Helge Toufar, PhD was the Head of R&D Center, Louisville Clariant Corporation. He graduated in Technical Chemistry with focus on Heterogeneous Catalysis from the Technical University of Merseburg, Germany, and obtained a Ph.D. for work on isomophous substituted zeolites in 1992. He worked in academic positions at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany, the Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany, and the Center for Surface Science and Catalysis of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Through a cooperation between the University of Halle and the US-based company Tricat Industries and its subsidiaries Zeosorb and Tricat Zeolites, he became involved in process development and plant design for a new zeolite manufacturing plant in Bitterfeld, Germany. He joined the company as Head of Research & Development and oversaw design, construction, and startup of their new facility, which was completed in 2000. In 2003, he assumed additional responsibility for zeolite sales and marketing in Central and Eastern Europe. After acquisition of Tricat Zeolites by Sud-Chemie in 2006, he coordinated the implementation of new products and processes. From 2009-2012, Dr. Toufar oversaw Research & Development activities as well as analytical services for Sud-Chemie’s catalyst business in the Americas. In 2013, Dr. Helge was named Head of R&D Center, Louisville, for Clariant Corporation. He is currently the Site Manager for Clariant's facility in Bitterfeld, Germany.
Technical Advisory Board member 2010 - 2015