Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mix it Up: An upcoming Midweek Mixer for Surfactants and Detergents (S&D) professionals!

Join AOCS for an upcoming Midweek Mixer hosted by the S&D Division!

S&D Division leadership, Keith Genco of Arkema, Michael Williams of Evonik and Sanja Natali of Exxon Mobil will host a social gathering for S&D professionals to network and connect! Attendees will also learn more about how AOCS can help you grow professionally beyond technical services and annual meetings with opportunities for collaboration, business development and continuing education.

Come with your favorite drink whether that is an iced latte, a cocktail or a mocktail. Standard bar rules apply: no religion, no politics!

By attending this Mixer, you will be entered to win an iPad*!

This Midweek Mixer will occur on November 17 at 4 p.m. CST (UTC–06/Chicago, USA). Registration is free for all, including those who are not AOCS members!

Get to know your hosts!

Chair, Keith Genco, Arkema Inc., USA
I have been working in hydrogen peroxide research for 19 years, spanning roles in R&D, sales, business development, and applications and development. My areas of research in the S&D Division include research and patents in alkaline stable hydrogen peroxide, cleaning formulations, disinfection and viscosity stable hydrogen peroxide. In personal care, research and formulations for oral and hair care. Other research includes food and fiber bleaching, disinfection for food contact, food processing, aseptic packaging, surfactant and per-acid synthesis, electronic chip production, pulp and paper bleaching and peroxide for fuel cells. I have been a member of AOCS for most of my career and my involvement includes chairing two sessions, organizing and fundraising for the S&D Networking Reception at the Annual Meeting from 2016–2018, and being the current S&D Division Chair.


Vice Chair, Michael Williams, Evonik Corporation, USA
My career in surfactants research spans four companies and one desk. I started as a surfactant synthesis chemist with Tomah Products in 1998 and originally focused solely on the I&I markets. Through growth and acquisitions, I am now part of Evonik. As the companies I worked for became larger, my research has expanded to include Cleaning Solutions, Mining, Corrosions Inhibitors, Fabric & Paper Softeners, Construction Additives, Fuels & Lubes, and Personal Care. I am the site R&D Manager for our Milton, WI Research Facility, which includes overseeing two research groups. In addition to our research roles, my groups are responsible for supporting five production facilities in the Americas. I have been part of AOCS for the majority of my industrial career. After starting as a Session Chair, the opportunity to become the Secretary/ Treasurer presented itself. Three years later, I moved up to role of Vice-Chair for the S&D Division where I am in charge of developing and organizing the technical program for the Surfactants and Detergents Division. 

Secretary-Treasurer, Sanja Natali, ExxonMobil Chemical
Dr. Sanja Natali is a Customer Application Development specialist working at ExxonMobil Chemical Company since 2017. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, she was the Program Manager for Colloid, Interfacial and Rheological Sciences at the Chemistry Center of Excellence at Halliburton where her strategic responsibilities included leading and driving innovation in the area of formulation science. She has also held several scientific roles in Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company.

Originally from Serbia, Sanja got her B.S. degree from the University of Belgrade and earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from NYU studying and developing intelligent nanomaterials. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents and a member of the AOCS Surfactants and Detergents Division Leadership Team.

Register to reserve your spot to network and connect with your hosts and fellow S&D industry professionals on November 17 at 4 p.m. (UTC–06/Chicago, USA). 

*Domestic winners only. If an international winner is selected, an equivalent prize will be awarded.

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