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Coatings Research Institute

Mission Statement

CRI's mission is to be a leading academic-based organization that develops relevant scientific knowledge for understanding and for expanding the science and technology of polymers, coatings, paints, inks, adhesives and related nano-based materials.


CRI was founded in 1985 and performed contract and grant research by the resident faculties. In 1990, Eastern Michigan University obtained a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to establish a new Industry/University Research Center (I/UCRC) in Coatings. In 1993, the Surface Science Research Center was established.

CRI is dedicated to providing solutions to some of the tough problems facing the coatings industry. The Institute's competencies include:

  1. Polymer synthesis, modification, characterization and testing.
  2. Coating formulation, modification and evaluation.
  3. Fundamental research in material science: polymers, coatings, nanomaterials and technology.
  4. Raw material evaluation and new product development.
  5. Problem solving, failure analysis and process improvement.
  6. Professional development and training in all aspects of coatings and raw materials.
  7. Product analysis and characterization