Automotive – Functional lacquers and smart materials for interior and exterior

The industry-oriented R&D conducted at the Fraunhofer ISC offers a variety of new approaches and innovative solutions for automotive applications, whether in new brake materials, functional coatings for glass or interior and exterior components.

Current R&D priorities

  • Anti-scratch chassis coatings
  • Anti-corrosion coatings
  • Anti-reflective coatings for vehicle interior
  • Anti-pollution surface coatings
  • Functional coatings for textiles and leather (e. g. vehicle seats)
  • Environmentally friendly, paladium and chromium VI free galvanization of polymer components
  • Materials for passivation of electronic components
  • Haptic display technology
  • Long-life, high-performance lithium-ion batteries
  • Improved performance lead-acid batteries
  • Electrochromic systems for smart shading and light management
  • Improved composite materials for ceramic brakes
  • Smart magnetically controllable shock absorbers and brakes
  • Smart materials for control elements in seat adjustment, ventilation or sound systems
  • Functional additives for improved elastomers (e. g. tires)
  • Innovative light weight composites for component and chassis


Our services to customers  

  • Development of customized coating systems and materials
  • Development of sensor and actuator materials and concepts
  • Battery R&D
  • Battery testing and analysis
  • Corrosion analysis
  • Surface analysis


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