEEBME University of Cincinnati

    Stephen J. Clarson was born and educated in England but currently resides in Cincinnati with his wife, their two daughters and one son. He obtained his doctoral degree in Chemistry at the University of York, England in 1985 where he studied with the late Tony Semlyen. He then spent the summer of 1985 at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague, Czechoslovakia before taking up a postdoctoral appointment with James Mark. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. During the period 1992-1998  he was  the Associate Director and then Director of the Polymer Research Center. From 1995-2000

    Dr. Clarson served a five year term as Assistant Dean for Educational Development in  the College of Engineering. He is currently Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the NSF I/UCRC Membrane Science and Technology Center. He is the Editor-in-Chief of SILICON (Springer) and has served on several journal editorial boards.


    In January, 2000 Dr. Clarson was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In February, 2010 the American Chemical Society Cincinnati section named him "Chemist of the Year". He has received numerous award for his teaching including the Neil Wandmacher Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 for 'Most Outstanding Teacher in the College of Engineering', the TEXNIKOI  Award in 1992 for 'Outstanding Teaching and Service  to  the  College  of  Engineering'  and  the   Engineering  Tribunal  Award,   for

    'Outstanding Teacher of the Quarter', Spring Term, 1992 and Spring Term, 1995. He was nominated by the UC student chapter to membership of the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi in 1999. Dr. Clarson has published over two hundred technical articles and co-authored five books: 'Siloxane Polymers' (1993); 'Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials' (2000); 'Synthesis and Properties of Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials' (2003); ‘The  Science  and  Technology  of  Silicones  and  Silicone-Modified  Materials’ (2007) and ‘Advances in Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials’ (2010). The research carried out in his group has led to a number of inventions and he holds five US patents and two Japanese patents. He has been PI or Co-PI of research awards totaling over $4M in the past ten years and his current scientific research interests include materials chemistry, polymer synthesis, silicon-based chemistry, biomaterials, biomineralization, biocatalysis, optoelectronic materials, thin films and surface science.

    • USA
  • Hans Peter Wolf

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber Dow Corning GmbH

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about „Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc“.

    He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for silicone rubber in Europe.

    Since 2008 he is Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber.

    • Germany