Welcome to the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials.
We are an academic department within the College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University. The department provides the only academic research focused on polymer organic coatings in North America, and is one of only very few such departments in the world. The focus on polymer coatings at NDSU goes back to 1905, when many paints were based on vegetable oils and lead pigments.
As an academic department, we are primarily a graduate research and education department where students may get an M.S. or Ph.D. with us or in the Materials and Nanotechnology program. We do offer a minor for undergraduates at NDSU who want a really good grounding in polymer materials science. Early in the summer, when North Dakota is at its very best, sunshine, big skies, etc., we teach short courses on coatings science and corrosion protection for people from industry, government, institutes, museums or other organizations outside NDSU who need a thorough, basic understanding of these topics.
Our Research Specialties include:
- Polymer, organic chemistry, responsive/structured polymers, nanomaterial synthesis;
- Corrosion science, protective coatings, conductive polymers, electrochemistry;
- Physical properties of coatings, polymer physics of crosslinked systems;
- Computer modeling, service lifetime prediction.
If you are interested in doing research with us, we have world class polymer, coating and corrosion characterization equipment in about 20,000 square feet of the Research 1 building in the NDSU technology park. We have permanent staff for serving outside collaborators, as well as our students, post-docs and faculty. NDSU has other facilities available (high performance computing, state-of-the-art electron microscopy) and in CNSE where our faculty is an integral part of the applied science and engineering there. Our faculty members are all internationally recognized in their fields and contribute in a broad range of topics. We welcome co-operative programs, and do research on typical grants and contracts, but we also work with industrial partners or other universities under a wide variety of collaborative agreements. In particular, we have a Center for Surface Protection where the state of North Dakota contributes to funding collaborative research that leads to increased technological employment and infrastructure in the state.