Surface Technology

Research projects

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sustainable offset printing inks with lignin

Paper products such as newspapers, information material or greeting cards are predominantly produced by means of offset printing processes. Conventional offset printing inks usually contain binding agents with colophony. A sustainable and regionally available alternative could be presented by lignin, one of the three main constituents of wood. We are developing a process for the production of lignin-based binders for offset printing inks. 

 

3D materials made from plant residues

How will we manage to manufacture all kinds of products in the future without using fossil resources such as crude oil? Agricultural and forestry residues such as lignocellulose play a key role here. Together with project partners in Europe and South America, we are developing technologies for the cost-efficient production of biochemicals, bioplastics, biocomposites and tailor-made nanocellulose. 

 

3D materials made from plant residues

Common UV-curing materials for the additive manufacturing exhibit a number of disadvantages, such as high shrinkage, high brittleness and low dimensional stability under heat. Together with industry companies, we develop innovative and, in addition, bio-based materials with improved properties for three additive manufacturing techniques with UV light.