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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COLO5244M Colour Application Technology

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Long Lin

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should have a detailed knowledge of various printing and coating technologies. They will be able to critically evaluate the attributes of printing and coating processes and understand the physical chemistry of such processes.

They should appreciate the significance of flow properties and formulation optimisation, and be able to develop and evaluate appropriate dispersion systems.

They should have detailed knowledge of various drying / curing processes, together with the underpinning mechanisms.

They will have a knowledge of various anti-counterfeit technologies and associated materials science principles.

They will have a knowledge and understanding of the chemistry of colorants and the physical chemistry of colorant-polymer interactions.


- Design of inks and coatings formulations to achieve desired properties for use in existing and novel application processes.
- Physical chemistry of printing inks, surface coatings and application processes.
- Printing and coating processes.
- Drying / curing mechanisms.
- Anti-counterfeit technologies.
- Colorants - structure and application (covalent bonding, h-bonding etc).
- Colorant application (to polymers) and properties of colorants and coloured materials (fastness).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning201.0020.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours228.00
Total Contact hours52.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

248h including 20h online study - quizzes, note-taking, additional reading and research

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative exercises for workshops, and regularly-spaced online quizzes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment2000 word essay15.00
Presentation5 minute oral presentation5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)3 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:30:36


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