Dylan Boday, IBM Materials Engineering
The Development and Challenges of Renewable Materials in Durable IT Applications

Dr. Dylan J. Boday is the Advisory Engineer Team Lead for IBM's Materials Engineering Laboratory. In this role, he leads efforts across multiple divisions to advance technological capabilities and enhance product performance.


Dylan's research at IBM focuses on creating inventive pathways toward the development of polymers, composites, surface science, nanoparticles and hybrid materials. He has organized several strategic partnerships to leverage new materials development that align with specific business needs for IBM. He also established and now leads a global team focused on the sustainability of IBM's products and is the co-lead of an upcoming international conference that will focus on the advances and challenges of sustainable materials.


As a member of the American Chemical Society Polymer Board, he provides leadership to the broader polymer science field. His technical contributions have led to more than 30 patent filings in the areas of electrostatic discharge and thermally conductive composites, functional nanomaterials and printed circuit board materials. He also has numerous published articles on composites, self healing materials and anti-corrosion coatings, in addition to serving as a reviewer for several scientific journals. In 2011, he was named an IBM Master Inventor and is a member of the IBM Smarter Planet invention review board.

Dylan holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a doctorate degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Asta Eder, Asta Eder Composites Consulting
Development of WPC Markets Outside of North America

Asta Eder Composite Consulting (AECC) is located in Vienna, Austria. The founder studied forestry in Austria and did her PhD on market opportunities of innovative wood based composites in the German speaking area. She is an expert of innovative wood products (especially wood-plastic composites, modified wood, light-weight boards, and bio panels) and their markets (decking, flooring, furniture, door and window markets etc.).

Asta Eder is also an expert of market research and methods. Commonly used methods by AECC are e.g.: face-to-face and online-interviews, lead user analysis, conjoint analysis, product concept testing and creativity workshops for new product development. AECC cooperates with experienced and accepted experts, well linked in the worldwide networks of the composites.The services are provided in German, English, Finnish and Chinese. This set-up gives AECC optimal position for market related consulting for composite markets with special focus on Europe. AECC has also special market know-how of Chinese composite markets and products.

Michael Carus, nova-Institute
World market data on bio-based plastics - presentation of a comprehensive market study & comments on bio-based plastic policy in US and Europe

Michael Carus has studied physics at the University of Cologne. Following his studies he worked as a scientific staff member for nuclear energy and environment at the University of Tuebingen, as a scientific journalist for different professional magazines (environment and technology), at the KATALYSE-Umweltinstitut in Cologne (environment and resources), for the US company Tektronix GmbH in Cologne (IT system management) as well as for the company Flachglas Solartechnik GmbH in Cologne (solar power plants) until founding the nova-Institut GmbH with other scientists in 1994.

Since its foundation Michael Carus, together with Dirk Schubert, is the managing director of the nova-Institute and is head of the departments "Bio-based Economy".

Today, Michael Carus is considered to be one of the leading experts and market researchers in Europe for agricultural resources, bioenergy and especially for the industrial material use of renewable resources. He is actively involved in building networks in the fields of agricultural and forestry resources, bio-based materials (bio-based plastics, natural fibre reinforced plastics, WPC and other innovative wooden materials) and industrial biotechnology/biorefinery. Mr. Carus is a member (partly in leading functions as managing director or advisor) in many societies, associations and international organisations. Carus is consultant on policy in different countries in Europe, Asia and America.




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