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More than a drop in the ocean

Friday, 1 February 2013

Already the Romans used marine coatings to become the ruler of the european world these days. The technology might have changed, but the influence on the world is still huge.

Eric Risberg is the expert to explain marine coatings and the antifouling mechanisms at the European Coatings Congress 2013

Eric Risberg is the expert to explain marine coatings and the antifouling mechanisms at the European Coatings Congress 2013

It started with copper nails in the wooden ground and is these days a discussion about biocides. The antifouling chemistry changed but still has one target: Preserving the ship body from algae and bacteria.

It is not only the history Erik Risberg, Regional R&D Manager for Marine and Protective Coatings working for Chokwang Jotun Ltd. in Korea is going to present in his pre-tutorial "Basics on Marine Coatings" at the European Coatings Congress, 17 March 2013, Nuremberg. He will also show the scientific background, the fouling mechanisms and the environmental influences. His main focus will be on binder technologies, paint formulation and test methodology.

10 questions for the marine coatings expert

Get to know Erik with his answers:

European Coatings Journal: Which achievement in the coatings history did you realize?

Erik Risberg: I think that my biggest achievement has been explaining the working mechanism of antifouling on a molecular level and the development of test methods documenting the coatings working mechanism.

Wouldn’t he doing this job, he would become …

... a scientist working in the area of sports nutrition/ medicine, which was his intention before he entered the University. However, organic chemistry caught his attention and his destiny had other plans for him.

Which three individual features do you like most of men?

Thoughtfulness, Enthusiasm and power of initiative.

What is your favorite activity?

Exploring national parks across the globe, but anything involving physical exercise is fine.

Which moment has been your most happy one?

I have had so many happy moments in life, one of them when my son David took his first unsupported steps in life and he shared that ultimate happiness with me.

Which talent would you like to possess?

To have a good ear for languages allowing me to pick up new ones efficiently.

What is you biggest extravagance?

Winter camping in the Scandinavian mountains. The absolute stillness it offers when you stand up in the morning offers me a great opportunity to recharge my batteries.

Somebody gives you 1000 Euro. What are you going to do with this? (Must: immediate spending)

Most likely I would run for a nearby outdoor, or photo store to complement my current collection, but I hope that I would buy a nice gift for my wife in appreciation of her endless support and care.

What is not allowed to present on your birthday?

Money – the importance of a gift is the considerateness it shows.

What is your motto?

No challange is to big to overcome, it’s all about preparation and devotion.

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