Employee Testimonial

Meet Eric Kirchner, Senior Color Scientist

We’ve been at the leading edge of color science for more than two centuries. So why not share all that experience with the world? Meet Eric Kirchner, one of our color research and development experts, who is a familiar face in Alicante, where he gives lectures in advanced color science to inspire the experts of the future.

  • Senior Color Scientist
  • At Business Area RD Technology
  • At AkzoNobel since 1996

"As a company, we’ve got a lot to share. Our achievements in color science and digital technology have made us a valuable source of knowledge."


Our passion for paint has been driving our love of color since the late 1700s. Over the years, we’ve become firmly established as global experts in delivering color expertise to our customers.

Whether we’re helping architects to transform their bold designs into eye-catching buildings, or inspiring consumers to create unique living spaces, we never stop innovating and coming up with new ideas. In today’s fast-moving world, it means we also have to develop the right digital tools, so that customers can make confident color choices.

That’s why it’s so exciting to be part of AkzoNobel. We want to explore new horizons, go beyond the expectations and imagination of our customers. It’s a great time to be a color scientist!   

Our breakthrough digital innovations have sparked great interest, not only among our customers, but also within industry circles and the wider academic community. That’s how I got invited to give lectures in advanced color science at the University of Alicante in Spain. It forms part of their year-long academic course in Color Technology for the Automotive Sector. 

As a company, we’ve got a lot to share. Our achievements in color science and digital technology have made us a valuable source of knowledge. For example, the methods we developed to measure the color and texture of metallic and pearlescent coatings are now used as the default technology in the automotive industry worldwide – and in many other industries where metallic coatings have become popular.

I must admit, working with the students is very rewarding. Color is a core business for many industries, so it’s an honor for me to represent AkzoNobel in Alicante. It’s an amazing opportunity to pass on our expertise and help them understand what it takes to be recognized as global experts in our field. With all the knowledge we have collected over the years, we’ve got a great story to tell.

The course itself offers seminars and practical training in many aspects of color science and technology. It’s a unique opportunity for students and industrial employees to obtain a Master of Science degree in this exciting and challenging discipline. For AkzoNobel, it’s a continuation of our 200-year tradition of sharing our knowledge and experience with the world. It’s also something I’m very proud to be part of.