During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Dr. Ioannis Arabatzis, CEO, Nanophos, attempted to clarify the misty landscape of underwater marine coatings, for non-chemists. He namely presented contemporary chemical technologies in the market, in a simplified, understandable way and formulated the checkpoints for a successful selection of a hull coating system.
Dr. Ioannis Arabatzis has dedicated his professional track inventing clever materials that solve every day problems. After winning the 1st prize in the European Business Plan Competition held in Stockholm in 2005, he is the founder, managing director and legal representative of NanoPhos SA, a company that develops nanotechnology driven formulations for satisfying the needs of the marine industry. Dr. Arabatzis has organized the R&D department of NanoPhos SA, as the primary think/experimentation tank for New Product Development. Apart from his research experience, he is interested in quality and process management, green legislation issues (especially in the field of nanotechnology), economic impact of nanotechnology and entrepreneurship in nanotechnology. As a chemist, Dr. Arabatzis is interested in developing functional coatings for the marine industry, solving old problems with new ideas. Coatings that respond to external stimuli, self-cleaning/healing technologies, antifouling strategies and friction reducing innovations. He is inventor in 3 patents, author of 1 book and co-author of more than 25 scientific articles, with more than 1000 cited references.
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