Kolene Corporation promoted of Dr. Louis R. Pignotti to vice president of research and development, and to an officer of Kolene Corporation, effective January.
Pignotti joined Kolene in September 2012 as a senior research chemist and progressed through the lab to chief chemist in January 2016, where he had remained until his current role as VP of R&D.
“Kolene was founded in 1939, on the basis of unique chemistries and chemical formulations that have served vital and important industry segments globally for nearly 85 years,” said Roger Shoemaker, Kolene chairman & CEO. “Kolene’s lab and technical capabilities are extremely important to the company’s success. Louis has demonstrated he is well qualified to carry on this tradition for Kolene.”
In 2006, Pignotti earned his B.S. in chemistry with environmental concentration, from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. In 2011, he earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry, also from Michigan Tech.
Prior to joining Kolene, Pignotti was the manager of research and development at Peninsula Copper Industries, where he developed and patented a new chemical process, while carrying out small scale pilot plant testing at PCI.
“During his time at Kolene, Louis has developed into a technical expert, and a uniquely qualified individual in the molten salt, and metal surface technologies industry,” said Kolene president Scott Schilling. “His lab experience and technical expertise has been invaluable to Kolene and is vital to new product development efforts in the future.”
While at Kolene, Pignotti has worked to assist in prospective customer development, quality assurance and quality control projects, lab analysis, various environmental regulatory compliance efforts, and new product development. Pignotti is also a named inventor on the Kolene patent for Oxigen-X®. In the role of vice president of research and development, Pignotti will continue to advance Kolene’s technology by leading efforts to bring new products and processes to Kolene’s present and future customers, along with taking a more active role in company leadership.
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