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SusInkCoat research consortium receives €6 million for green revolution in thin films, coatings and inks

Seven broad research consortia are receiving a total of 35 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for research into technological innovations that provide answers to societal challenges. One of these consortia is the SusInkCoat project, aimed at making thin films, coatings and inks more sustainable. The Sustainable Polymer Chemistry Department, headed by Frederik Wurm, is involved.


The SusInkCoat project (sustainable inks and coatings) focuses on developing switchable and adaptable functional polymers and additives with low environmental impact.


Much progress has been made in making plastics more durable for larger applications. However, thin layers, such as those used in coatings and inks, continue to lag. The consortium will develop new materials, processes and applications to improve the durability, functionality and recyclability of coatings and inks. They are also training a new generation of chemists and chemical engineers for whom sustainability and circularity are core values.

Prof. dr. Frederik Wurm

Inks and coatings are persasive, but often not recyclable or biodegradable. With SusInkCoat, we aim for sustainable solutions and are committed to a circular economy."

Prof. dr. Frederik Wurm


Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Katja Loos (University of Groningen).

Knowledge institutions:

NHL Stenden Hogeschool, Polymer Technology Netherlands, University of Groningen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University, University of Twente.


Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings B.V., Canon Production Printing B.V., Evonik, GFB Europe BV, Polymer Technology Group Eindhoven - PTG/e BV, RUG Ventures.

Other social partners:

Chemport Europe, Ecoras, Greenwise Campus


Perspectief is a programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The programme challenges researchers to establish broad, cross-disciplinary consortia with industry, civil society organisations and governments to conduct research focused on societal challenges and key technologies. Together, they work on technological innovations with societal impact and the creation of economic opportunities for the Netherlands. In doing so, the projects contribute to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy’s mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy.