Heroimage Institut Fuer Oberflaechenforschung
Institute of Surface Science

Department of Functional Surfaces

A material is in contact with its environment by means of its surface. To protect this surface, the "Functional Surfaces" department develops innovative, tailored and functionalized coatings. A fundamental understanding of material interactions allows the areas of application of materials and components to be expanded. Even more, they can be supplemented with additional functionalities and adapted to the respective requirements. This increases sustainability and resource efficiency, for example by reducing or saving critical raw materials. We develop multifunctional surfaces and coatings for almost all industrial sectors, from aviation to medical technology. A circular economy is supported by the strictly environmentally friendly and resource-efficient design of the coating processes.