Binders and Coatings

Research projects

Here you will find details of selected research projects. Please contact us if you require more information concerning our project portfolio.


Switchable adhesives for timber-panel construction

How can prefabricated houses be built even more efficiently and with even lower resource consumption? In collaboration with our project partners, we are developing switchable adhesives for the low-waste production of continuous panels. If necessary, the joints can simply be unbonded again. This not only saves material but also increases the flexibility in construction and the recyclability of the building elements.


High-quality make-up without microplastic

Conventional make-up products contain petroleum-based binders, such as styrene acrylates, which are difficult to biodegrade. In collaboration with two industrial partners, we are developing microbiologically degradable cosmetic binders on the basis of the renewable raw materials cellulose and lignin. Our goal is to create high-quality, sustainable make-up products which are comparable in quality to conventional products.


Flame-retardant wood-based materials through lignin adhesive

In order to enable a more extensive utilization of wood-based materials in high-rise construction and public buildings, flame-retardant treatment is necessary. In this project, we are developing a bio-adhesive on the basis of lignin, which simultaneously serves as a flame retardant. Furthermore, we are thereby opening up an ecologically and economically interesting application possibility for lignin.


Additive manufacturing in construction

Will construction components for buildings soon be coming out of the printer? Through additive manufacturing (3D printing), it could become possible to build houses more quickly and more resource-efficiently in the future. Together with the Technical University of Munich we are developing a new additive manufacturing process for the production of load-bearing construction elements from renewable raw materials.


Bio fire-protection coating for wood

With its unique structure and chemistry, the Canary Island pine defies forest fires. An outstanding performance by Mother Nature! We have taken this as our role model and are developing a fire-retardant structure based on nanocellulose. As a component of wood coatings, it is intended to provide wooden components, both indoors and outdoors, with effective fire protection which will remain weatherproof for many years. 


Cracks in melamine resin surfaces

Melamine resin-impregnated papers are the dominant coating material for wood-based materials for indoor applications. In rare cases, cracks can occur on such surfaces - often weeks or months after delivery. We are identifying the significant parameters in order to achieve adequate crack resistance in melamine resin-impregnated papers and are thereby developing appropriate testing methods. 


Thinking Lignin Design

Many chemical products, such as paints, adhesives, plastics and synthetic fibers, are based on aromatic carbon compounds derived from crude oil, natural gas and coal. The vegetable raw material lignin presents a promising alternative and is created in huge quantities as a waste product within the paper industry. In cooperation with artists and designers we identify suitable application possibilities for lignin, develop prototypes and establish a communication strategy.


Flame-retardant bioplastics for electronics and logistics

In this project, we are developing flame-retardant, heat and impact resistant bioplastics and biocomposites which which can be processed by means of injection molding and 3D printing. Products such as light switches, sockets, motion detectors, cable ducts or charging stations for electric vehicles could soon be produced from biomaterials. 


Basic chemicals and carbon from old bakery products

In Germany, up to 700,000 tonnes of old bakery products accumulate every year which are not suitable for human consumption or as animal fodder. We are developing a process for the conversion of regionally available old bakery products into basic chemicals and a carbonaceous substance with an attractive calorific value.