Dr Raphael Schaller


nolax AG


Raphael started his professional career as a technician in synthetic materials where he worked at Sika AG and Johnson Electric, both located in Switzerland. In 2007, he began his undergraduate studies in Materials Science at the ETH Zürich in Switzerland and Queen Mary University London in the UK, graduating with a Master's degree in 2012. In 2013, Raphael commenced his doctoral studies "Creating Complex Polymer Systems - From Polyethylene Al Dente to Polystyrene Mille‐Feuille" in the Department of Materials at the ETH Zürich in Switzerland. In 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral scientist in Switzerland, the UK, and China. In January 2017, he joined nolax and established the start-up "Thin-ply", and in October 2018, he took over the CTO role at nolax.

Presentation Abstract

Novel adhesives and coatings for applications up to 900 °C: Setting new benchmarks from fire curtains to battery cell covers

nolax has developed novel adhesive and coating systems, which can be used for durable and flexible applications that withstand high temperatures of up to 900°C. In order to maintain a good bond in high-temperature environments, unique chemistry is required since organic substances of conventional formulations break down and escape when temperatures increase, resulting in a failure of the bonded joint. The new adhesive and coating systems, based on aqueous silicone resin dispersions, address the shortcomings of the state-of-the-art solutions and set standards for increased heat resistance as well as a reduction of heat transfer. They are used for a wide range of applications, such as fire curtains in buildings or battery covers in automobiles.

nolax will present this new water-based adhesive and coating technology and introduce potential applications. The advantages in comparison to today’s state-of-the-art solutions will also be demonstrated. The presentation will focus in particular on product development and successful market introduction in the fire curtain sector. The novel material reduces the weight of an EI fire curtain by 30% while achieving A2 classification. It is suitable for space-saving installations and thus also meets the needs of builders, planners and architects.

Presentation Time

Breakout XI - Novel water-based Adhesives

Friday, 15 September 2023, 11:30 - 12:00

FEICA Conference