Grow through Change
I talk with passion! About how to deal with un-evitable change, (digital) transformation, and the digital disruption in the way we do chemistry in the near future. Let yourself and your team be inspired.
R&D Project Healthcheck
Test against objective criteria whether your R&D projects are on the right track, and get an independent, external, and honest expert opinion on their overall “health”
Totel Immersion Ideation
This workshop concept is designed for R&D and business teams who want to achieve rapidly massive changes in the quantity and quality of ideas / concepts as well as want to think out of the box of the incremental product improvement
Are you on the right path with you innovation initiatives? Do you adress the best future opportunities? Which risks and challenges are ahead? And how are your people prepared to thrive for R&D excellence?
FORTH Innovation Expedition
FORTH is a proven and effective methodology to structure the fuzzy end of the innovation pipeline: from forming a team, observe&learn, raise ideas, and testing concepts to fully developed business cases
Re-model your innovation strategy. Ignite change. Transform your organization. Engagage your workforce. Set the path to R&D excellence.
The Innovation Designer
I’m a thinker, innovation leader, scientist, teacher, researcher, with 12+ years experience with increasing management responsibility in Chemical and Materials Industry. I started innovation activities and led new product developments through the full cycle from ideation to successful scale-up into manufacturing in and outside of Europe. I worked with and in international (and other wise) highly diverse teams. I learned a lot about which methods and tools work (and which doesn’t) to unleash the true potential for innovation in organizations. I experienced structures promoting innovation as well as structures that retarded them. My mission is to help the Chemical and Materials Industries to focus their innovation strategies and actvities on future growth topics and to make them effective and efficient in order to meet a new standard of performance and profitability: Transform Chemistry Innovation.
12+ yrs experience in Research & Technology Development, 5 patents granted
Human centered, potential focused leadership approach
Embracing change as chance to create a better world
True believer in cultural diversity as innovation motor
Events / Calendar
03.-05.06.2019: 11th World Surfactant Congress
26.09.2019: 2nd European Chemistry Partnering Summer Summit
09.10.2019: Coatings Intensive – Digitalization in the Coatings Industry
To regain the historical power of innovation, corporate R&D must innovate itself. The foundations for this transformation lay within the organizations themselves. Transformation begins when leadership is committed, organizations change, and individuals in R&D feel enabled and encouraged to do what they can do best: challenging the existing system, being curious, and connecting to the customers and their needs.
…and how we do better! Coming from a conference, where the topic “digitalization” in the chemical industry was quite prominent, I’d like to reflect on one mistake, we all do in my opinion, when we discuss the digital transformation in the chemical industry. What I observe is, that too much of the argumentation is focused Read more about The big mistake in “selling” digitalization to the chemical industry[…]
There are seven key elements to R&D excellence in the chemical industry. These elements build on each other and often one element cannot exist without the other. The elements de-focus for a process-driven innovation and focus on the right mix of strategic guidance, market knowledge, and on a culture that enables individual creative freedom for Read more about EBook: The path to excellence in chemistry R&D[…]
Vinyl-acetate ethylene co-polymer emulsions (VAE) are one of the youngest children in the family of emulsion polymers. Initial experiments to introduce ethylene as monomer into the emulsion polymerization were done in 1950s and VAE was made commercial available in the late 1960s1. This new type of co-polymer emulsions took a while to become successful outside Read more about VAE Emulsions – Current Status and Future Innovations[…]
When it comes to developing innovative products, the advantage is with those employees who don’t have to subordinate their thinking and actions to the processes and systems of a large organization. Prerequisite: A management that allows this. Read more about Successful against the tide: this is how innovations in the chemical industry succeed
Emulsion polymerization has the first industrial application in early 20th century and now it has developed to be one of the most versatile polymerization techniques in polymers industry. And Emulsion polymers contribute to the value for the formulator as well as for the end user by many facets. Performing emulsion polymerization at industrial scale means to Read more about Emulsion Polymerization: DO’s and DON’Ts[…]
Inspired by a wonderful and provocative paper from Prof. Whitesides from 2015, I like to lay out in a bit more structured manner my thoughts on the future of chemistry R&D. This is the basic question I try to tackle in this blog: Read more about Thesis on the future of chemistry R&D
My MacBook, bought 2013, starts to slowly but consequently shut down its organs. The problem is that I refused so far the friendly but persistent offers to upgrade to El Capitan operating system. I’m afraid that my picture management program, with 25,000 pictures from all my travels since 2006 Read more about Innovation – often not welcomed but inevitable
The global Chemical Industry changes rapitly. Growth happens mainly in Asia where significant production capacities moved to over the last ten years. Mergers and Aquisitions raise to a new high, with Dow – DuPont and ChemChina – Syngentia deal setting the scene. Read more about The future of Chemistry Innovation
It’s fascinating to see developments in 3-D printing technology. Will this really change the way we produce, how we consume? Or will it just remain a niche, a hobby for tech geeks? Read more about How 3D-printers will disrupt dentist offices
The cationic induced oligomerisation of N-Vinylformamide The topic of the dissertation is the survey of the cationically initiated oligomerization of N-vinylformamide with iodine, bromine, trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, and trifluoromethanesulfonic acid trimethylsilylester as initiators. Quantum chemical calculations on the conformation and the electron density of N-vinylformamide, as well as on its reaction with electrophiles are presented. The Read more about The cationic induced oligomerisation of N-Vinylformamide[…]