Dr. Reinhart Schiffauer
October 6, 2022
In April of 2022 Dr. Reinhart Schiffauer passed away at his home in Crosslanes, WV, after a life
time of doing whatever he wanted to do whenever he wanted to do it. Reinhart received his
BS, MS and PhD in Chemistry from Technical University Vienna, Austria.
In 1970 he began his career working for Shell Chemicals in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and
Houston, TX for 14 years in the Applications Research/Technical Service for Rigid Polyurethane
foam systems and Flexible Polyurethane foams. He was a key contributor in the development of
conventional polyols, formulation development, and antioxidants for scorch. One of his best known
achievements from this stage of his illustrious career was the development of the mathematical
correlation of foam properties and influencing variables (Foam Prediction Program) which is still
used to this day.
From 1984 to 1992 he was employed by Union Carbide first in Switzerland as a Tech Service
Chemist for PU foam catalysts then in S. Charleston, WV, as a Senior Research Chemist in PU
additives. He was responsible for the development of surfactants, catalysts and formulations for
ether slab, ester slab and HR slab technology. Reinhart was the Team leader in the development
of ULTRACEL TM high resilience foam technology.
From 1992 until his formal work retirement in 2008 he was employed by ARCO Chemical, Lyondell
Chemical and Bayer all at the S. Charleston Tech Center as a Senior Principal Scientist in Flexible
PU applications. He carried out technical service and new products introduction for flexible
polyurethane foams in the USA, Mexico and Canada with an advisory role for Asia and Latin
From 2013 to 2022 he was a principal with RS&M Technologies Group sharing his extensive
knowledge and experience with the PU foam industry.
In addition to his extensive list of patents, during his long career he provided lectures/papers at
international urethane conferences. Reinhart was a true “character” in the flexible foam world who
lived life to its fullest and expressed few if any regrets. He will be sorely missed by all his many
friends and the industry.
Courtesy of Glenn DePhillipo