The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has launched a new Radiation Curing Program (RCP). This online training program will provide industry professionals, undergraduates, and recent graduates with skills in ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing. According to SUNY-ESF, the program will benefit both those starting a career in chemistry and those who wish to advance in their current roles in the green technology movement.
Offered through the SUNY-ESF Institute for Sustainable Materials, the RCP comprises three online courses that respond to current and emerging demand for UV/EB curing and related education. SUNY-ESF is working with RadTech International North America and other regional and national partners to present this program.
The university describes radiation curing as an environmentally responsible manufacturing technique used in the production of many everyday products. Although it represents a growing portion of sustainable manufacturing, radiation curing faces a workforce shortage — despite the fact that that in New York state alone, nearly 1,000 chemists with bachelor’s degrees are seeking employment, according to Department of Labor statistics. SUNY-ESF maintains that radiation curing uses less energy and costs less than conventional methods. The processes involve instantly crosslinking specialized chemistries to cure coatings, inks, adhesives, composites, and other materials.
Participants in the RCP can take one or more courses on a noncredit basis, take one or more courses for graduate-level credit, or apply for and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit. The first courses begin in February. For more information, visit www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring.