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CUSA1061 Innovative Chemistry STEM Programme: Introduction to Smart Coating 創意化學STEM課程:智能塗層導論


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.


本活動將介紹尖端塗層科技。上午時段以授課形式為主,同學將會學習塗層的基本原理及化學儀器。下午時段則以實驗為主題,同學將會把上午課堂的科學知識學以致用,親自設計和調配防水和隔熱塗層。同學亦會利用所學知識親動手製造溫度計。在實驗中,同學將會接觸到各種類型塗層的數據,並運用所學技能進行數據分析。除此之外,同學更會操作尖端科技的化學儀器,進行塗層的揮發性有機化合物 (VOCs) 含量檢測。



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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