RD&I Director, Performance Additives, Functional Chemicals
My name is Annika Karlsson. I´m 42 years and have two children. I was attracted to AkzoNobel by its track record of scientific excellence and commitment to innovative research and delivering sustainable products and solutions.
I´ve always wanted to use my knowledge of chemistry to develop safe and sustainable products that deliver real benefits to mankind, and AkzoNobel has given me that opportunity. It´s my job to bring together experts to develop new applications for our cellulose ethers, which are used in a wide range of industries varying from coatings to health care and foodstuffs.
I studied chemistry at the University of Göteborg in Sweden where I also completed my PhD before taking up a one-year research post at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. In 2000, I joined AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry Business Unit as a research scientist, before going on to work as a team leader for the synthesis and analytical laboratory in 2002. From there I moved into application development as manager at the Surface Chemistry laboratory in 2007, where I focused on mining and asphalt applications.
In 2010, I took up my current position as RD&I Director in the Performance Additives business of our Functional Chemicals Business Unit.
I head of a team of 36 researchers based in Frankfurt (Germany), Sempach (Switzerland), Stenungsund (Sweden), Arnhem (Netherlands).
I really enjoy being part of a group of scientists and researchers, who despite the diversity of their backgrounds and locations, are all working towards achieving the same goals. I love the combination of good chemistry, travel - something I do a lot in my spare time - and working with people. And I continue to be amazed by the sheer diversity of the work. I didn´t expect it. So it was like opening Pandora's Box. Long may it continue.