Coatings improve surface properties

  • Anti-adhesion properties
  • Reducing the formation of ice and ice adhesion to surfaces
  • Barrier effect
  • Scratch resistance
  • Reduction of friction
  • Antimicrobial effect/Reduction of biofouling
  • Biologisation for improved cell adhesion
  • Drug release
  • Photocatlytic activity
  • Metallization of surfaces

Reference projects

BioActiveMaterials – Sustainable and biobased packaging materials for safe food products

In the BioActiveMaterials project concepts are being developed to replace conventional, mineral oil-based and non-recyclable food packaging with biobased multilayer composites. These new materials should show suitable barrier values against oxygen, water vapour and mineral oils. Furthermore, they should have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in order to additionally protect the packaged food as well as the packaging itself.


Duration: April 2018 – March 2020

Barrier coatings

for the biocompatible encapsulation of electronic implants

Electronic components in implants must be encapsulated, on the one hand, to ensure that they are protected from the corrosive effect of the environment in the body and, on the other hand, to ensure they do not release any compounds into the tissue. To this end, IGB has developed biocompatible coatings that are only a few micrometers in thickness and constitute a good barrier to metal ions and water, within the scope of the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project ”Theranostic implants”. The excellent barrier effect and mechanical stability is achieved here through multiple layers of inorganic and organic coating, with high levels of cohesion in bonding between the layers.

Duration: June 2014 – May 2018


OSIRYS – Forest based composites for façades and interior partitions to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration


Indoor air pollutants are a burden on well-being and health. For this reason, Fraunhofer IGB is developing a photocatalytically active interior paint within the framework of the joint project OSIRYS. This can degrade pollutants by forming active oxygen species that chemically attack organic compounds when exposed to light.


Duration: June 2013 – May 2017