Prof. R. D. Kulkarni (Ph.D., M. Tech.)
Department of Paint Technology
This department runs B. Tech. course in Paints Technology and M.Tech course in Polymer Technology covering areas such as polymer chemistry and technology; pigments, solvents & additives; formulation, manufacture and application of solvent borne, high solid, water borne, powder, electro deposition and radiation curing coatings. Quality Dispersion Machineries (Bead Mill, Ball Mill, Pug Mixer, Sigma Mixer, High Speed Disperser, Triple Roll Mill, Attritor) have been installed to undertake pilot scale manufacture of paints and printing inks. Slurry Reactor with distillation and crystallisation accessories is available for carrying polymer synthesis under diverse conditions. The characterization facilities include instruments for determination of mass tone, oil absorption, reduced tone, dry (ultrasonic, magnetic flux, induction) and wet film thickness, conical and cylindrical Mandrel flexibility, Erichson cupping, Mar Resistance, Impact Resistance, Cross cut adhesion, Scratch and pencil hardness, Specular gloss & diffuse reflectance, hiding power, humidity resistance, salt spray corrosion resistance, pinhole defects etc. Application facility covers compressed air spray gun, wire / cubical applicator. Powder coating facility includes Twin Screw Extruder, Pulverizer and Electrostatic Dludised Bed Applicator.
THRUST AREAS: Telechelic oligomers, depolymerisation of powder coatings, latex paints, high solid coatings, ecofriendly anti fouling paints, nanospacers, blocked isocyanates, self cleaning/ hygenic coating, UV Curable Powder Coating etc.