Industry Partnering Salon with Saint-Gobain

Larta Institute
Event, Webinar
December 7, 2021

Our Industry Salons are an exclusive opportunity for Larta affiliated companies to interact with a selected group of senior executives from Larta’s industry network. In this edition of the Salon, Saint-Gobain Ceramics Business will present the company’s tech sourcing needs with a focus on the applications of Ceramic Materials; partnering opportunities will also be available along with questions from the audience. This webinar will consist of a 30-minute presentation from the Industry executive, and we will allocate approx. 20-25 minutes for questions from the audience.

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM PT


Mark Hampden-Smith
VP Business and Technology Strategy, Ceramic Materials

Mark received his Ph.D. in Inorganic/Materials Chemistry from Queen Mary College, London in 1984 followed by two post-doctoral positions in catalysis (University of Guelph and Indiana University).  Mark held a faculty position in the Chemistry Department at the University of New Mexico from 1988-1998 focused on Materials Chemistry where he received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award and the Corday-Morgan Medal, was the 10th most-highly cited Materials Scientist worldwide for the period 1990-1994, published ~250 academic papers, and authored/edited several books.  Mark left UNM and co-founded a start-up company, Superior MicroPowders, in electronic and energy materials, which was subsequently purchased by Cabot Corporation in 2003. Mark went on to become Global Technology Director in Cabot Performance Materials, Boston, MA and, in 2016, joined Saint Gobain as VP of R&D for Ceramic Materials and is now VP of Business and Technology Strategy focusing on identifying and developing early stage opportunities in new markets. Mark holds >125 issued US Patents.

The Company


“In Saint Gobain Ceramics we leverage our deep competency in Ceramic Materials to deliver value-creating and differentiated solutions across 6 Global Grand Challenge areas across our 8 Business Units. The Grand Challenges are specifically: Circular Economy; Electrification; Connected Objects and IOT; Reduced Carbon Content Solutions, Human Well-being and Healthcare; Security and Safety. In my “New Horizons” Team we are exploring opportunities for innovation though diversification into new or emerging markets, business models or technologies that are either acquired or based on an extension of our existing core competencies or new technology platforms.  Through this approach, we will deliver on our mission “Together We Engineer a Better, Safer and Greener World” and fulfill Saint Gobain’s vision to “Make the World a Better Home”.”

Larta Institute:

David Berokoff
Director, Energy Practice

Vaishali Paliwal
Associate Director, Energy Practice