Professor Dipl. – Chem. Johann Plank is full professor for Construction Chemistry and head of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at Technische Universität München. He studied chemistry in Regensburg, Germany and in 1980 earned a Ph.D. degree there. He then joined SKW Trostberg as a research group leader, construction polymers and founded SKW’s oilfield chemicals business before he became General Manager of SKW Construction Polymers GmbH in 1997. In 2001, he joined Technische Universität München, Germany, as a full professor for Construction Chemistry. His current research interests include cement and admixture chemistry for concrete, gypsum, mortar and oil well cementing. Prof. Plank has published about 400 scientific papers, holds 40 patents in the field of construction admixtures and has received many awards and honorary professorships from universities in Japan, China, Singapore and Thailand.