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SUNY-ESF Launches New Radiation Curing Program

Published January 7, 2014
Program consists of three online courses and an Advanced Certificate

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), along with RadTech International North America and other collaborators, has launched a new program in radiation or energy curing, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP). Supported in part by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, the program is comprised of three online courses and an Advanced Certificate.

RCP prepares practicing professionals, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, in the science and technology of energy curing such as ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing.

UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites, and other materials may be cured as an alternative to traditional energy-intensive methods that create harmful emissions. In short, these processes entail ultraviolet energy from a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB to instantly cure/crosslink specially formulated chemistries, using less energy and at a lower cost than conventional/incumbent methods.

The RCP program was developed by a team of academic and experienced energy practitioners to reflect current and emerging industry-relevant content and applications. Participants may:

• Pursue one or more courses on a non-credit basis.
• Pursue one or more courses for graduate-level credit.

• Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit.

The spring 2014 schedule is:
• Introduction to Polymer Coatings / February 3, 2014 - April 18, 2014 / Online
• Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies / February 17, 2014 - May 2, 2014 / Online
• Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety / February 17, 2014 - April 18, 2014 / Online

Complete information is available at www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring or contact Kate Wall, program coordinator, at (315) 470.4871 or kwall@esf.edu.

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