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Functional Coatings

Functional Coatings 2016

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The Flemish Doctoral Schools organize a three-day winter school on the topic of “Functional Coatings”. In this winter school, contemporary topics in ink and coating chemistry and functional coating engineering are covered by international invited experts in the field and by doctoral students and postdocs from regional universities. The winter school addresses both industrial and academic research.


November 28 - 30,  2016


In this winter school on “Functional Coatings” a complete and in-depth overview will be given on the materials applied for functional coatings, the deposition techniques to achieve these layers and the broad range of applications that can be envisaged.

On the first day, international academic experts will guide you through all of these steps – from materials over deposition to applications – to finalize the day with a poster session and a network drink.

During the second day, industrial experts from different fields and with different applications of these functional coatings, will induct you into their business and explain you the chemistry, physics and engineering that is involved to achieve innovative functional coating applications. In the afternoon of that second day a “meet the expert” session is organized. During this session, students, academic and industrial experts will be brought together for several one-on-one meetings to discuss topics related to functional coatings and to match their knowledge and expertise to start new and promising initiatives. The day will be finalized with the announcement of the poster-prize winner combined with a keynote lecture.

On the last day of this 3-day winter school, selected oral presentations from PhD-students and postdocs are scheduled to inform you about the latest and ongoing research in the broad field of functional coatings. As this winter school brings together experts and researchers from academia and industry and besides invited and selected research presentations also a “meet the expert” and a poster session is organised, this winter school is the perfect occasion to network between industrial and academic partners.


The winter school is directed to PhD students and postdocs from Flemish universities, but also students from other neighbouring universities and research institutions are welcome.  Also the winter school will specifically address industrial researchers active in functional coatings or debating to start with functional coating research and development.