Research areas

Coatings are highly complex multicomponent products, which must fulfill many conflicting requirements. Important properties are, for instance, strong adhesion to the substrate or underlying coating layers, adequate viscosity profile, long durability, continuous or durable appealing appearance, and all this at a competitive cost. Functional coatings, in addition, must provide substrate protection such as resistance against corrosion or biofouling, or provide longer escape times during a fire.


Our aims within the area of sustainable coatings science and engineering are:

  • to provide in depth knowledge of current coatings challenges
  • to develop mathematical tools that quantify coating behaviour
  • to design experimental equipment for accelerated testing of coatings
  • to design novel coatings to establish laboratory facilities for both formulation and versatile testing of coatings.


Our research approach is based on classic chemical engineering tools combined with formulation expertise in close co-operation with industrial partners. Our fundamental coating research supports the traditional more empirical approach of the coatings industry. Our research in coatings is focused on improved sustainability profiles.

Our philosophy is to understand the main mechanisms behind coating behaviour, and we have carried out fundamental research and applied research on, for example, the following topics:

  • Design of novel test equipment for antifouling and anticorrosive coatings
  • Drying and curing of coatings
  • Mapping of degradation routes for seawater-immersed anticorrosive coatings
  • Parameters influencing the performance of intumescent fire-protective coatings
  • Photoinitiated coating degradation of thermoset coatings
  • Polishing and biocide leaching rates of antifouling coatings
  • Simultaneous solvent evaporation and curing of thermoset coatings


Kim Dam-Johansen
Professor, Head of Department
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 28 45


Søren Kiil
Associate Professor
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 28 27


Claus Erik Weinell
Senior Executive Officer
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4593 51 15 32


Huichao (Teresa) Bi
Assistant Professor
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 29 54