Coating Process Fundamentals Program (CPF)


Research in the Coating Process Fundamentals Program (CPFP) is designed to educate students, involve industrial partners and lead to fundamental discoveries important to the coating industry.


CPFP receives donation from the Eastman Foundation

The Eastman Foundation gave a $7,500 gift in support of CPFP in June 2017. The generous donation will be used to support the Coating Process and Visualization Lab.

Liu successfully defends thesis

Chen-Yu Liu successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Onset of Dynamic Wetting Failure in the Presence of Surfactants' on June 5, 2017. Chen-Yu was advised by Professors Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, and is now working as a Postdoc at the University of Minnesota.

IPRIME Annual Meeting

The IPRIME Annual Meeting was held on the University of Minnesota campus from May 30, 2017 to June 1, 2017. The meeting was attended by over 500 people. CPFP held a workshop on Characterization of Coatings and researchers from the program gave posters and presentations on their latest research results.

Lade successfully defends thesis

Robert Lade successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Flow and Drying Dynamics in Gravity- and Capillary-Driven Coating Processes' on May 26, 2017. Bob was advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Chris Macosko and is now working for Intel.

Coating Process Fundamentals Short Course

Over 60 scientists and engineers from industry attended the three-day intensive course on the campus of the University of Minnesota, May 22-24, 2017.

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Fall 2017 Seminars

2018 Short Course:
May 22-24, 2018

IPRIME Annual Meeting
May 29 - 31, 2018


Program Leader:
Prof. Lorraine Francis

Department of
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science 
151 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455