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New research centre at DTU aims to be a global leader in coating technology

Wednesday 14 Mar 18


Kim Dam-Johansen
Professor, Head of Department
DTU Chemical Engineering
+45 45 25 28 45


CoaST will contribute to securing:

  • Improved functionality
  • Optimal protection of valuable constructions
  • Lower emission in production and application of coatings
  • Better recycling of components and waste from the production
  • A better environment

So far, the team behind CoaST has defined the following areas within development of coating as strategic focus areas:

  • Anticorrosive coatings
  • Chemical- and abrasion resistant coatings
  • Coatings for passive fire protection
  • In-line coating production
  • Erosion resistant blade coating for wind turbines
  • Fouling control coatings
  • High pressure/high temperature resistant coating
  • Thermal insulation coatings

DTU has established a new research centre – CoaST, The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre. The centre will do research in more environmentally sustainable and efficient coatings technologies.

For most people, coatings is a question of whether the summer house, the railing, the child’s room, etc., should be green, red, or white. To researchers at DTU’s new research centre CoaST and large parts of the world’s industry, however, it is a question of how long a ship, a bridge, or any other construction can endure weather and wind, saltwater, extreme heat, or what else might deteriorate a material. In other words, coatings is about how we can best prolong the life of our industrial plants and machines, or how a surface is given a function that for instance can reduce pollution, increase fire safety, decrease fouling on a ship’s hull below the waterline, etc.

The team of researchers at the new research centre CoaST will in the coming years test and develop technologies and products that can make coatings more efficient and sustainable. For this purpose, the Hempel Foundation has so far donated DKK 175 mio. to secure an annual operation of the centre with DKK 30 mio. The Hempel Foundation further intends to fund the research centre in order to secure its operation for a minimum of 10 years.

The donation was announced at CoaST’s annual meeting on March 14, 2018.
The centre is located at DTU Chemical Engineering, and DTU has appointed Kim Dam-Johansen as Head of CoaST. The Hempel Foundation has appointed an external Advisory Board to consult about the centre.

With this funding DTU and the Hempel Foundation expect to create an internationally leading research centre that will attract and educate new generations of world class chemical engineers and thereby support the industry’s continuing development towards even more sustainable products and production methods to benefit science, the industry and the common good.

“We are doing this because we want to help make coatings more environmentally sustainable, more protective, and more efficient. And we also do it because we can see that a research environment in coatings technology that can attract the best heads and contribute to science is lacking in Denmark,” says Richard Sand, Chairman of the Hempel Foundation.

“The cooperation between DTU and the Hempel Foundation has been close for years. The Hempel Foundation’s donation for the Hempel Student Residence is of great importance for DTU and our young students, and now comes the donation for CoaST that will create a strong and long-term research environment,” says DTU President Anders Overgaard Bjarklev.

Further information

For questions concerning the research centre:
Professor Kim Dam-Johansen,

For questions concerning the Hempel Foundation’s donation:
Communication Manager Søren Gade at +45 61 15 39 90

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