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.

 

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. 

 

UV-curing printing inks from renewable raw materials

UV-curing printing inks are currently predominantly based on petrochemical raw materials. We are developing innovative acrylate-free printing inks from renewable raw materials using itaconic acid as a UV-curing component.

 

Recycling wood in lignocellulose biorefineries

Waste wood is currently used mainly for energy purposes. Its utilization as a starting material for the production of bio-based chemicals would, however, be more value-enhancing. In this project, we examine the opportunities and framework conditions of a technically and economically-sustainable refinery process.

 

Bio polymers for glass

Coatings for the decoration of glass are currently based mainly on petrochemical raw materials such as epoxy resins. We are developing an ecological alternative: binders based on biosourced materials. 

 

Durable, water-based coatings for WPC

The aim of the project is to develop a solvent-free, water-based coating from wood-plastic composites (WPC) for façade sections. Whilst solvent-based coatings for plastics demonstrate good adhesive strength and good surface wetting, legal regulations such as the VOC Directive (1999) and the Decopaint Directive (2004) mean that they can be used less and less.  

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