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CUSA1061 Innovative Chemistry STEM Programme: Introduction to Smart Coating 创意化学STEM课程:智能涂层导论


A coating is a layer that is applied to the surface of an object for functional, decorative or both purposes. Painting is one of the most conventional types of coating for wall, metal surface or glass surface to retard corrosion or mold formation of the base surface. Smart coating refers to a coating which is able to sense its environment and make an appropriate response to that stimulus.

In this programme, students will learn the most advanced coating technology. Students will attend lectures on the coating theory and chemical instrumentation for coating in the morning. Equipped with the specific scientific knowledge from the lecture, students will make use of what they have learnt to perform exciting experiments in the afternoon. The experiments include to design and fabricate superhydrophobic and heat-resistant coatings, to construct a thermometer by themselves, to handle and analyze data of various paints, and to determine volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in different paints using sophisticated chemical instruments with the latest technology.

Learning should not be confined to classrooms. Other than STEM education, students are going to have a glimpse into our chemistry curriculum and CUHK. Admission talk, laboratory tour, campus tour and CUHK treasure hunt will be arranged for students, so as to make the programme more fruitful and enjoyable for students.


本活动将介绍尖端涂层科技。上午时段以授课形式为主,同学将会学习涂层的基本原理及化学仪器。下午时段则以实验为主题,同学将会把上午课堂的科学知识学以致用,亲自设计和调配防水和隔热涂层。同学亦会利用所学知识亲动手制造温度计。在实验中,同学将会接触到各种类型涂层的数据,并运用所学技能进行数据分析。除此之外,同学更会操作尖端科技的化学仪器,进行涂层的挥发性有机化合物 (VOCs) 含量检测。



Organising units:  
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
  • Science Academy for Young Talent, Faculty of Science, CUHK
  • Department of Chemistry, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  acquire some important knowledge of elementary to intermediate levels on the following fundamental chemistry topics:
  • obtain concrete knowledge of advanced coating technology
  • design and fabricate superhydrophobic and heat-resistant coating on a surface by utilizing the knowledge gained
  • gain hands-on experience on constructing a thermometer by utilizing the knowledge gained
  • handle and analyze data of various paints
  • have a comprehensive understanding of chemical instrumentation for coating technology
  • understand and operate chemical instrument to determine VOCs in paints
  • know more about the Chemistry curriculum of CUHK
  • have a touch of knowledge of CUHK
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Exercise & Assisgnments
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
Assessment:   Short answer test or exam
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1.75
Expected applicants:   students who will be in S5 or S6
Organising period:   Summer 2018, Summer 2019
Application method:    
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