Surface Technology

Profile

Coatings protect surfaces, are functional or simply decorative. Committed to the environment, we from the ”Surface Technology” department develop paints and adhesives on the basis of vegetable oils, sugars, lignin and waste materials.

We carry out research for our customers on the entire value chain of wood coatings and adhesion, including the synthesis of binders, formulation and application of coatings. Method development of weather-related aging processes, standard tests and damage analysis complete our profile. We examine the products in their entirety and are therefore your competent research partner at every stage of the development.

 

Research Focuses

 

Wood coatings

We develop functional wood coatings for interior and exterior applications. 

 

Printing inks

We develop sustainable printing inks for diverse printing processes such as offset, flexographic and screen printing.

 

Adhesives

We develop binders for adhesives for the production and bonding of wood, wood-based materials, (bio-)composites and other materials. 

 

Additive manufacturing

We develop novel polymeric materials for additive manufacturing as well as innovative additive manufacturing processes which extend the application range of renewable raw materials.

 

Flame protection

We develop flame retardants and flame-retardant coatings for wooden components, biocomposites and further materials based on renewable resources.

 

Damage analysis

We perform damage analyses on coated wood, wood adhesions, wood-based materials and solid wood. This requires a combination of practical experience and specialized methods that we further develop continuously.