In-Person Polymeric Coatings

Learn about recent technological advances in contemporary coatings science.

Pricing: Starting USD 1695
Duration: >1 day
Registration Info

About the Instructor(s)

Marek W. Urban
Professor, Clemson University

Dr. Marek W. Urban is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. He has years of research and teaching experience in polymers and coatings.

About the Course

Learn about recent technological advances in coatings science to help solve coatings challenges while considering existing environmental regulations. Find out how to design and select appropriate coatings components for your use, overcome the limitations of contemporary coatings technologies, and understand the role of individual coatings components and their interactions (resins, polymers, pigments, solvents, and additives) in a coatings formulation. Participants should have fundamental knowledge of organic chemistry.

  • Mechanisms/methods of polymerizations, including chain growth, step growth, ring opening polymerizations, emulsion polymerization, and control radical polymerization
  • How to design, synthesize, formulate, and evaluate polymeric coatings
  • Pigments and nano-fillers, extender pigments, pigment volume content, metal and corrosion inhibiting pigments.
  • Additives in coatings; their functions, uses, and properties
  • Chemistry and interactions of coatings components necessary for the design and preparation of high performance and specialty coatings systems
  • Design and formulation of waterborne, high-solids, radiation curing, and powder coatings that meet current VOC regulations
  • Coatings formulations, including examples of trade sales, industrial, and specialty coatings
  • Polyesters, acrylics, vinyl acrylics, polyurethanes, epoxy resins, fluoropolymers, phenolic resins, organosilanes, and other silicon-containing polymers for coatings applications
  • Molecular level processes in polymeric coatings; film formation, control of compatibility and stratification of coatings components
  • Stimuli-responsive polymeric films and coatings, smart coatings and nano-coatings components; design requirements and recent technological advances

What You Will Learn

  • Coverage of contemporary coatings science topics
  • Technology to understand and solve coatings needs while meeting existing environmental regulations
  • How to select appropriate coatings components
  • How to overcome the limitations of contemporary coatings technology
  • The role of resins and polymers, pigments, solvents, and additives in a coatings formulation;  the function that each plays in the manufacture and performance of polymeric coatings
  • Interactions between coatings components

Who Should Attend

  • Scientists with backgrounds in polymer, organic, physical, and analytical chemistry who desire an understanding of polymer coatings.
  • Individuals who synthesize polymers, formulate or test coatings, or perform R&D work for coatings manufacturers or industries supplying the coatings industry.
  • Professionals in marketing, sales, technical service, quality control, research and development, and management.
  • Others in need of a technical understanding of polymer coatings.

Course Outline

  • Major Topics

    • Step-Growth and Chain-Growth Polymers with Special Emphasis on Polymer Types Used as Coatings
      Mechanisms; characteristics and polymer types; molecular weight ranges; molecular design of step-growth and chain-growth polymers.

    • Use of Pigments
      Reasons for their use; characteristic properties associated with various pigments.

    • Degradation of Polymer Coatings
      Mechanisms of degradation; methods for stabilizing coatings.

    • Coating Additives
      Uses, types, and levels of rheology modifiers, surfactants, dispersants, coalescing agents, plasticizers, antifoam agents, driers, anti-skinning agents.

    • Curing Coatings
      Ambient cure, thermal curing, and ultraviolet curing.

    • Formulation of Environmentally Compliant Coatings
      Latex formulations, water soluble, and water dispersible formulations; powder coatings.

    • Application Methods
      Substrates and substrate preparation.

    • Molecular Level Processes in Coating
      Film formation, stratification, adhesion.

    • Structure-Property Relationships
      Analytical methods; interactions of individual components.

    • Adhesion and Corrosion
      Substrates (plastic and non-plastic); surface/interfacial processes.

Dates, Locations, and Prices

Five for four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. 


Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2023

Indianapolis, IN

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) $1695 Ends Feb 25 $1895
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) $1895 Ends Feb 25 $2095
Non-Member $1895 Ends Feb 25 $2095

Course Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Check-in starts at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual and continental breakfast each day. *Early Bird pricing ends four (4) weeks before the start date of the course.