Short Course 2022

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Registration Short Course and Forum 2022

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This year's 13th short course "Coating and Drying of Thin Films“ and 6th “Thin Film Technology Forum” will take place this year from May 09th – 13th. Like last year, it will again be a virtual event. We expect several international speakers from academia and industry. The exact programme is currently being prepared. More details will be available shortly.

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 & tapes, battery coating, paints & automotive coatings, medical patches & diagnostics, optical foils, membrane processing, printed electronics, fuel cells and smart 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 instructed by TFT staff members.

At the 6th Thin Film Technology Forum, renowned scientists will present and discuss recent research results and new trends in industry and academia with a focus on Advances in Printing, Batteries, Fuel Cells, Electrolysers, Smart Processes & Coatings.

Short Course 2021


Impressions of the virtual venue




Impressions from the virtual workshop



Click here for more impressions of the virtual Short Course and Forum.





  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. W. Schabel (KIT)
  • Dr.-Ing. P. Scharfer (KIT)


Speakers (in 2021):   

Short Course

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Wilhelm Schabel (KIT)
  • Dr.-Ing. Philip Scharfer (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr. Steven Abbott (TCNF, UK)
  • Dr. Robert Beer (Polytype Converting, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. Hadj Benkreira (University of Bradford, UK)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Cavadini (CN Drying Technology)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Harald Döll (TSE Troller, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Franz Durst (FMP)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Gilbert Gugler (IPRINT, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. Alex Routh (Cambridge University, UK)
  • Dr.-Ing. Peter Schweizer (Schweizer Consulting, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Willenbacher (KIT)
  • Sandro Spiegel M. Sc. (KIT)
  • Thilo Heckmann M. Sc. (KIT)


Experimental workshop @ TFT Coating Lab

  • Dr.-Ing. Philip Scharfer (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Wilhelm Schabel (KIT)
  • TFT group with topics in: Rheology & Wetting, Pilot-scale coating trials, Heat and mass transfer coefficients, Experimental drying curve



  • Prof. Dr. Ludovic Pauchard (CNRS, FR)
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Buchlin (von Karman Institute, BEL)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing Thomas Turek (TU Clausthal)
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Kleine Jäger (BASF SE)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arno Kwade (TU Braunschweig)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Tübke (Fraunhofer ICT, KIT)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hermann Nirschl (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer (KIT)
  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Rauner (cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Dr.-Ing. Bastian Westphal (VW AG)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Diehm (KIT)
  • Jana Kumberg M. Sc. (KIT)
  • Lisa Merklein M. Sc. (KIT)
  • Víctor Gracia M. Eng. (KIT)
  • Simon Ternes M. Sc. (KIT)
  • Andreas Altvater M. Sc. (KIT)
  • Julian Klemens M. Sc. (KIT)

and further speakers of the TFT group


Previous Courses

Coating International TFT Short Course and Forum Review

Feedback from the participants of the 2021 virtual Course and Forum

  • "Thank you very much for all the wonderful presentations and thank you to all the speakers! Hope to see you soon. It was really interesting!"
  • "Thank you for all the interesting and wonderful presentations."
  • "Thank you for the organization. We learnt many concepts and fundamentals and also new ideas for the researching in thin film technology"
  • "Thank you for organizing this wonderful short course and forum! It was super interesting. :)"
  • "It was super interesting, many thanks"
  • "Thank you very much for organizing a very good short course and forum!"
  • "Thank you very much for organizing a very nice online event. Really enjoyed the depths of the presentations"
  • "Thank you all for the great talks. And a special thanks to the TFT Team for the media support. It worked perfectly fine."
  • "Many thanks to everyone for this interesting week, I learned a lot!"
  • "Thank you all for the great talks"

Feedback from the participants of the 2019 Course and Forum

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Steven Abbot in his blog about the Short Course:
Short Course 2019:
  • “Excellent introduction in coating and drying of films. Demonstrates the complexity, offers better unterstanding of processes“
  • “Very interesting course, lots of information on all coating application! Building bridge from university to industrial applications”
  • “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”
  • “Good structure”

Workshop 2019:

  • “Good to see how the theory of the courses works in real life”
  • “Experiments were very well prepared and perfectly organized”
  • “Interesting, well organized”
  • “Good coverage of application of topics covered in course”
  • “Interesting material analysis; nice discussions"

Forum 2019:

  • “Broad topics --> nice“

  • “Good to see more application topics after the short-course. Very well organized, interesting“

  • “Good content“
  • “Very good selection of topics; all very good speakers“

  • “Really enjoyed the symposium“

  • “Sehr gute, informative Beiträge“

  • “Very balanced program and interesting presentations; very good organization“

  • “Very good forum again; please include more coating-related presentations next time - see you next year"