Waterborne Coatings: Technology Formulations & Applications

Date: June 11–13, 2019
Course Fee: $1,250
Room: TBD
Location: Boone Hall, Ypsilanti, MI
Instructor: Vijay Mannari, Ph.D.


This course is specifically designed to provide a detailed understanding of the technology of waterborne resins and waterborne coatings. Putting in perspective with other coating technologies, the course focuses on the chemistry, technology and applications of waterborne resins and how they are used for coatings. The challenges of using water in coatings and how these challenges have been overcome will be discussed in detail. Waterborne coatings based on acrylics, urethanes, epoxies, alkyds will be presented, along with their unique challenges and strengths. Testing and evaluation of properties specific to waterborne coatings will also be discussed. The technical information provided throughout this course will be useful for chemists and technicians working in industries engaged in coating manufacturing, raw material suppliers, R&D, technical services, sales and marketing. It is specifically recommended for formulators, raw material suppliers, end users and quality control personnel.

What you will learn?

  • Gain an overall understanding of water-based resins and coating chemistries and formulations
  • Obtain a good understanding of water-based resins – acrylic emulsion, polyurethane dispersions and alkyds/epoxy emulsions
  • Unique characteristics that make waterborne coatings different from other coating types
  • In-depth understanding of the unique aspects specific to water-based coatings – rheology, film formation, defects and the role of additives
  • Understanding what it takes to transition from solvent-based to water-based coatings
  • How water-based coating formulations, testing and applications differ from other coating types

Course Outline

Day One

  • Overview of contemporary coating technologies – putting waterborne coatings in perspective
  • Why waterborne coatings? Discuss the advantages, challenges and emerging trends
  • Unique characteristics and challenges of waterborne coatings
  • Resin systems for waterborne coatings
    • Requirements
    • How are they different from others?
    • Role of water, hydrolytic stability and dispersion stability

Day Two

  • Resin systems for waterborne coatings
    • Introduction to latex, characteristics and applications
    • Emulsion polymerization process for acrylics and vinyl latex
  • Film formation in latex-based coatings
  • Secondary Polymer Dispersions
    • Polyurethane dispersions – chemistry and technology
    • Chemistry and technology of alkyd/polyester/epoxy dispersions
    • Testing and characterization

Day Three

  • Waterborne coatings – technologies/formulations
  • Architectural coatings (latex-based)
  • Water-based automotive and industrial coatings
  • Water-based 2K-polyurethane coatings
  • Polyurethane dispersion (PUDs) based coatings
  • Testing and evaluation of water-based coatings (special tests)
  • Defects, causes and remedies for water-based coatings


For more information, please contact Professional Programs and Training at 734.487.2259 or email [email protected].

To enroll in a course, please visit our Polymers and Coatings registration site.