The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST)

Coatings for a better future

The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST) was established at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, as per 1 January, 2017, based on a generous donation by the Hempel Foundation.

The centre covers coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application. In the broad perspective, the centre will support development, production and use of coatings with improved sustainability profiles over the lifetime of the coating.


CoaST is a globally leading centre for research, innovation and education in sustainable coatings technologies.


  • Establish a strong research, innovation and education environment at DTU supported by an extended global network to leading research and development groups.
  • Develop new and improved methods and technologies for the formulation, testing, characterization, production and application of coatings with improved sustainability profiles.
  • Establish a platform for cooperation among stakeholders of coating technologies, i.e. universities, raw material suppliers, formulators, producers, applicators and/or end users.
  • Attract and train highly-skilled students, engineers and researchers to the field of coatings.

Leader group

Kim Dam-Johansen, Centre Leader, Professor
Søren Kiil, Associate Professor
Claus Erik Weinell, Senior Executive Officer
Teresa (Huichao) Bi, Assistant Professor



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Kim Dam-Johansen
Professor, Head of Department
DTU Chemical Engineering
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