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CK107V Paint and Coating Technology: Theory and Practice 5.0 credits

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the field of organic coating chemistry including the coating components, application, substrates, and evaluation/characterization. The area is closely related to important industrial and environmental challenges. Most lectures are given by invited speakers from the coating industry. The course is primarily intended for people who are technically active in the coating industry, including suppliers and end-users. The main part of the course is held on site, with the possibility of attending some parts remotely.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 5 Nov 2024 single courses students

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P2 (5.0 hp)


5 Nov 2024
20 Dec 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

8 - 25

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 5 Nov 2024 single courses students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 5 Nov 2024 single courses students


Linda Fogelström,


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CK107V (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course schedule consists of three blocks of 2 days + 3 days + 2 days spread out over 6–7 weeks. Due to the interactive nature of the course, physical attendance during all days is preferred; however, some online participation is possible if necessary. Exact course dates will be notified later.

Course contents

  • Introduction to chemistry and coatings in general
  • Surface and colloid chemistry of coatings
  • Binders and solvents
  • Pigments and fillers
  • Additives
  • Coating formulation and experimental planning
  • Coating production
  • Substrate and pretreatment for coating application
  • Application
  • Drying/curing
  • Analysis and characterization
  • Testing
  • Colour, colour measurement and tinting systems
  • Colour defects and surface defects
  • Environment, health and safety
  • Third Party Certification
  • Functional coatings and new technologies
  • Lectures by invited guest lecturers from industry
  • Group work/problem solving
  • Study visit to the coating manufacturing industry

Intended learning outcomes

Describe what a coating system is and use the terminology in the field of organic coatings.

Discuss aspects of coating chemistry and coating technology, such as binders, pigments, additives, coating formulation, production, substrates, coating processes, coating defects, analysis, testing, environmental-, health-, and safety aspects.

Explain the areas of use for different coatings and properties of the dried/cured coating.

Discuss environment-driven challenges within the coating industry.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General eligibility for university studies, including basics in physics, chemistry and intermediate course in mathematics (3C)

Recommended prerequisites

At least 2 years of professional experience within coating development is recommended and is the basis for selection.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

At least 75 % participation in lectures and group exercises/problem solving. Completion of study questions. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Linda Fogelström,

Supplementary information

Partly overlapping with KF2150, TEN1