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Technical Services Chemist

Dispersions and Resins



Water-Borne Dispersion Developments for Architectural Coatings Solutions for Interior Premium and Sustainable Paints

Shehani Nanayakkara, Rachel Sun, Akiko Tanabe, Juan Zhou, Nikolaus Raupp

The world ‘s resources consumption has outpaced the earth’s regenerative capacity.

Providing safer raw materials is a well-established topic in the architectural industry. Examples being APEO free, low VOC and low odour options which can provide an immediate environmental and safety benefit to the consumer. Moreover, customers are increasingly requesting coatings that can provide a neutral or positive environmental impact. As manufacturers we now look to renew our perspective to include raw materials with increased renewable content and high CO2 emissions abatement potential.

BASF’s BioMass Balance and Bio-based approaches offers our customers significant innovation in renewably sourced raw materials for dispersions. Herein we will discuss each process in some detail and some preliminary evidence with benchmarking results. As well as BASF’s Project SCOTT a strategic CO2 transparency tool that will help us provide clear data outlining the carbon footprint of 45,000 individual sales products across all our industries. 


Shehani Nanayakkara is the Technical Services Chemist and Account Manager at BASF in their Dispersions and Resins division. 

Shehani has worked in the architectural coatings industry for the last 5 years after graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (Formulation Chemistry) at Monash University. In her role as Technical Services Chemist, Shehani conducts product application tests in line with scientific validity principles in a variety of industries. Predominantly focusing on the architectural industry but also servicing the construction chemicals industry. 

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