Development of biobased coatings

This project will explore new sustainable building blocks for coatings based on renewable materials.  The use of green building blocks for coatings and paint applications and the development of sustainable chemical transformations towards these materials is a highly desirable goal. Here photo- or redox- mediated chemical synthesis will be used to convert carbohydrates into building blocks that can replace current monomers in coatings formulations. In this project we aim to demonstrate the use of bio-based feedstock, low-waste sustainable transformations using light or electricity, novel monomers and cross-linkers and  ‘step-in solution’  for some current coating formulations.


Ben Feringa

Professor of Organic chemistry and molecular sciences
University of Groningen

André van Linden

Director Coatings technology
AkzoNobel Decorative Paints

George Hermens

PhD candidate
University of Groningen