AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability with operations in more than 80 countries with totally 50,000 people around the world. AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals (formerly Eka Chemicals) is a business unit within AkzoNobel and supplies pulp bleaching technologies, paper chemicals, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres. AkzoNobel PPC is the world-leading producer and the global market leader in colloidal silica, which has been part of the company product portfolio for a long time (since 1930’s). The main products Eka NP, Bindzil, Kromasil and Levasil have been developed over the last 30 years and are used in more than 120 different industrial applications. The main research laboratories are situated in Bohus, Sweden.


Key Persons

Dr. Michael Persson , Innovation Manager, was appointed adjunct Professor in silica chemistry at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg 2012, where he worked within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has been the industrial supervisor of the thesis research of more than 20 Ms students and 5 PhD students. Dr. Michael Persson is inventor and co-inventor of 18 patent applications and has received twice Patent of the Year Award (an internal company award, 30 kSEK, for patented technologies with substantial commercial value) and 2012 the AkzoNobel Innovation Award. Main focus areas have been ceramics, paper and silica.Among his national and international assignments of importance, he is Member of the NANoREG Industry Consultation Committee (NICC): NanoReg – A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials, EU Framework 7 Program, contract no 310584.