In 2008, Christoph joined KOLB, where he became Head of Synthesis with a special focus on the development of nonionic surfactants based on alkoxylation, esterification and end-capping technologies. In 2010, he also took over responsibility for synthetic developments and technology scouting. Two years later, he was promoted to Head of Application Development & Technical Service, focusing on formulations for detergents, home care and I & I, cosmetics, lubricants, agrochemicals, textile, pharma excipients and paper processing chemicals.
From 2013 till beginning of 2016 he led the global R&D activities of KOLB as Head of Research & Development. Christoph Kolano has over twenty five publications in peer-reviewed journals and patents which outline his continuous R&D achievements. During his time at KOLB Christoph was responsible for the development, introduction, and portfolio extension of the Greenbentin™ product line and the implementation of the RSPO grade surfactants. His research activities are strongly linked to Oleo chemicals, surfactants, "Green Chemistry", and Sustainability concepts.
Since February 2016 he is responsible for Consumer Care related topics at LONZA in his new role as Associate Director Marketing.