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KF2150 Surface Coatings Chemistry 7.5 credits

The course introduces basic terms in the field of surface coatings chemistry. Requires prior knowledge and skills in polymer chemistry and polymer physics.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KF2150 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Coating resin systems
  • Application strategies and methods
  • Wetting, flow and adhesion
  • Film formation procedures in physically and chemically drying systems
  • Environmental effects of different surface treatment systems
  • Seminars by invited industrial guess
  • Study visit to paint manufacturing industry

Experimental work:

  • Synthesize a polymer suitable as a resin for organic coatings
  • Characterize the coating resin with regards to composition and properties
  • Apply the coating on substrates
  • Follow the drying/curing of the coating resin by suitable methods
  • Evaluate the properties (adhesion, hardness etc) of the dried/cured film.

Intended learning outcomes

After graduating from the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe what a coating system is and use the terminology in the field of organic coatings
  • Discuss aspects of choice of substrate, chemistry of the coating resin and properties of the dry/cured surface coating
  • Discuss environmentally driven challenges related to the coatings industry
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding industrial coating processes

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in engineering or in sciences including 50 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering. English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

KF1010 Polymer technology with cellulosa technology or corresponding knowledge.


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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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Active participation in all compulsory activities as specified in Course information.

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, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

3E5041 Coating Technology

Supplementary information

Replaces KF2240