3M materials and technologies for green buildings
Tim J. Hebrink
3M Corporate Research Process Lab
Tim Hebrink, Staff Scientist in 3M Corporate Research Lab, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Chemical Engineering, and has 29 years of polymer product development experience at 3M. His expertise, and innovations, in polymer properties and polymer processing has earned him 39 issued patents and 58 pending patent applications covering novel optical polymers, optical film designs, polymer films with improved properties, and novel applications of polymer films. Polymer films produced by his inventions have enabled significant 3M polymeric film sales resulting in 6 Golden Step Awards for individual products achieving sales greater than $15million/year. While at 3M Company, Tim has also been recognized with 6 Circle of Technical Excellence awards. He has held several positions ranging from polymer synthesis and polymer processing to environmental engineering and polymer film application development. His passion for clean energy technologies can also be seen at his home where he has been generating electricity with photovoltaics and a small wind turbine, heating domestic water with solar thermal panels, and fueling a commuter car with recycled cooking oil for 12 years.