Orbituary

Building materials chemistry pioneer dies

On 13.07.2014 Dr. Alois ­Aignesberger, ­formerly of SKW Trostberg AG, died at the age of 88. His invention of a ­superplasticiser based on melamine resin made him a pioneer in the field of modern concrete admixtures and in the chemistry of building materials. Dr. ­Aignesberger was born in 1926 in Attnang-Puchheim/Austria and studied chemistry at the University of Innsbruck, before he joined the company originally called “Süddeutsche Kalkstick­stoff­werke” in Trostberg/Bavaria as head of the chemical laboratory in 1962. Melamine resins were one of the focal points of his work there. While...

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