MORRISVILLE, PA – Seeking to further strengthen its R&D and technical service capabilities, Gelest, Inc. announced the appointment of Janis Matisons as Senior Technical Manager, reporting to Jerry Larson, Vice President R&D. The company also announced the promotion of Jonathan Goff to Manager, Silicones R&D, and Yun Mi Kim to Technical Service Manager.

As Senior Technical Manager, Matisons is responsible for the development of innovative material and polymer technologies. He has been involved in applied chemical research for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Gelest, he was appointed the first Australian professorial chair in nanotechnology at Flinders University, where he formed and led the Nanomaterials Group for nine years.

With research interests covering a wide spectrum of disciplines, Matisons has published more than 400 scientific, technical and conference articles. He also has participated in 28 major industry-academic collaborative grants resulting in more than two dozen patents, the formation of three spinoff companies and the launching of 79 products into the marketplace.

As Manager, Silicones R&D, Goff is responsible for leading the efforts of the silicones research and development group at Gelest. He joined the company in 2009 as a Polymer Development Chemist, working to develop new silicone products.

As Technical Service Manager, Kim is responsible for leading Gelest’s Technical Service Group. Specializing in surface modification and silicon chemistry, she joined Gelest as an Application Chemist in September 2006.