3M technology officer to speak at Concordia – InForum

MOORHEAD — The chief technology officer for 3M will be presenting at the 2022 Werth Lectures starting Thursday, Sept. 22, at Concordia College.

John Banovetz will present the “From Post-Its to Optically Clear Adhesives: The Science and Stories Behind 3M Adhesives” at 7 p.m in Barry Auditorium, Grant Center.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, Banovetz will discuss “Polymers, Pitstops and People” in Barry Auditorium.

Banovetz is the chief technology officer and the the executive vice president at 3M, and he leads more than 8,000 scientists who work to solve real-world needs of customers around the world.

He has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hamline University.

The Richard G. Werth Lecture in Chemistry is funded by an endowment established by Werth’s wife, Wilma, and their son, Gerald. Werth also taught at Concordia from 1950 until 1990.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed at



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