John CasolaJohn is a Rheology Technical Specialist for Netzsch Instruments and has been involved with instrumentation to characterize material rheology for the past 41 years. He has a strong background in material science and has helped many companies over the years better understand the products they use, work with, and make. As an instructor, he has been involved in numerous training programs over the years, all focusing on rheology & material characterization. He is a founding and active member of the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers, as well as an active participant to both the US FHWA Binder Expert Task Group and Asphalt Emulsion Task Force, as well as, ASTM D4.44 on asphalt rheology. He was a consultant to the NCHRP 9-10 Project (Report NCHRP 459) on modified asphalt binder characterization and NCHRP 9-39 (Report NCHRP 648) for the determination of asphalt binder mixing & compaction temperatures.
Eric BennettEric is a Rheology Technical Specialist at Netzsch Instruments in Burlington, MA, USA, and has over three decades of experience in a variety of technical, technical sales and support and product management roles in material characterization and physical testing instrumentation. His focus on rheology started with working in the development of additives for polymer processing and continued with helping companies use rheology as a problem-solving tool. Eric has considerable knowledge in the use of rheology in polymers and plastics and has experience with a wide range of analytical technologies. Eric has been a long-time member of the Society of Rheology and the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Philip RolfeCSci CChem MRSC BSc
Adrian HillDr. Adrian Hill is a Product Technical Specialist for Rheometry products at Netzsch Analysis and Testing. Adrian obtained his PhD from the School of Chemistry at the University of Exeter, where his work involved rheological studies on high particle-loaded dispersions. Adrian also has industrial experience from Sun Chemical, where he worked to formulate and evaluate a range of inks and electronically-functional coatings. His extensive involvement with rheology measurements across multiple application sectors has been gained from over fifteen years working as a rheologist, first with Bohlin Instruments, then Malvern Panalytical and now with Netzsch, supporting customers working with both rotational and capillary rheometers. With a strong technical understanding of rheometers, Adrian helps users to get the most out of their instruments by optimizing their rheological measurements. Working with complimentary techniques has enabled Adrian to use his background to focus on the properties of rheological systems – from polymers, suspensions and emulsions through to pastes and gels – and help customers understand how the bulk rheology of their materials can not only be measured but also controlled by the properties of the constituent components.
Dr. Marsh is the Applications and Product Marketing Manager for Rheology at NETZSCH, based in the UK. She has had more than 10 years experience working with rheometry, thermal analysis and other analytical techniques having completed a PhD in Polymer Science investigating the miscibility of biodegradable polymers. Previously, as a technical specialist in rheometry, Shona has been providing international support to customers with her extensive amount of experience in a variety of industries, including the measurements of foods, pharmaceuticals, polymers, inks, paints, coatings, emulsions, asphalt and bitumen. In 2018 Shona was invited to become a council member of the British Society of Rheology.