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Graduate Certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistry

The Radiation Curing Chemistry certificate program in not taking new student enrollments at this time.

The graduate certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistry is intended for individuals employed or who aspire to employment in sustainable advanced manufacturing industries, particularly those utilizing inks, coatings, resins, and/or adhesives.

This certificate program will introduce and strengthen knowledge and skills related to ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) curing of polymer technologies and their application. Participants will be able to apply a theory-based framework to appropriately select resin systems and radiation curing technologies that meet application needs. Participants will construct and use a decision-making framework to analyze, problem-solve, and work with polymer/curing/application systems.

This certificate was developed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), in partnership with RadTech International North America, the association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies, and other partners, originally supported, in part, by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, Enhancing American Jobs and Global Competitiveness: A Collaborative Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

Program learning topics

  • Fundamentals of polymer chemistry as they pertain to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives.
  • Industrial applications of radiation curable resins and the advantages / disadvantages of various curing techniques.
  • The interaction of radiation with the components of a radiation curable formulation and the representative surface/substrate during the curing process.
  • Curing technique and dosage appropriate to various end-use applications.
  • Application of radiation curable formulations to a surface/substrate 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.

Getting Started in the program

Prerequisite(s): At least one semester of undergraduate organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

ESF Students: You can register for these courses through the normal registration process. Graduate students currently matriculated and in good academic standing in their graduate degree programs at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University are eligible to apply for entrance to the certificate program; complete the application and certificate request form for matriculated ESF Students.

Earning the Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete & earn at least a B grade in the two certificate courses.

Certificate Course Requirements

The graduate certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistryrequires the completion of two courses:

All courses are available through an online format. The courses are designed to be accessible for people working full-time or with other commitments.

Apply this Certificate Toward a Degree

If you’re also considering a master’s degree and have earned a bachelor’s degree, certain certificate courses can also be counted as electives in a related degree field.


Dr. Molly Hladik (Primary Instructor) is a Technology Project Manager at Michelman Inc. Dr. Hladik holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi were she studied under Dr. Charles Hoyle, renowned pioneer in the fields of photopolymerization and photochemistry. She earned a M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hladik has over ten years of experience formulating and synthesizing polymers in various methods and mediums specializing in inkjet, flexo, gravure, and screen print depositions. Dr. Hladik is currently developing new carbon nanotube-based platforms and products, as well as developing deposition techniques for a variety of applications.

Dr. Susan Bailey is Technical Manager- North America with IGM Resins. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her current position, Susan held product development roles at Brewer Science and Hewlett-Packard Company. She was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Southern California, and Adjunct Professor, Linn Benton Community College. She is a frequent invite lecturer for RadTech International North America. Dr. Bailey currently manages the technical aspects of process chemistry and development of new products for the UV ink & coating industry.

Dr. Mike Idacavage, formerly of Esstech, currently serves on the RadTech Board of Directors and is first president of the RadTech Foundation Board. He earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry at Syracuse University where he was a student of Nobel Prize recipient Ei-ichi Negishi.

Course Descriptions

BPE 510 / Introduction to Polymer Coatings (3 credits; Offered in the Fall & Spring)

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.

BPE 536 / Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies (3 credits; Offered in the Fall & Spring)

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. Online Academic Year and/or Summer Session.

Certificate at a Glance

Required Courses

The number of courses required for this certificate is 2.

Approximate Cost

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Tuition is $1,386/course for NY state residents and $2,832/course for non-NY state residents who reside out of state. Please see the bursar’s page for more information and required fees:

Time Investment

The average time it takes to complete this certificate is 1 year.

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Katherina Searing
Assistant Dean
ESF Open Academy

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