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22-23 Nov 2022 | Berlin | Germany

EC Conference Bio-based & Water-based Coatings 2022

The two hottest topics of the industry combined in one conference for the first time!

A hand-picked programme with two joint keynotes, 18 presentations by top-notch speakers in two parallel sessions - compiled by the editors of the European Coatings Journal, the people behind the European Coatings Show Conference - will provide not only the latest results from research and development as well as state-of-the-art solutions. The 1.5-day conference also offers extensive networking opportunities to exchange ideas and make contacts with international like-minded people.

Why you should attend:

First joint conference for water-based and bio-based

Choose the speeches based on your interest and learn about the latest development in water-based and bio-based coatings

Unique networking

Meet international coatings experts of the industry and interact with your peers

Stay up to date

Get new insights at first hand

Benefit of a face-to-face event

Be assured that your health and safety is our highest priority


The challenge of developing sustainable coatings is a topic that affects almost everyone in the paint manufacturing industry, suppliers and paint manufacturers likewise. There are two main directions to succeed this subject: The development of bio-based coatings and the further development of water-based coatings. The latter has been growing steadily since the 1970s at the latest. Nevertheless, further developments seem to be needed to achieve adequate performance. And these are in progress, with a focus on binders and additives.
In contrast to these long-established systems are the bio-based coatings, which have only experienced increasing demand in recent years. Due to different regulatory requirements, it is almost impossible to ignore this topic. There are a variety of innovative approaches that always focus on the challenge of achieving satisfactory performance of the resulting coating. 


  22 November 2022 | 15.00 - 22.00 h 
15.00 - 16.00 h  Welcome get-together  
16.00 - 16.30 h
16.30 - 17.00 h
Keynote 1: New sustainable components for paints and coatings
Dr Alexander Wentzel, Sintef Industry, Sweden 
17.00 - 17.30 h
Keynote 2: Bio-based polymers for water-based paints and coatings – An insight into the current state of the art for various applications Markus Dimmers, Alberdingk Boley, Germany
17.30 - 18.00 h Break  
18.00 - 22.00 h


23 November 2022 | 9.00 - 16.30 h
Parallel Sessions

9.00 - 16.30 h
Bio-based Presentations & Discussions:
  Levulinates and levulinate ketals: A new generation of sustainable coalescing agents
Steve Block, NXTLEVVEL Biochem, USA
  Beyond bio-based: Creating possibilities for a sustainable world with methacrylates
Dr Sabine, Kömmelt, Evonik Operations, Germany
  Starch esters as film former in coatings: Challenges and potentials
Christina Gabriel-Liebs, Fraunhofer IAP, Germany
  Moving together to a more sustainable world
Luc Sterckx, Allnex, Netherlands
  Beyond aqueous: Bio-based solvent options for paints and coatings
Anna Zhenova, Green Rose Chemistry, UK
  Sustainable additives by design
Dr Tina Radespiel, Byk, Germany
  Circular coating additives from olive oil by-products: High performance paired with maximum sustainability
Kathrin Schilling, BioPowder, Malta
  Bio-based polyester and acrylic resins for coatings: Challenges and solutions Martin Ocepek, Helios Resins, Slovenija
9.00 - 16.30 h Water-based Presentations & Discussions:
  Formulating of latex paint recipes with the support of extensive raw material case and ladder studies
Artur Palasz, Spektrochem, Poland
  The road to better application properties for water-borne trim paints
Wouter Kloosterman, Allnex, Netherlands
  Smart tailoring of VOC compliant coatings with novel waterborne epoxy building blocks
Dominique Vandenberghe, Waterlake Epoxy, Belgium
  Organofunctional silanes: High performance water-based coatings technology enablers
Dr Dmitry Chernyshov, Momentive, Germany
  High performance wax additives for waterborne wood coatings
Dr Gehan Eltanany, Lubrizol, Germany
  Next level innovation routes for waterborne coatings Andre van Linden, AkzoNobel, Netherlands 
  Binder for Waterbased coatings for metal protection 
Chintan Patel, BASF, Germany
  Challenges in the use of dispersions and mixtures on basis of renewable raw materials
Rolf Simon, Synthopol, Germany
  Highly branched vinyl ester-based emulsions for high performance architectural paints and protective coatings Ludivine Augry, Hexion Research Belgium, Belgium

Sessions run in parallel! You can decide on the site in which topic you would like to participate and switch between the topics depending on your interest.


Ludivine Augry

Research and Development, HEXION Research Belgium SA, Belgium

Ludivine Augry holds a PhD degree in nanomaterial science from INSA Lyon in France. She is R&D Researcher at the Applications Development lab of Hexion Research Belgium and has 10 years of experience in the development of waterborne/solventborne acrylic, vinylic binders for architectural coatings, construction and automotive coatings. Currently, Ludivine Augry is involved in research and in providing technical service support to customers for VersaticTM Acids and derivatives products in Europe.
Dmitry Chernyshov

Dmitry Chernyshov

Application Development Engineer, Silanes, CAS, Momentive, Germany

Dmitry Chernyshov holds PhD in polymer chemistry from Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds where he worked on synthesis and application of inorganic polymers and composites. After finishing his PhD and postdoctoral studies in 2003 he had started his professional career within the coating division of DuPont as a formulation chemist for automotive and refinish paints. In 2011 he joined Momentive Performance Materials as an application development specialist for the business unit silanes. In his current role he is responsible for technical support and development of new applications for silicones and silanes in CAS industries. Dmitry Chernyshov is an author of several academic papers and patent application inventions.
Markus Dimmers

Markus Dimmers

Head of Technical Marketing Coatings, Alberdingk Boley, Germany

Markus Dimmers joined Alberdingk Boley 32 years ago, since more than 20 years he is the head of technical marketing for all polymers at Alberdingk Boley GmbH.
Gehan Eltanany

Dr Gehan Eltanany

Technical Marketing Manager Performance Coatings, Lubrizol, Germany

Dr. Gehan Eltanany works as Technical Marketing Manager EMEAI of Lubrizol. She has over 10 years of technical expertise. She has been active with development leads so that product requirements are understood, and she explores new ways of improving existing services and products. Dr. Gehan Eltanany reveiced her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Humbold-University Berlin.
Christina Gabriel-Liebs

Dr Christina Gabriel-Liebs

Project Manager, Frauenhofer IAP, Germany

Dr. Christina Gabriel-Liebs was born in 1988 in Kassel (Germany). After studying chemistry in Ulm, she completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Potsdam in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP on the topic of "Development of new starch derivatives for use as water-based film formers in paints and coatings" and was awarded her doctorate in 2019. She has since continued this topic as a project manager and leader invarious projects with the aim of developing new applications with starch as a raw material.
Wouter Kloosterman

Wouter Kloosterman

Senior Research Chemist, Allnex, Netherlands

Enthusiastic, result-driven chemist, with Ph.D. in polymer chemistry and ten years of experience as project leader in allnex, the coating company.
Sabine Kömmelt

Dr Sabine Kömmelt, Evonik Operations, Germany

Applied Technology Specialty Methacrylates

Dr. Sabine Kömmelt works as lab manger in the Applied Technology for the Product Line Specialty methacrylates of Evonik. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of (meth)acrylic monomers, their polymerization behavior and their performance in various applications. Dr. Sabine Kömmelt received her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Mainz prior joining Evonik in 2010.

Jonathan Lane

Global Business Development Manager NXTLEVVEL Biochem B.V, The Netherlands

Jonathan began his career in the packaging sector before moving to the Polyurethane Systems division of Dow Chemical. With over 20 years’ experience in the chemical industry, he has led businesses in multiple countries delivering formulated product solutions for a wide range of applications. As Global Business Development Manager at NXTLEVVEL Biochem, Jonathan has made the move from petrochemicals to bio-based chemicals, with responsibility for commercialisation of a new and exciting range of levulinic acid derivatives with extensive uses in the Coatings sector.
Andre van Linden

Andre van Linden

R&D Director Scientific Academic Partnerships, AkzoNobel, Netherlands

Andre van Linden is more than 36 years active in the paint industry. After a career in Research and Marketing he was BU R&D Director in North and East Europe for some years. Already for 10 years he is working from Sassenheim, responsible for several research groups. He is now active in collaborations like ARC CBBC (NL), CB2 (USA) and SuStiCoat (UK). He is active in several (Dutch) strategy boards and chairing the NVVT (Dutch paint technologist association); Dutch Fatipec and the ISO TC/35 for Paints and Coatings standards.

Martin Ocepek

R&D Synthetic resins, Helios Resins, Domzale, Slovenia

Dr. Martin Ocepek is currently a Head of R&D Synthetic Resins in Kansai Helios Group. After a few years of development and launching several innovative and awarded resins on the market, he was appointed as Head of R&D Synthetic Resins in 2019. Today his research group consists of 26 people among which 5 are PhDs. The group conducts research on the acrylate- and polyester-based resins for coatings and composites, process technology development, and technical marketing. Dr. Ocepek is a (co)author of 10+ scientific publications and patents. He is a member of the technology council of the strategic national partnership for the circular economy, and a member of the management committee of COST action FUR4Sustain ''European network of FURan based chemicals and materials for a Sustainable development''.
Artur Palasz

Artur Palasz

R&D Director, Spektrochem, Poland

Chemist and physicist specializing in formulating water-based latex paint formulas in terms of optimizing the efficiency of use and dosing of raw materials in architectural applications. Author of many studies on the application of raw materials, case and ladder studies in relation to latex binders, additives, fillers and pigments. For over 15 years he has been managing the Spektrochem Paint Technical Center in Poland, leading projects for the largest producers of raw materials in the world. He is also a technical writer and associate of coating magazines around the world, and a speaker at international conferences in Europe and the USA.

Dr. Chintankumar J. Patel

Research scientist, BASF SE, Germany

Dr. Chintankumar J. Patel is a coating technologist, studied surface coating technology at Sardar Patel University, India and received his PhD in 2006. More than two decades of his diversified experience includes working in manufacturing of paints, teaching coating technology as assistant professor at Sardar Patel University, research faculty at Eastern Michigan University, USA and development of polymers for automotive and industrial coatings at BASF. His research activities in development of polymers for coatings and coating formulations featured by more than 35 publications, patents and presentations. Currently he is research scientist at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Dr. Tina Radespiel

Head of Biotechnology (R&D) BYK, Germany

Dr. Radespiel is head of the biotechnology department at R&D of BYK and head of the ALTANA platform for Industrial Biotechnology since 2018. She mainly contributed to the establishment of the biotechnology-team and -lab since her start at BYK in 2011 and integrated new biotechnological methods in the development process at BYK. She has a PhD in biochemistry and studied chemical engineering at the University of applied science in Aachen and molecular biotechnology at the University of Bonn.

Katrin Schilling

Founder and Director of

Serial entrepreneur and specialist in waste-to-value business models. After 15 years in solid biofuels manufacturing, she created a new business line of powder additives from renewable sources. This involves innovative functional fillers, texture particles and matting agents for bio-based coating applications. Kathrin has participated in numerous R&D initiatives, e.g. at Fraunhofer IVV, U.S. Department of Agriculture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and University of North Dakota.

Rolf Simon

ATA, Synthopol, Germany

After studying chemistry (paint, varnish and plastics) in Stuttgart, Rolf Simon worked in the research and development department of Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co in Hamburg from 1981 and was responsible for the development of 2- component paints. In 1995 he moved to Synthopol Chemie in Buxtehude to work in the application technology lab. Rolf Simon is responsible for the development of water-based coating systems, in particular based on primary and secondary acrylate and polyurethane dispersions. As the link between development and sales, he has a lot of contact with his customers and enjoys working with them.
Luc Sterckx

Luc Sterckx

Tech Support & BDM Architectural coatings LRA EMEA, Allnex, Netherlands

Luc Sterckx, a veteran in the coatings industry with close to three decades of experience in the field, has been working as Tech Support and Business Development Manager EMEA at allnex since 2008 (then Cytec), gaining invaluable hands-on business and customer relations experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences (BASc) in Clinical Chemistry Engineering.
Alexander Wentzel

Dr Alexander Wentzel

Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Industry, Norway

Dr Alexander Wentzel works as a Senior research scientist in the Research group for Sustainable Biotechnologies and Bioprospecting at SINTEF Industry in Trondheim, Norway. His main scientific interest lies within studying and exploiting microbial biodiversity in nature for the discovery and development of new biocatalysts and compounds with a wide range of applications. Within his focus areas, Alexander Wentzel is regularly leading projects at the Norwegian national and European level. Among others, he currently coordinates Horizon 2020 Green Deal project PYROCO2 and BBI/CBE JU project PERFECOAT.
Anna Zhenova

Anna Zhenova

Founder & CEO, Green Rose Chemistry, UK

Anna Zhenova has worked with numerous clients to replace hazardous solvents in industrial processes using the S4 framework. Her Ph.D. research developed new applications for safe, bio-based solvents, combining both state-of-the-art computational modeling and comprehensive experimental work, and especially focusing on polymers. Anna excels in translating academic expertise to real-world applications, especially where solvents are concerned.

Who should attend

Attendance at this conference is important for experts from R&D, laboratory, marketing, production and general management who are involved in bio-based and/or water-based coatings. Paint manufacturers, raw material suppliers, equipment suppliers, end-users and research institutes as well as universities from all over the world are all potential beneficiaries of the high-level presentations and the unique networking opportunities.


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880€ Livestream  
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