Jitte is an expert in metal-based catalysis, focused on curing in paints and coatings, as well as a specialist in alkyd drying (and general alkyd enthusiast). He’s the inventor on eight patents, several innovations which have been employed in our products. And he’s made a name for himself through international publications, lectures and symposiums.
But that’s not all. With a broad interest in the chemistry of paints and coatings overall, he’s built up a large network across Dutch academia that connects him with all the newest and most exciting developments in the field.
One of Jitte’s strongest connections is with the ARC CBBC. It’s the Dutch national research center that brings together academic, industrial and governmental partners to investigate chemical building blocks for novel sustainable energy and materials. As part of this consortium, AkzoNobel is designing the coatings of the future.
“One of the multilateral research projects I’m working on is ‘Coatings and functional materials: Crosslinking in waterborne coatings with new building blocks’,” Jitte says.
“It’s about contributing to a more sustainable future through the development of paints, inks, lacquers and similar coatings that can be produced on the basis of renewable bio-based building blocks. These coatings should also have improved functionalities such as film-formation and crosslinking.”
Jitte says he especially enjoys the opportunities through ARC CBBC to work with students: “It always amazes them how much science can be found in a can of paint!”
In addition to working with the graduate students on project teams, Jitte is the industrial supervisor for a number of PhD students. “One highlight is the development of a new class of iron-based catalysts for the drying of alkyd paints, together with researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We were aiming to create the perfect paint – a formula that’s ‘brushable’ but not harmful to the environment or the painter.”
He continues: “Now a patent on the application of this new technology has been filed and made public and we’re preparing for publication in a scientific journal – that’s very exciting.”