Some important properties of materials depend only on the chemistry and topography of their surface. These include wettability, bondability, adhesion properties or tribological properties. By suitable surface modifications it is possible to obtain materials with new property profiles and thus open up new applications. Protective layers, e.g. against corrosion or scratching, and barrier layers, e.g. as a barrier layer for oxygen or water vapor, extend the shelf life of materials or sensitive package contents.
We give new properties to surfaces of plastics, ceramics or metals by applying thin layers or creating defined functions on surfaces. For this purpose we use gas phase processes (CVD, PVD, PECVD), wet chemical processes or combined processes. We have developed a single-stage synthesis strategy for open-pored polymer foams with functional groups.