Graduate-level Online Courses
Radiation Curing Program | RCP

Professionals, ESF and visiting graduate and undergraduate students may benefit from this program in three ways:

  • Participate in one or more courses on a non-credit basis
  • Participate in one or more courses for graduate-level credit
  • Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit (you may still register and work on one or more courses at a time).

Overview & Outcomes

Sustainable materials manufacturing is a vital sector of the U.S. economy. Sustainable materials and manufacturing develops products using processes and materials that require less energy, consume fewer resources, create a smaller waste stream, and produce less pollution than comparable materials and processes. 

Radiation curing processes (ultraviolet light and electron beam), an innovative high-growth field in this advanced manufacturing sector, currently represents a $1 billion/year industry in North America. While this important and growing field is transforming the advanced manufacturing and technical industries, specialized training is drastically limited – until now!

Given the importance and growth of this sector, along with its positive and important environmental relationship, RCP will equip you to fill and/or to advance in roles in this field. RCP serves participants entering the UV/EB field and serves as a valuable opportunity for mid-career professional development and renewal for individuals with considerable experience in this field. 

The convenient and affordably-priced online approach entails instructional presentations, synchronous and asynchronous interaction, directed readings, and related learning activities.

Program outcomes include:

  • Fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. 
  • Industrial applications of radiation curable resins and the advantages / disadvantages of various curing techniques.
  • Interactions of radiation with components of radiation curable formulations and representative surfaces/substrates during curing processes.
  • Curing technique and dosage appropriate to various end-use applications.
  • Applications of radiation curable formulations to a surfaces/substrates and related safety operations. 
  • Environmental impacts and financial costs of radiation curable chemistries and equipment.
  • Current and emerging events, issues, and trends within the radiation curing field.

Course Descriptions and Schedule

You may register for one or more courses simultaneously.

Introduction to Polymer Coatings
BPE 510 / 3 credits / Online
Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions during synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.

Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies
BPE 536 / 3 credits / Online
Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.

Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety
BPE 511 / 3 credits / Online
Technologies used for commercial radiation curing for energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible curing of resins, inks, coatings and adhesives pertinent to industry chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Ultraviolet radiation (UV), electron beam (EB), radio frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) generating systems, along with ancillary equipment used to quantify energy deposition. Basic equipment functions, interaction of radiation sources with specific substrates and chemistries, benefits and drawbacks of each technology, and safety and handling considerations. Emphasis is placed on effectively selecting and justifying equipment appropriate for specific applications.

Who Should Attend

The RCP is designed for current employees in radiation curing related industries as well as those preparing to enter the field. Whether you are in raw materials, formulation, equipment, regulation or an end-user in the coatings industry, the Radiation Curing Program will equip you to fill roles and advance in this field. RCP introduces fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. Courses address the industrial applications of radiation curable resins, the advantages of various curing techniques with common commercially available equipment, and the environmental impacts / financial costs of radiation curable chemistries.

For advising and program information, contact:

Dr. Thomas Amidon, Professor and Program Chair
Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost, Co-Chair
ESF Outreach
235 Gateway Center / 2nd Floor-south
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6817
Fax: (315) 470-6890 


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