Coating Technology 2017/2018

Aim and Target Audience
Topics and Duration

  Registration and Prices
Payment and Cancellation
Examinations and Certificate
References / comments
  Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

The Coating Technology Modules are recommended by the 'Dutch Association for Paint Technologists'


During the past 50 years, the paint industry has made substantial progress from a traditional small company industry to a technologically sophisticated segment of the chemical branch. The driving forces behind this progress were the increasing demands made on coatings (for example, environmental, durability and functionality), and the fact that the required types of coating could not be developed efficiently by the experimental methods being used.

The segment of the chemical industry concerned with producing coatings and raw materials for coatings is strongly represented in the Netherlands. This puts our country in an excellent position to acquire a permanent leading role in the field of development, production and application of coatings. The PTN (Polymer Technology Netherlands) foundation recognized this potential and also realized that a well-trained workforce was the pre-requisite for gaining and maintaining a strong industry position. That is why the PTN took the initiative in 1992, a unique Coating Technology training programme (CT) was established. The CT programme is based on a compilation of the knowledge and experience gained over the years, both in the paint industry and in the academic world. More than 950 participants have followed the programme since its conception 25 years ago. These participants came from over 170 different companies, SME's being increasingly represented. In total the PTN foundation has awarded almost 330 'Coating Technologist' certificates.
The CT programme is organized by PTG/e, who is working on assignment for PTN

Aim and Target Audience

The aim of the CT programme is to efficiently train R&D chemists, physicists and mechanical engineers who work on coatings, and want to advance and increase their knowledge of coatings. The programme is also recommended for participants who have followed a Higher Vocational Training (HBO), and have some years of experience in coatings R&D. The emphasis of the programme is to broaden and deepen knowledge and/or to bring the participants up to date on new developments in the field of coatings. Acquiring specific knowledge and skills gives CT participants a better understanding of coating technology in general.

From our participants' reactions, it is clear that these objectives are met, and that there is a definite call from the paint and coatings industry for a 20th CT training.
The CT programme will be in English.


The post-graduate Coating Technology training programme is a master's level programme, given by specialists from the paint and coatings industry, and by university lecturers. The programme begins with an introduction to the elements of chemistry and physics that form an essential basis for coating technology. After this introduction, binder chemistry, film formation, paint formulation, paint preparation and paint properties are dealt with in detail. The programme is concluded with a module on present-day properties and applications and programme for characterizing coating systems.

Topics and Duration

The total training is given in 19 one-day sessions (approximately 115 hours of lectures), which are given from June 2017 to November 2018. Lectures include demonstrations, visits to companies, workshops, and discussions of books and papers.

The programme comprises four modules:

    M1 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics and Colloid Systems (3 ECTS)
    M2 Binder Chemistry and Film Formation (3 ECTS)
    M3 Paints: Formulation, Preparation and Properties (3 ECTS)
    M4 Application & Characterization (3 ECTS)
All the lectures are given in English. Due to the new setup it is possible to follow one module, or a selection of modules, instead of all four. The participant will become a 'Coating Technologist' after following the complete programme (four modules) and successfully passing the open book examinations and case study.

Dates and details of the programme are subject to change.
Module(s) will only take place if at least 15 persons have been registered.


ADD APT Chemicals - Agfa Gevaert - Air Products - Air Products Chemicals Europe - Akrosil Europe - Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes - AkzoNobel Automotive and Aerospace Coatings - AkzoNobel Chemicals - AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings - Alabastine - AMP Holland - Anel Assembly Europe - Ankerpoort - Anteryon WaferOptics - Arti-werk Benelux - Ashland - ATO - Atofina - Avery Dennisson - Barentz - Baril Coatings - BASF SE - Belgische Landmacht - BMW - Boss Paints - Boxal Nederland - Brenntag Volkers - BYK-Cera - Cauwenberg van - Cebo Holland - Chromaflo Technologies - Chugoku Paints - Ciba Geigy - Ciba Geigy Specialty Chemicals - Corbion Purac - Cordis Europe - COT - CSK Food Enrichment - Cytec Netherlands - De Beer Lakfabrieken - Degussa Colortrend - Delft University of Technology - DOW Corning Europe - Drywood Coatings - DSM Coating Resins - DSM NeoResins - DSM Powder Coating Resins - DSM Research - DSM Resins - Dupont de Nemours - Eastman Sokolov - Edilon - EFKA Additives - Eindhoven University of Technology - Elementis Specialties Netherlands BV - Engelhard - Engelhard P&A Europe - Eques Coatings - Eurocol - Everris International - Evonik Colortrend - Fina Research - FOM..- Forbo - Foseco Nederland - Frencken - Gage Products - GE Plastics - Ghent University - Glaverbel - Grace Coatings - University of Groningen - Heineken R&D - HEMA - Henkel - Hercules - Heybroek - Hickson Coatings - Holland Coatings Industries - Hunter Douglas - Huntsman - ICL/Everris International BV - Illbruck Sealant Systems - INCOTEC Holding - Intron - Johnson & Matthey - Jotun - Kamper Verf- en Lakfabriek - Kema - Kerr-Mc Gee Pigments - KLM - Kodak - L. van Heek Textiles - Lankhorst-Indutech - Lapinus Fibres - LG.Philips Displays - Loparex - LWB-Eindhoven - Macro Coating Industrie - Manders Premier - Mardenkro - Marlux - Mearl International - MoTip Dupli - Nederlands Forensisch Instituut - NedTrain - Nelf Lakfabrieken BV - Novaris Seeds - Nuplex Resins - Océ Technologies - Orka Bouwchemie - Penn Color - Philips Drachten - Philips Lighting - Phycomp - PK Koopmans Lakfabrieken - Polyscope Polymers - Polytex - PPG Coatings - PPG Industries - PTG Eindhoven - Raychem - Rigo - RIGO Verffabriek - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen - Rijkswaterstaat Bouwdienst - Robert Bosch Produktie - RSM Chemacryl - RWE-DEA - Saint-Gobain Isover - Sara Lee - Sasol Servo - Schmits International - Scholten Lijmen - Scotts International - SES Nederland - Shell - SHR Hout Research - Sibelco Specialty Minerals Europe - SigmaCoatings (SKRA) - SMC - SPGPrints BV - SPS - Stahl International - Stork Screens & Prints - Sun Chemical Pigments - Talens - TataSteel - Techema - Teodur - Tioxide Europe - TNO Industries - Trespa - Tronox Pigments (Holland) - UCB - Unichema - Unipro - Universiteit Twente - Urenco Nederland - Vaassen Flexibel Packiging - Valspar - Van Wijhe Verf - Vescom - Vroomshoop Meubelen - Westmin Talc - Winter Bouts - Xerox - Yacht - Yamanouchi Europe - Zandleven Coatings

Module 1 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics and Colloid Systems

The following topics are covered in this introductory module: introduction to polymer chemistry, polymer physics and emulsion polymerization, and applied colloidal and surface chemistry. The first part of the module is a review of the basic concepts of polymer chemistry and polymer physics. In the second part of the module, the chemical and physical aspects of various systems and surfaces are dealt with. Additionally, attention is paid to the mechanical and visco-elastic properties of polymers in general and cured coatings in particular. Module 1 provides the student with the polymer chemistry and physics basics that are essential for the level of integration required in the interdisciplinary field of coating technology.

polymerization reactions, microstructure, polymer characterization, polymer solutions, thermodynamics (miscibility and solubility parameters), physical and chemical properties, applied colloid chemistry, mechanical and visco-elastic properties, surface chemistry, DLVO theory, steric stabilization, inorganic dispersions, coagulation techniques, emulsion stability, molar masses, emulsion(co)polymerization, core-shell emulsion polymerization and chemical composition distribution.

Dates: 5 days 14 - 15 - 16 & 19 - 20 June 2017
Time: 9.00 - 17.00 hrs
Location Eindhoven
Coordinator: Dr. L.N.I.H. Nelissen Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Lecturers: Prof.dr. G. ten Brinke J.P.A. Heuts
Dr. J. Laven
Dr. T. Sciarone T.A. Tervoort R. Tuinier
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Polymer Technology Groep Eindhoven
ETH Zurich
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Books: Before the module begins, participants receive copies of 'Introduction to Polymers' (Young and Lovell). Participants will receive 'Mechanical Properties of Coatings' (Hill) and 'Principles of Instrumental Analysis' (Skoog, Holler en Crouch) on the first day of the module.
Examination: July 8, 2017
Re-sit of examination: September 2, 2017
Location/time: NH Hotel, Utrecht, 9.30 - 12.30 hrs
Module price: € 2.600,- (excluding VAT)

Module 2 Binder Chemistry and Film Formation

One important paint component is the resin or binder system, as the selection of the binder system greatly influences the properties of the final coating. The coating technologist strives to select/develop resins that exhibit the desired properties in the coating. An important aspect that influences the final coating properties and quality is film formation and this is influenced by the choice of the binder system. Module 2 aims to provide insight into different resin chemistries, selection of the binder system and the chemical physical processes that play a role during film formation.

rheology, physical drying, coalescence, film defects, chemical network formation, oxidative drying, resin chemistry, resin dispersions and emulsions, thermosetting resins, (highly) branched polymers, powder coatings, 2-component systems, UV curable resins.

Dates: 5 days 1 - 2 - 3 & 6 - 7 November 2017
Time: 9.00 - 17.00 hrs
Location: Zwolle
Coordinator: Ir. J.P. Drijfhout DSM Coating Resins
Lecturers: Drs. J. Beetsma
Prof.dr. R. van Benthem
Ir. J.P. Drijfhout
Mrs. Dr. M. Duskova S.F.J. Erich
M. Grahl
Dr. H. Groen
Dr. A. Hofland
Drs. R.M.T. Rasing
Dr. B. Reuvers
Meritus Groep
TU/e - DSM Ahead
DSM Coating Resins
Inst. Macromolecular Chem. - Prague
TNO - TU/e
DSM Coating Resins
Independent resin & paint consultant
Evonik Industries
DSM Coating Resins

Books: On the first day of this module, participants receive a copy of 'Coatings Formulation' (Müller & Poth).
Examination: December 2, 2017
Re-sit of examination: January 6, 2018
Location/time: NH Hotel, Utrecht 9.30 - 12.30 hrs
Module price: € 2.750,- (excluding VAT)

Module 3 Paints: Formulation, Preparation and Properties

During module 3, the formulation and preparation of paints are studied in detail. Important topics discussed: paint composition, binders, pigments, fillers, additives, equipment and properties of liquid and film formed systems.

Optical properties, (in)organic pigments, fillers, (Critical) Pigment Volume Concentration, pigment post treatment, dispersion and stabilization of pigments and fillers, flocculation, sedimentation, additives, paint preparation, waterbased paints, coalescence, anti-fouling, formulations and performance, lifecycle assessment, sustainability, legislation and functional coatings.

Dates: 4 days 12 - 13 & 16 - 17 April 2018
Time: 9.00 - 17.30 hrs
Location NH Hotel Utrecht
Coordinator: Drs. J. Beetsma Meritus Groep
Lecturers: Drs. J. Beetsma
Dr. A.C. de Carvalho Esteves
Mr. G. Clamen
Dr. J.A. Gonzalez-Gomez
Ing. W. Heilen
Ing. G.J. van den Kieboom M.Sc.
Dr. J.W. Klijnstra
Ir. C.W. Mertens
Prof. R.J. Murphy
Meritus Groep
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Dow Coating Materials
Evonik Industries
University of Surrey

Books: On the first day of this module, participants receive a copy of 'Coatings Formulation' (Müller & Poth).
Examination: May 26, 2018
Re-sit of examination: June 23, 2018
Location/time: NH Hotel, Utrecht 9.30 - 12.30 hrs
Module price: € 2.600,- (excluding VAT)

Module 4 Application & Characterization

The module covers the application and characterization of coatings and a broad range of related topics and comprises presentations, demonstrations and a workshop. The module ends with a case study. The following subjects are covered: the importance of correct application, types of substrate, preparation before application, methods of application, drying techniques and finalization. In addition, related topics such as rheology, atomization mechanisms, design of paint ranges, types of industrial paint processing, and aspects of modern paint-type application are covered.

Finally the main goal of the last module of the CT training reviews current methods and techniques used to analyze and characterize paint raw materials as resins, cross linkers and pigments. The measurement of a number of typical paint and coating properties are presented. Sophisticated techniques as SEM/TEM and AFM are discussed and the applications of these techniques are illustrated. Special attention is paid to characteristics as corrosion, and chemical and physical properties. A separate part is the measurement and the physical and chemical aspects of the weathering of coatings. The use of High Throughput Experiments in coatings research and development is a new aspect in this module. The module is closed by a one day application workshop in which the participants can perform themselves spray and brush/roller applications.

surface treatment and applications, application techniques, curing processes, spray coatings, spraying and particle size, rheology and applications, brushing, spraying, spraying mechanisms, rolling, waterborne coatings, electrostatic spraying, industrial paint assimilation, coil coats, powder coatings, and electro coats. Instrumental analyses of coating systems, thermal and cure analysis, characterization of wet and dry paints, stress and cure, mechanical and physical properties and chemical resistance of coatings, durability, corrosion and corrosion measurement, morphology (LM, SEM, TEM, AFM).

Dates: 5 days November 2018
Time: 9.00 - 17.00 hrs
Location NH Hotel Utrecht
Coordinator: L.G.J. van der Ven Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Lecturers: Dr. A.C. de Carvalho Esteves
Ing. R.H.A. Haitsma J.P. Huinink
Dr. F. Molenaar
P. Grosze Nipper
Dr. J.P. Patterson
Dr. H. Philipsen
Mrs. Dr. M. Rosso-Vasic
Dr. M. Unthank H. van der Weijde
Prof.dr. G.J. de With
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Akzo Nobel A&AC
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
AkzoNobel DeCo
AkzoNobel DeCo
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
DSM Resolve
AkzoNobel A&AC
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings
Tata Steel
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Books: On the first day of this module, participants receive a copy of 'Principles of Instrumental Analysis' (Skoog, Holler en Crouch).
Case study: December 2018
Module price: € 2.750,- (excluding VAT)

Registration and Prices

You can register for the CT training programme by using the registration form. Module(s) will only take place if at least 15 persons have been registered. The maximum number of participants per module will be determined by the course organization. If too many participants register for a particular module, participants who have either enrolled for more modules, or who have previously taken CT modules have priority. PTN-sponsors receive a 10% discount on the module price.

    NEW: To stimulate participants to attend more modules you will receive an additional discount of 10%. For example, you attended Module 2 and you also will attend Module 3, you will receive for this module a discount of 10%. If later on you decide to attend Module 4, your discount will be 20%, etcetera (if you are PTN-sponsor your total discount will be 30%).
    The additional discount is only applicable if you enroll each year for at least one module.
The price covers books, lecture notes, lunches, excursions, company visits, and workshops. Evening meals and hotel accommodation are not included in the price.

Payment and Cancellation

Payment: Regardless you have registered for the complete programme or one module, we must have received your payment on our bank account before the beginning of each module.

Cancellation: If we receive notice in writing of your cancellation eight weeks before the beginning of a module, no cancellation fee will be charged. If we receive notice in writing of cancellation four to eight weeks before the beginning of a module, we are obliged to charge 25% administration costs. If you cancel in writing within the four weeks prior to the first day of the module, you will be charged for the full cost of the training. In this case, however, we would be happy to welcome a colleague who would take your place.

Examinations and Certificate

The first three modules of the training are concluded with an open book examination, and the last module with a case study. If you complete all four modules successfully, you will be awarded the 'Coating Technologist' certificate from the PTN. Participants who have successfully completed individual modules will be awarded the applicable certificate. Participants who choose not to sit the examinations or to do the case study will receive a certificate of attendance.

P.O. Box 6284
5600 HG Eindhoven

Phone: +31 (0)40 751 76 70
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  • The coating technology training 1) gives an excellent subject review with considerable depth, 2) helps orientation into different coating systems and methods, and 3) is a first-rate opportunity to network with others involved in coating.
  • This training provides the 'glue' between practically gained experience and the theoretical basics of coatings.
  • My theoretical knowledge has increased tremendously. This has meant that I can approach problems in a more fundamental way. In addition, I now have excellent reference material.
  • When you are involved in multi-disciplinary research into the combination of coating and substrate (in my case, wood), this training is extremely suitable for mastering the essentials of coating.
  • The theoretical knowledge obtained has helped me understand coating failures, and has enabled me to find quicker and more effective solutions to problems - no more time-consuming trial and error practices!
  • By following this short training, I have gained knowledge that would have taken me years of practical experience to attain. This knowledge helps me solve problems encountered during my research into water-based coatings, especially because this training has broadened my knowledge of other coatings (outside my sphere of work).
  • A training in which all facets of coatings are covered in a logical and clear way. A definite must for the 'paint-amateur' who wants to know more.
  • I have applied the knowledge I have gained from this training to a wide range of problems. The theoretical knowledge and the practical examples were of vital importance. In addition, my colleagues, and I consult the CT reference material regularly.
  • Although not everything in the training was relevant to my field of work, I gained a very good basic knowledge of coating technology.
  • Interesting and clearly taught material. I've learned some new things, and brushed-up on my existing knowledge.
  • The contact with suppliers, especially of binding agents, and the useful information provided have enabled me to understand technical processes much better.
  • The training gives general information about paint and paint application, but it also gives the necessary depth of study in theoretical concepts and mechanisms.
  • In a short time, a good introduction and review of this new field of study.