AkzoNobel and Microsoft work to fast-track development of new paints and coatings

Article by Amanda Doyle

AkzoNobel / Microsoft

AKZONOBEL has entered a collaboration with Microsoft to explore how quantum computing can fast-track the development of sustainable and high-performance paints and coatings.

Scientists from both companies will use a virtual laboratory to experiment with new types of paints using quantum computing and Microsoft Azure cloud services.

Pim Koeckhoven, Technology Director in Research and Development at AkzoNobel, said: “Up until now, the quality of traditional computer simulations hasn’t been up to the task. Microsoft’s Azure Quantum system offers incredible opportunities for us to take our research into an entirely new digital realm and speed up the development of new novel catalysts and chemical reactions.”

Quantum chemistry can be used to overcome challenges associated with conventional laboratory studies, including raw material availability, capacity constraints of equipment, toxicity, and environmental conditions. It has the potential to significantly reduce the time it takes to find alternative ingredients to improve the sustainability of products.

Klaas Kruithof, Chief Technology Officer at AkzoNobel, said: “This is a really exciting partnership which has the potential to be truly groundbreaking. We’re incredibly proud to partner with Microsoft and investigate how we can take our digital research into a new dimension. Innovation demands collaboration and this is a fantastic way for us to keep pushing boundaries so we can make a sustainable and long-lasting difference to our customers and the planet.”

Matthias Troyer, Distinguished Scientist in Microsoft’s Azure Quantum programme said: “The promise of quantum computing and other Azure services to accelerate solving chemistry and materials problems – and their associated workloads – is immense. We’re thrilled to partner with AkzoNobel to drive new value and deliver world-changing impact.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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