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SUNY-ESF Launches New Radiation Curing Program


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 or contact Kate Wall, program coordinator, at (315) 470.4871 or

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