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10th Short Course on Coating and Drying of Thin Films
3rd Thin Film Technology Forum

June 4th to 8th , 2018 in Karlsruhe
early bird registration until 15.03.2018

The Short Course Coating and Drying of Thin Films addresses engineers, scientists and technicians working in the areas of coatings, functional films, direct printing, sensors, adhesives, paints, automotive coatings, patches, optical foils, tapes, diagnostics, membranes, printed electronics, fuel cells and battery coatings, who intend to get insight into more fundamental aspects with industrial applications or to deepen their expertise. Leading national and international scientists and experts from academia and industry will report on topics of coating technologies, rheology, preparation of coating fluids and about fundamentals and industrial aspects of drying technology.

Within the scope of the short course, coating processes and drying technology are explained interactively by easily accessible examples, both in lectures as well as in a practical Workshop in the TFT Coating and Printing Lab instructed by TFT staff members.

On the last two days of the course, the 3rd Thin Film Technology Forum will take place, where renowned scientists will present and discuss recent research results and new trends in industry and academia with a focus on Advances in Functional Films, Battery Coatings & Printing.

Feedback and comments regarding the past courses

Steven Abbot in his blog about the Short Course:
Short Course:
  • “Excellent introduction in coating and drying of films. It demonstrates the complexity and offers a better understanding of the processes.”
  • “Very interesting course, lots of information in all coating application! Building a bridge from university to industrial applications.”
  • “Good structure.”
  • “Well built-up structure, wide range of theory and application covered too short time for discussion/break“
  • “High level talks with broad range of topics but with good scientific and practical depth, also on application.”
  • “Inhaltlich sehr interessant, offene wissenschaftliche Diskussionen, sehr gute persönliche Atmosphäre und Kontakte”
  • “Sehr gut organisiert, exzellent ausgewählte Themen, sehr motivierte Referenten”
  • “Sehr breites Spektrum, sehr tiefgehend”
  • “Good to see how the theory of the courses works in real life”
  • “Experiments were very well prepared and perfectly organized ”
  • “Interesting, well organized”
  • “Sehr anschaulich und professionell”
  • “Sehr gut ergänzend zur Theorie und Möglichkeiten zu fragen” 




  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. W. Schabel (KIT)
  • Dr.-Ing. P. Scharfer (KIT)
Past speakers from industry and academia
  • Prof. Dr. N. Willenbacher (KIT, DE)
  • Dipl.-Ing. P. Cavadini (DE)
  • Dipl.-Ing. G. Gugler (IPRINT, CH)
  • Dr. P. Schweizer (Schweizer Consulting, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. H. Benkreira (University of Bradford, UK)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. F. Durst (FMP Technology, DE)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Wolfram Szczepaniak (Kroenert, DE)
  • Dr. A. Routh (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Dr. Kai K. O. Bär (adphos Digital Printig GmbH, DE)
  • Prof. Dr. S. Abbott (UK)
  • Dipl.-Ing. H. Döll (TSE Troller AG, CH)
  • Ir. I. de Vries (Holst Centre, NL)
  • Prof. Dr. P. Blom (MPI Polymer Research, DE)
  • Dr. U. Paetzold (KIT, DE)
  • Dr. A. Modlinger (Litarion, DE)
  • Dr. S. Guldin (UCL, UK)
  • Dr. S. Zöllner (tesa SE, DE)
  • Dr. G. Newcombe (Archipelago Technology, UK)
  • Prof. Dr. F. Bircher (IPRINT, CH)
  • Dr. A. Huth (VW-VARTA Microbattery, DE)
  • and speakers of the TFT working group