Metcomb Nanostructures Management Team
Dr. Dietmar Leitlmeier
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Dietmar Leitlmeier, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Metcomb, is renowned for his expertise in metallurgy and the
use of nanostructures in the development of aluminum foam. Leitlmeier holds five patents and an additional five patents are under
preparation for Metcomb's Integrated Nanostructure Control process, which leverages nanotechnology to create the only uniformly
consistent closed-cell aluminum foam for specialized applications in automotive, military, aerospace and defense industries.
Leitlmeier has published and co-authored more than 20 papers and conference articles. Leitlmeier began the development of the Metcomb
process in 1999 while at the Austrian Research Center in the subsidiary company Light Metals Competence Center Ranshofen (LKR).
In addition, Leitlmeier was a member of the team responsible for developing a new vertical continuous casting technology for magnesium.
Prior to founding Metcomb, Leitlmeier spent two years at Huette Klein-Reichenbach (an aluminum mill) where he pioneered methods to
increase the production rate by more than 25% while reducing the costs for Huette Klein-Reichenbach's products such as deoxidation-aluminum
for the steel industry and master alloys for aluminum producers.
Leitlmeier is a graduate of the University of Leoben, Austria, where he earned a masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He holds a Ph.D
from the Technical University Vienna and a masters in business administration from SMA.
Herbert Flankl MSc.
Chief Marketing Officer
Flankl is co-founder and chief marketing officer of Metcomb and brings more than 20 years experience in the smelting research
industry to the company. Prior to Metcomb, Flankl served for nine years as a key Account Manager and Board Assistant at Huette
Klein-Reichenbach. In addition, for more than 10 years, Flankl was a Metallurgy Supervisor for Russia, Libya, Angola and Sweden at
Voest-Alpine Steel Group. Flankl has also assisted in the development of five Metcomb patents and has been a frequent lecturer on
the topic of quality and resource management for more than eight years at the Danube University.
Flankl holds two master degrees (MSc. and MAS) in environmental management.
Chairman of the
Mr. Dobesberger brings deep business expertise to Metcomb and currently holds positions in several leading Austrian companies.
As an early investor in Metcomb, Mr. Dobesberger has provided the financing for the company's research and development process
to date. Since 1989, Dobesberger has served as the CEO for Huette Klein-Reichenbach (an aluminium mill). During this time, he
drove the successful turnaround of the business, which today has 30 employees and annual sales of EUR 22 M. Huette
Klein-Reichenbach is a highly profitable and a well established supplier to steel mills in the European Union.
The founding members of Metcomb Nanostructures' Strategic Advisory Board include:
In addition Dobesberger also started the domestic port Ennshafen as a greenfield operation in 1998, and today this handling and
storage facility is a well established, and highly profitable operation with an annual handling volume of approximately 350
thousand tons per year.
Dr. Wasiq Bokhari
Bokhari is a co-founder and managing partner of Quantum Insight. He works with Fortune 500 companies on the adoption and commercialization
of materials and nanotechnology with applications in energy, IT and medicine. Wasiq also works with entrepreneurs and early-stage startups
in technology commercialization.
Before founding Quantum Insight, he was part of the founding team and Senior Vice President of Products of Clickmarks, an enterprise
infrastructure software company, subsequently acquired by Semotus Solutions. Wasiq received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he worked in the group headed by Nobel laureate Jerome Friedman. He was part of the team that discovered a
fundamental particle called the top quark at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 1995, one of the most prominent physics results
of the decade. He is an author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and is cited as an inventor on 8 US patents, granted
He has co-authored a widely recognized report on the potential of nanotechnology for the California Commission for Science and Technology
(CCST). He is also the co-founder and Steering Committee Chair of the MIT Stanford UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum. Wasiq currently works
with PCAST (Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) on issues related to energy. PCAST is the highest civilian body that
advises the US President on issues in science and technology.
Prof. Dr. John Banhart
Banhart is a professor at the Technical University of Berlin and head of the Department of Materials Science at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute
Berlin. He has 18 years of research experience in computational physics and materials science. In addition, Banhart has 13 years of
experience in industrial contract research and acquisition of grants. Banhart has published 160 papers on computational and experimental
physics and materials science in renown scientific journals.
Banhart has dedicated a large part of his research career to the development of aluminium foams. Beginning in 1991 at the Fraunhofer-Institute
in Bremen, he was one of the pioneers in this field. He developed novel foaming processes, described foam properties and studied the phenomena
governing metal foam stability. He has also initiated a series of international conferences which are the primary forum for the metal foam
Dr. Ing. Jorg Wellnitz
Dr. Ing. Jorg Wellnitz is the vice dean of the faculty of engineering and professor of light-weight design at the University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt, Germany. He brings deep expertise in cellular metals to Metcomb's Advisory board and received the Bavarian Innovation Award: Cellular Metals in 2002. In his current position Wellnitz has been involved in several major automotive industry projects and developments, including leading projects for new light-weight design concepts for next generation automobiles as well as working with Metcomb during its development phase. In addition, Wellnitz helped develop the smallest model car with an internal combustion engine, which is listed in the Guinness World Records and was a recent Hydrogen Award Winner at the 2006 Hannover Fair.
Prior to his position at the University of Applied Sciences, Wellnitz served in several positions at Rolls Royce GmbH, including as chief of the Core Competence Center for Composite Materials. Prior to Rolls Royce, he was CEO of the Engineering Bureau for Structure Mechanics and Strength Evaluation, where he worked with NASA and NASA JPL on projects such as light weight extreme design, special materials and dynamics. He has also served as an officer in the German Air Force.
Wellnitz holds a degree in aviation and space technology and a Ph.D. in thermo-stable composites from the University of Federal Armed Forces, Munich.