Learn about the instructors for our new Fundamentals of PSA Tape Applications in Industry Verticals course below.
Group Leader of the Pressure Sensitive Adhesives R&D group at Ashland Specialty Ingredients in Dublin, OH. Kilian leads Ashland’s product development efforts for high-performance permanent and removable acrylic PSAs for the tape and label industries. Previously, he was a Research Scientist in Ashland’s Packaging and Converting R&D group, developing solvent-based and waterborne acrylic PSAs. His technical efforts were primarily focused on solution and emulsion acrylic polymerization, coater-ready PSA formulation product development, and PSA test method development. Lars received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph. D. in Organic Polymer Chemistry at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
Andreas Meier is the Director of Research and Development at tesa for North America. He started his career at a tesa 21 years ago in one of the manufacturing plants in Germany in the process development department, where he optimized design and manufacturing processes of pressure sensitive adhesives on solvent and hotmelt coating lines. Before moving to the US Andreas worked for 10 years in various positions at tesa HQ in Hamburg, Germany. He gained 3 years of experience as an international Application Solution Engineer for the BU Automotive and managed the Research and Development department of the BU Automotive for 5 years. Andreas received his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany and worked for 3 years as a Postdoc at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado on photo electrochemical conversion systems.
Industry consultant. Retired from Berry Global in 2019 as Vice President of Innovation. Since joining Berry in 1980, he worked in a series of progressively responsible Research and Development functions with emphasis on PSA Industrial and specialty tape formulations, with greater emphasis in the areas of automotive, Building and Construction and corrosion protection applications in both product and process development role. Additionally, his experience extends into the extrusion and coextrusion of polymers and web coating process technologies. He holds 9 US patents in tape formulation, processes and application methods and had authored 6 technical papers. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Plastics Engineering,