Paints, coatings and adhesives

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has extensive experience in the development of environmentally friendly, renewable binding agents and additives for paints, coatings and adhesives. We have both the facilities for testing and improving characteristics of existing components and designing new adhesive and coating components.


For both paint applications (coatings) and adhesive applications, the development of products with a low percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a high (outdoor) durability are a major focal point within our activities. We work both on the development of routes to new building blocks (monomers) for coating components, and on the synthesis of coating components. We also develop binding agents and additives, and evaluate the products in coating systems. This combination of various types of expertise and research facilities is unique.

Renewable paints and coatings

Our expertise in the field of paints and coatings is continuously developed by working with (international) industrial clients and other knowledge institutes. In cooperation with the paint industry, we have developed key technologies for a new generation of eco-friendly alkyd paints. This technology enables the development of paint and ink formulas in which the binding agents are made entirely from renewable raw materials. The paints are used in DIY and professional applications.

We also work on the development of powder paints, radiation hardening systems and unsaturated polyester resins.  Additives and binding agents are developed to improve water-based systems and the dispersion of pigments. The development of coatings for paper and bioplastic application is also a growing research area.


In the field of adhesives the focus is also on the development of renewable products with a low VOC level. We have extensive experience in the development of biopolymer (such as polysaccharide or protein)-based adhesives for paper and cardboard. These adhesives have a high dry matter content. An example is latex adhesive - developed as a cardboard adhesive, this was also shown to be very suitable as a coating for glossy paper.

In addition, we develop hot-melt adhesives and adhesives based on other components than terpenes or rosins, as well as biobased, water-based adhesives. We are successfully working on replacing phenol formaldehyde adhesives by environmentally friendly systems. Within the development of renewable components for paints, adhesives and inks, we work with industrial clients around the world to produce sustainable, biobased products.