About CoaST

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.


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.


We are very open to cooperation with academia and industrial companies along the entire value chain.

Leader group

Kim Dam-Johansen, Centre Leader, Professor
Søren Kiil, Professor
Claus Erik Weinell, Senior Executive Officer
Huichao (Teresa) Bi, Assistant Professor
Dorte V. P. Sommer, Project Coordinator