About our Speakers

Nivin Alktash

Institute of High-Frequency and Semiconductor System Technologies, TU Berlin, Germany

Ms Nivin Alktash is a PhD candidate at the Technical University Berlin, specialising in developing metals and metal oxide thin films using advanced sputtering techniques. The research focuses on the development of transparent metal oxides deposited using hollow cathode gas flow sputtering technique and their electrical and optical properties for application in solar cells. She completed a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan.

Yasin Bayram

SISECAM Science Technology and Design Center, Turkey

Yasin Bayram was born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, in 1996. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Eskisehir Technical University, in 2020 and 2023. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Photoncis Science and Engineering at Gazi University. From 2020 to 2022, he was a Graduate Researcher with the Thin Film Laboratory in Eskisehir Technical University. He is currently a Researcher of the Sisecam, Science, Technology and Design Center, Kocaeli, Turkey. His research interest includes the fundamental study of light-matter interaction, development of thin film filters in wide range of electromagnetic spectrum, and fabrication of micro or nanostructured surfaces.

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach

Pforzheim University, Germany

Karlheinz Blankenbach, has three decades of experience in displays. From 1988 until 1995 he was with AEG-MIS (a DAIMLER subsidiary) in Germany, developing display electronics, e-signage LCDs, and software. In 1995 he was appointed to full professor at Pforzheim University, Germany, where he founded the university’s Display Lab. His main R&D activities are (automotive) display topics such as optical measurements, display systems, evaluations, HMI, and LEDs, as well as display hardware and software. Blankenbach is a member of the Society for Information Display’s program subcommittee, Automotive/Vehicular Displays and HMI Technologies, and a member of SID’s International Committee for Display Metrology. He has served as a member of the board of the Displayforum (DFF) since 2000; after nine years as chairman he was appointed to honorary chairman in 2020.

Philipp Dürrenfeld

Advanced Energy Industries, Germany

Philipp Dürrenfeld is a research scientist at Advanced Energy. After years of work in the academia on the field of thin film spintronics, he joined Advanced Energy in 2020. The company operates its Customer Solutions Lab in Karlstein am Main, near Frankfurt, where he is part of the team to perform coating processes and material characterizations with the focus on the impact of power supply technologies on the thin film properties.

Dr. John Fahlteich

KET Market, Germany

Dr. John Fahlteich, born 1981, graduated from the University of Leipzig with a diploma in physics in 2005. In 2010, he earned a PhD at the Technical University of Chemnitz with a thesis about thin film coating of permeation barriers. John has now 18 years of experience in Thin-Film and Nanotechnology, in particular Roll-to-Roll Coating on Plastic Web. Until September 2022, John was leading a Research Group on Roll-to-Roll coating at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden, Germany.
In 2022, he started his own business – KETMarket – with the aim to create a Digital Open Innovation Marketplace and Single Entry Point to the European Open Innovation Ecosystems. Being a key partner in multiple Open Innovation Test Beds, John is well known both in research and in industrial communities shaping the European Open Innovation Ecosystem as Instrument to support SME and industry in realizing their new product and technology development faster.

Dr. René Feder

Fraunhofer IMWS, Germany

Studied Physics in Leipzig
PhD in Physics at Leibniz IOM Leipzig on Ion Beam Sputter Deposition
DFG postdoc scholarship in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
With Fraunhofer IMWS since 2017

Dr. Dieter Holzinger

Tiger Coatings GmbH & Co. KG, Austria

Dr. Dieter Holzinger, with a strong academic background in polymeric Chemistry from the Technical University of Vienna, brings extensive industrial expertise in inkjet ink development to Tiger Coatings, where he serves as the Director of Research and Development. Over nearly two decades, he has led his team in pioneering advancements in ink formulation, printing process optimization, and materials science, resulting in significant milestones in ink performance and sustainability. Dr. Holzinger’s keynote at ICCG 2024 promises insights into the latest trends in UV-curing inkjet inks for outdoor applications, drawing on his wealth of experience and expertise. His seamless integration of academic insights with practical application has solidified Tiger Coatings‘ position as a leader in high-quality inkjet inks for industrial use.

Anja Kalesse

Von Ardenne GmbH, Germany

Anja Kalesse gained experience in industry in Germany and abroad both during and after studying business administration – initially for several years as a software product manager in the medical technology market.
She has been working in the machine building industry at Von Ardenne for 10 years, initially in business development and corporate strategy. At Von Ardenne, among other things, she led the development of the digitalization strategy in 2019 and has been implementing it since then as product manager of the new software portfolio.
Wiebke Langgemach

Wiebke Langgemach

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Dresden, Germany

Wiebke Langgemach is coordinating the ultrathin glass business field at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) within the department of plasma coating/sheet-to-sheet technologies. Since 2018, her research focuses on coating and properties of ultra-thin glass with a special focus on its mechanical characterization. Before that, she studied Ceramics, Glass and Building Materials at the TU Bergakademie in Freiberg.

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Lucas

Innovative Coating Solutions & University of Namur, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Lucas is a physicist with knowledge in materials science, nuclear medicine and radiobiology. He is the Chief Research Officer of Ion Beam Applications (IBA, Be), and a Professor at the University of Namur, Belgium. He founded the companies IBA-Radioisotopes (2001), Innovative Coating Solutions (ICS, 2018) and Anaptysso (2022). He published more than 200 articles in life sciences (protontherapy and nanotoxicology), materials science (plasma surface treatments), the environment (elimination of persistent pollutants by physical methods) and technologies related to low-pressure plasma and particle accelerators.

Dr. Chanel Linnane

Impedans Ltd, Ireland

Dr. Chanel (Hayden) Linnane is an accomplished professional with a background in Applied Physics and Engineering. She earned her PhD in Plasma Physics from Dublin City University in 2009 and a Higher Diploma in International Selling from Technical University Dublin in 2018. Over the last 16 years her experience spans various sectors including Semiconductor, Research, Academia, and Industry. She has applied her technical expertise in roles ranging from commercialising Photo Acoustics at DCU to Dry Etch Process Engineering at Intel. Since joining Impedans in 2013, she has helped grow the brand through roles in Sales, Marketing and Customer Success. Passionate about business and customer engagement, she continues to emphasize the importance of understanding plasmas globally. Dr. Linnane is dedicated to advancing Plasma Processing through RF measurement and plasma diagnostics.

Dr. Georg Ockenfuss

VIAVI Solutions -OSP, Canada

Dr. Georg Ockenfuss is an accomplished inventor. He is inventor or co-inventor of over 60 US patents, mainly in the field of photonic sensing. He is currently Director of R&D at VIAVI Solutions, in charge of advanced prototyping. Dr. Ockenfuss has been with VIAVI Solutions since 1998, starting at OCLI (Optical Coating Laboratories). OCLI was acquired by JDS Uniphase in 2000 and renamed Viavi in 2015. During his tenure at VIAVI Solutions, Dr. Ockenfuss has been involved in the development of coating equipment, processes, and unique solutions for customer requirements in the optical coating market. Previously, Dr. Ockenfuss was at the Research Center Jülich where he received his PhD in the field of reactive sputtering of thin film high temperature superconductors. He earned his Master (Diplom) in Physics at the Technical University Munich and is a member of OSA, SVC and ICCG.

Robert Metzner

scia Systems, Germany

Robert studied physics at the University of Magdeburg, specializing in semiconductor physics, particularly III-V semiconductors, and graduated in 2012. He then continued his studies in Engineering Physics in Oldenburg. Since 2016, he has been working at scia Systems in research and development, focusing on ion beam milling. He also holds the role of Product Manager for the scia Mill 200 systems.

Burak Okan

Şişecam, Turkey

Burak Okan hold B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Nanoengineering from Sabanci University (with a minor in Physics), Turkey, a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, USA. He is a senior research scientist at Sisecam’s corporate R&D department, Turkey specializing in atmospheric large area CVD technologies, thin film optical design and industrial laser processing.

Prof. Dr. Edda Rädlein

Technical University Illmenau, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Edda Rädlein is head of the group for Inorganic-Nonmetallic Materials (ANW) at TU Ilmenau since 2017. She is giving courses for bachelor and master students in material science, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. Current research topics of the ANW group are phase separating glasses, microstructured glasses, and glass surfaces. Glass surface analysis and experiments are focused on cleaning, degradation and coating. Diffusion and radiation defects are under investigation, coatings with protective, photocatalytic and transparent-conductive properties are developed. Current projects focus on the surface reactions in microstructuring via photolithography, wet chemical and plasma etching. Production processes are scrutinized regarding sustainability and recycling. Former affiliations: University of Bayreuth, scientific coordinator of WOPAG (materials and surface processed glass products made of glass). TU Clausthal, habilitation on scanning probe microscopy as a tool for the characterization of glassy materials and films and PhD on simulation of interaction of space radiation with glasses and glass ceramics. FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, diploma in physics, thesis on atmospheric binary stars.

Michael Robinson

Robinson Design, Italy

Michael Robinson is an American designer/futurologist who has lived in Turin for 44 years, always pushing global mobility towards the impossible, towards the unknown, towards the future. For the past 28 years he has held Design Director positions at the Lancia Design Center, the Fiat Design Center, Bertone, and ED Design. In 2013 he was inducted into the Car Design Hall of Fame at MAUTO, the Italian National Automobile Museum. The English magazine Magneto recently positioned Robinson in 31st place in the list of the 50 best car designers of all time. His multifaceted experience has generated many provocative cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, yachts, eVTOLs, high-speed trains, business jets, etc. Today Michael is the Design Director of Blue in Torino.

Thomas Schmidt

Günter Köhler Institute for Joining Technology and Materials Testing (ifw Jena), Germany

Thomas Schmidt has been closely linked to glass as a material his entire professional life. After graduating from high school, he completed training as a physics laboratory technician at a quartz glass manufacturer and processor. After studying physical engineering at the Jena University of Applied Sciences, he found his way into laser material processing at the ifw in Jena. In his almost 20 years at the institute, he has carried out numerous research projects and services on a wide variety of laser applications, in which glass is one of the main focuses.

He lives with his family in the countryside near Jena. In his free time he works as a hobby farmer and is the head of the community’s volunteer fire department. As a cyclist, he is also involved in a sports club.

Dr. Kerstin Täschner

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP), Germany

Dr. Kerstin Täschner, based at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) in Dresden, Germany, is a distinguished scientist and the current group leader of the sheet-to-sheet Sputtering & PECVD research group in the department of plasma technology. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Dr. Täschner specializes in reactive pulse-magnetron sputtering processes.
She earned her PhD in 2006 from Fraunhofer IOF Jena and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, focusing on plasma ion-assisted vacuum evaporation processes for optical coatings on polycarbonate. Prior to this, she studied Optometry and Precision Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Jena.
Dr. Täschner’s primary research interests lie in multifunctional optical coatings, optical multilayer design, plasma coating processes, flexible thin glass, and optical metrology. Her work contributes significantly to advancements in optical technology and materials science.

Dr. Peter van Nijnatten

OMT Solutions BV, The Netherlands

Since 2008, Dr. Peter van Nijnatten is the owner and currently director of research of OMT Solutions. In his current and previous occupation he has been responsible for the technical and scientific content of over 500 projects in the past 35 years on optical characterisation of materials, resulting in 7 patents and over 80 publications as author and co-author on optical measurements and testing of coatings, glass products and solar energy materials. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the ICG Technical Expert Committee TC10 on Optical Properties of Glass and glazing materials.

Dr. Karsten Walzer

Heliatek, Germany

Dr. Karsten Walzer, a physicist since 1995 with a PhD earned in 2000, boasts over three decades of expertise in organic electronics. His journey began at TU Chemnitz, Germany, culminating in a PhD focused on surface physics of molecular adsorbates. Following this, he served as an Assistant Research Professor at Mikroelektronik Centret, DTU Copenhagen, Denmark, delving into scanning probe spectroscopy of molecular nanosystems. From 2003 to 2008, he led the OLED group at TU Dresden’s IAPP under Prof. Leo, before joining Heliatek GmbH, Germany, in 2008. Here, as Head of Organic Semiconductors, he orchestrates the entire spectrum of organic semiconductor development for Organic Solar Cells, from molecular design to mass production readiness. Dr. Walzer’s contributions extend to over 90 patents and 80 peer-reviewed publications in esteemed journals like Nature and Advanced Materials.

Dr. Marja Vilkman

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland

Dr. Marja Vilkman is a Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She has a MSc degree in chemical engineering and DSc degree in physics, both from Aalto University. Marja has worked with functional materials and their processing for more than 20 years. She develops materials and processing methods for sustainable next generation batteries, such as solid-state batteries and batteries that use more abundant or even bio-based materials. Marja is a coordinator of two European projects, HIDDEN and SOLiD, which aim at producing Li-metal batteries with long lifetime and high energy density. She is also the research chair of the Batteries Europe/BEPA Working Group of Raw Materials and Recycling.

Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Vlček

University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Jaroslav Vlček is Professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Czech Republic) since 1997. He received his doctorate in Plasma Physics from the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1986. His research activities are focused on processes in electrical discharges (plasma diagnostics and modelling), plasma-surface interactions, novel plasma sources for film deposition (e.g., reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering) and magnetron sputter deposition of novel thin-film materials (hard and thermally stable protective coatings, functional oxide and oxynitride films). He is author or co-author of more than 140 refereed journal papers with more than 4500 citations in the WoS database, his H-index is 37. He is a representative of the Czech Republic in the Advanced Surface Engineering Division of IUVSTA.

Dr. Stephan Ulrich

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth von Hauff

Fraunhofer FEP, Germany

Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron beam and Plasma Technologies (FEP)/Professor for Coating Technologies for Electronics TU Dresden,

Thomas Bretz

Intrinex, Germany

After receiving his degree in electrical engineering, Thomas Bretz worked 16 years in the HW and firmware development at IBM. In 2009, he left IBM to work on customer projects for a service contractor. In 2013, he founded Intrinex, a small company dedicated to develop demanding HW and SW solutions for critical applications, i.e. explosion safety. After many years of experience, Thomas is still eager to tackle any challenging development task.

Dr. Carsten Bundesmann

Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Germany

Dr. Carsten Bundesmann, a renowned physicist, specializes in surface engineering, particularly optical thin films. With dual degrees in physics and mathematics for teaching, he earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from Leipzig University. His dissertation on „Phonons and plasmons in ZnO-based alloy and doped ZnO thin films“ significantly advanced thin film optical properties understanding. Joining the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM) in 2006 as a Senior Scientist, he became a leading authority. His expertise includes ex-situ and in-situ optical thin film characterization and growth techniques like ion beam sputter deposition (IBSD). He also specializes in in-situ characterization of ion beam sources and electric propulsion thrusters, contributing to surface engineering technology advancement. Dr. Bundesmann’s research profoundly impacts optical thin films and inspires colleagues and aspiring scientists globally with his dedication to scientific excellence.

Dr. Christof Erban

Sunovation, Germany

Christof Erban works now for 32 years in the field of Building integrated photovoltaics and became with the experience of well over 2000 projects 2011 chair of the European standardization group for BIPV. Starting off in the glass industry – such as Flachglas Solar, Pilkington Solar International and Saint Gobain Glass Solar – he later worked for Meyer Burger, Frauhofer ISE and is currently head of R&D at SUNOVATION.

Holger Gerdes

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany

Physicist Holger Gerdes graduated from Technical University, Braunschweig in 2004. He specializes in microtechnology, focusing on magnetic sensors and actuators fabrication. Since 2008, he’s been a staff scientist at Fraunhofer Institute, Braunschweig, working on thin film strain gauges and vacuum plasma processes. From 2015 to 2021, he explored highly ionized plasma technologies like HIPIMS and microwave-PECVD. Currently, as a project leader, he emphasizes reactive sputtering processes, including reactive HIPIMS, and drives digital transformation in vacuum deposition.

Dr. Steffen Günther

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Germany

Steffen Günther earned his PhD in 2007 from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. He works at Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. Initially focused on rf-driven glow discharge plasmas for polymer treatment, he later explored plasma-assisted evaporation for food packaging and electronics. Around 2010, he delved into sputtering technologies with PECVD for high barrier, electronic, and optical applications. Since 2015, he leads the roll-to-roll wet coating and electron beam curing group. His team tackles diverse challenges like polymer modification for monomaterial packaging, large-area flexible product sterilization, and substrate coating. Steffen holds over 60 patents in coating technologies.

Jonas Golde

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Germany

Ausgust 2023 – today: Group Manager Optical Inspection Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS.
January 2020 – June 2023: Biomedical Optics Researcher at Technical University Dresden.
2016 Master of Science in physics at Technical University Dresden.

Dr. Michael Hoffmann

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Germany

Michael Hoffmann obtained his PhD in physics in 2000 at Technische Universität Dresden. After several postdoctoral stays he joined Fraunhofer society in 2006. There, he worked as project manager in the fields of organic LED development, thin film characterization and biodegradable thin film devices. Since 2022, he works as senior scientist in the group „R2R Sputtering and PECVD” at Fraunhofer FEP in Dresden.

Fangfang Huo

Institute of High-Frequency and Semiconductor System Technologies, TU Berlin, Germany

Fangfang Huo received the M.S. degree in Material Processing Engineering from Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China, in 2017. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in epitaxial growth and thin film deposition process by reactive hollow cathode gas flow sputtering (GFS) technology with Thin Film Device (TFD) group, institute of High-Frequency and Semiconductor-System Technologies of Technical University Berlin University, Berlin, Germany. Her research interests include coating technology, epitaxial growth process and thin film characterization.

Shoji Kaneko

SPD Laboratory, Japan

Dr. Shoji Kaneko is a distinguished figure in the field of science and technology, based in Japan. In 1985, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, marking the beginning of his illustrious career. After serving as a Professor at Shizuoka University until his retirement in 2004, Dr. Kaneko embarked on a new journey by establishing the SPD Laboratory, where he currently serves as Director. Throughout his career, Dr. Kaneko has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and fostering innovation. His leadership at the SPD Laboratory continues to drive groundbreaking research and development, solidifying his legacy as a pioneering force in Japanese academia and industry.

Niall Killilea

Amperial Technologies GmbH, Germany

Niall Killilea is the CTO at AMPERIAL Technologies, leading the development of retrofit electrochromic devices for use in improving existing window facades. Graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Chemistry, Niall went on to specialise in colloidal nanocrystal technology with a PhD focusing on quantum dot technologies for applications in short wave infrared photodetection and emission. His work then expanded towards electrochromic technologies, applying the learnings in surface chemistry and ink formulation to ceramic nanocrystals with the goal of creating a roll-to-roll electrochromic device on flexible, clear substrates.

Dr. Martin Letz

SCHOTT AG, Germany

Martin Letz works with SCHOTT, a special glass company, as a senior principal scientist in the central R&D. He joined SCHOTT in 2001 and was involved in several projects regarding materials for semiconductor structuring. Since several years he focusses on glasses and glass ceramics for electronic applications and their properties. One focus is on materials for antenna and filter structures for wireless data transfer. A second focus is on miniaturization of high frequency electronics. Prior to that he received his PhD in solid state physics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and had several positions in research institutions and Universities (Tartu University (Estonia), Max-Plack Institut (Stuttgart, Germany), Queens University (Kingston, Canada), University of Mainz (Germany)) working on different aspects of strong correlations in condensed matter.

Dr. Daniel Mann

TNO | Brightlands Materials Center, The Netherlands

Daniel Mann holds a PhD in chemistry from RWTH Aachen, Germany. He works since 5 years as senior scientist at TNO and Brightlands Materials Center in the Netherlands. Here he develops new optical materials for sustainable buildings. Focusing on nanometer-sized pigments, coatings and nanocomposite polymer films adding advanced functionality to energy-efficient windows and building integrated photovoltaics.

Dr. Paul C. Mogensen

Saint-Gobain Glass, France

Paul Mogensen obtained a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Wales Cardiff in 1996. After completing a postdoc in applied optics at Risoe National lab in Denmark, Paul Joined Saint-Gobain in 2001 and has since worked for Saint-Gobain in a wide range of roles in R+D, process development and operations. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in thin film PVD coating of Glass with Saint-Gobain with experience in photovoltaics, electrochromic coatings and large area glass coating. This has included 6 years in R+D developing coatings for PV and smart glazing applications, 6 years working on Process and equipment development for thin Film PV at Avancis in Germany and 6 years in operations management of electrochromic film production at Sageglass in the US. He is currently the Deputy Director for Transformation Process R+D at Saint-Gobain Glass France.

Dr Dermot Monaghan

Gencoa Ltd, United Kingdom

Dr. D.P. Monaghan, the Managing Director of Gencoa Ltd in Liverpool, UK, has been immersed in vacuum technology for over three decades. He completed his Engineering Metallurgy degree at the University of Salford in 1988 and earned his PhD there from 1989 to 1992, focusing on unbalanced magnetron sputtering for novel PVD films. After working as a technical manager at Teer Coatings Ltd (TCL), he founded Gencoa Ltd in 1994. Gencoa, an independent company with 40 employees, manufactures sputter cathodes, plasma sources, and related vacuum hardware. Dr. Monaghan has authored over 50 scientific papers, delivered 300+ presentations at global conferences, and holds several international patents for plasma control in sputtering and vacuum processes. His achievements include receiving the John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award in 2023 and the C.R. Burch Prize in 1993. He also served as the Past Chairman of the UK Institute of Physics, Thin Film and Surfaces group, and as the UK representative for Thin Film Technology at the International Union for Vacuum Science and Technology (IUVSTA).

Dr. Hidefumi Odaka

AGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., Singapore

Since 2024, I have been leading the Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Team in the Technology General Division at AGC. Prior to this, I spent a year as a Visiting Researcher at the National University of Singapore from 2022 to 2023. Simultaneously, I held the position of Executive Director at AGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd from 2020 to 2023. My career in academia included a tenure as an Appointed Professor at Nagoya University from 2015 to 2020. Earlier in my career, I led the Dry Coating Function Group in the Central Research Centre of AGC from 2010 to 2015. During the same period, from 2010 to 2014, I also led the CIGS Solar Cell Project at AGC. This diverse set of experiences has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of both the academic and industrial aspects of technology.

Michael Saeger

X-Rite Pantone, Switzerland

With more than 25 years of experience in color management, Michael Saeger is General Manager Online Color Solutions at X-Rite Pantone since 2012.

Prof. Dr. Şener Oktik

Şişecam, Turkey

Şener Oktik, a professor at Maltepe University in Turkey, holds a PhD from Durham University (UK) since 1982. His diverse career spans academia and industrial research, including roles at BR Research Centres (UK) and Sisecam Research Development and Design Centre (Turkey). His focus lies in inorganic/organic material growth processes and their characterization, with an emphasis on developing novel materials for energy efficiency and harvesting. His work encompasses emerging semiconductor materials for photovoltaic applications and coatings for industrial glass. Oktik’s expertise is recognized internationally through memberships in prestigious organizations such as the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC). He also serves on advisory and scientific committees for conferences and societies like the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU-PVSEC) and the European Physical Society (EPS) on behalf of the Turkish Physical Society.


Dr. César Omar Ramírez Quiroz

FOM Technologies, Denmark

Cesar is a Senior R&D Scientist specializing in renewable energy technologies. He holds a Doctorate in Engineering from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. With over five years of experience, he led innovative projects at FOM Technologies, pioneering and patenting disruptive slot-die coating innovations for mass-production protocols in silicon-based tandem solar cells and other semiconductors. He is currently the partner lead scientist on two prominent EU HORIZON projects accelerating Europe’s clean energy transition.

Harmen Rooms

Coatema Coating Machinery, Germany

Harmen Rooms studied Applied Physics at the Fontys University in Eindhoven and received his Bachelor degree in 2003. He worked at Philips N.V. in the field of electro-optical characterization of OLED devices and at OTB as measurement and analysis engineer. At TNO and Holst Centre he continued his work on OLED, OPV and CIGS solar technology and expanded his field in optical simulations. During his time at TNO/Holst Centre, he participated in several funded projects such as CPV4All (Pilot production of concentrated PV modules) and co-initiated European Multiscale Modelling Platform (MMP) project and Clean4Yield (in-line measurement and yield control in Roll-to-Roll applications).
In 2018 he joined Coatema as Manager R&D Projects where he leads the team for coordination and execution of funded projects.

Dr. Lars Rebohle

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf: Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Material Research, Semiconductor Materials / Helmholtz Innovation blitzlab, Dresden, Germany

Lars Rebohle is coordinating the Helmholtz Innovation blitzlab that deals with the dissemination and the technology transfer of short-time thermal treatment methods, namely flash lamp annealing. He studied and graduated in Physics at the TU Dresden and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. In addition to flash lamp annealing, his research is focused on the doping of semiconductors and the crystallization and phase formation in thin film materials.

Dr. Matthias Schiller

FLABEG Automotive Germany GmbH, Germany

Dr. Matthias Schiller is the CTO and Director of Product and Process Development at FLABEG Automotive Germany GmbH. With a tenure spanning two decades, he has navigated various roles within FLABEG, primarily focusing on research and development. Prior to joining FLABEG, Schiller excelled at Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH, culminating in his role as Manager of Process Engineering from 1997 to 2004. He holds a Doctorate in Physics and an Intermediate Diploma in Business Administration. Schiller’s expertise is further underscored by his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt, highlighting his commitment to operational excellence. His leadership and innovative vision continue to drive FLABEG’s advancements, solidifying its position as a leader in automotive technology.

Julian Schwietering

Fraunhofer IZM, Germany

Julian Schwietering received his M.Sc degree in technical physics from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. Since then, he has been employed at the Fraunhofer-IZM as a researcher in the area of EOCBs (electrical optical circuit boards) at Fraunhofer-IZM in the field of electrical optical circuit boards made of glass. He currently leads a team that focuses on the ion-exchange process to integrate optical waveguides and other optical structures into glass.

Alexander Sobolev

Guardian Industries Science and Technology Center (STC), USA

Alex Sobolev is the Channel Marketing & Insights Manager for Guardian Glass North America. He was one of the founding members of Guardian Glass’ Bird Friendly program and is an expert in avian collision research and prevention. His research in this space has developed new ways to characterize product performance, under a variety of lighting conditions, without requiring animal testing.

Dr. Michael Trubetskov

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics / OTF Studio, Germany

Dr. Michael Trubetskov graduated from Physics Faculty of Moscow State University in 1982. He obtained a Ph.D. Degree in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics in 1985 and a Dr. of Sc. Degree in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics from Moscow State University in 2002 with the title „Inverse synthesis and characterization problems in optics of multilayer coatings.“ Since 2012 he works as a senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching b. Munich. Dr. Trubetskov specializes in thin film optics, coating design and characterization problems, optics, electrodynamics, applied mathematics, laser science in bio-medical applications, computational mathematics and physics, machine learning and data science, computer science, software development, and parallel computations. Dr. Trubetskov has more than 280 publications and his h-index value is 36 according to Scopus.

Jorma Vitkala

Jorma Vitkala, GII- Vitkala Association, Finland

Jorma Vitkala is an influencer with over 20 000 glass professionals on LinkedIn, which is one of the largest networks in the glass industry. He is the founder and former chairman of Glass Performance Days and founder of the Glass Innovation Institute (GII) and the Old Fox Club. He has worked in over 50 countries and has over 40 years of industrial experience in the glass industry. He has also worked for Glaston and founded his own company in 2020. Vitkala Association Ltd can assist companies throughout the glass industry.