The surfaces of today’s materials and products are usually finished by structuring or coating to meet the target requirements of the intended application. Once modified, surface properties define a product’s service life, quality and looks while at the same time providing protection, pleasing haptics or functionality. The Fraunhofer ISC develops solutions for a wide variety of applications on the basis of sol-gel coatings or lacquers and respective structuring methods. The portfolio includes the development of materials and processing techniques as well as contract synthesis of lacquer systems or quality control tasks in existing production processes.


Current R&D priorities

  • Protective, barrier and functional coatings for glass and plastics
  • Structuring techniques for hybrid polymers, glass, ceramics
  • Active surfaces – electrochromic, photocatalytically active or with integrated sensors
  • Surface analysis


Our competencies

  • Development of materials and processing techniques
  • Development of additives
  • Surface analysis
  • Pre-treatment
  • Wet-chemical cost-efficient coatings/lacquers
  • Structuring
  • Finishing
  • Implementation into production


Our services to customers

  • Customized protective and functional coatings for various substrates and surface designs
  • Surface structuring according to customer specification
  • Prototypes and demonstrators
  • Pilot coating, small batch production
  • Consulting
  • Testing of coatings and failure analyses – fast and confidential


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