The activities of the Program Division Nanomers comprise the development of functional coatings and bulks based on polymer-matrix composites. A strong focus is set on application-oriented projects for materials used in industry. Areas of interest are corrosion protection, control of friction, anti-microbial functionality or wear resistance combined with transparency and barrier properties. Fields of application can be found in electronics, medical devices and optics as well as in automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering.

    Composite materials for multifunctional protective coatings and compact parts
    • surface modified nano-, sub-micro- and micro particles as design elements for new materials properties
    • integration of properties of inorganic materials in polymers and coatings
    • variation of the particle composition
    • variation of the particle morphology
    • preparation by chemical synthesis and wet chemical coating processes
    • supply of technology platforms for tailor made materials development (INM background patents and demonstrators available)
    Technology platforms - Multifunctional protective coatings

    Nanomer® corrosion protection coatings (heavy metal free)

    • Highly structured polymer composites with diffusion barrier effect- especially suitable for mild steel
    • Organic-inorganic Nanomer® hybrid coatings+- suitable for Al-, Mg-alloys, Zn, nonferrous metals,…, transparent or colored opaque
      • Development of an innovative corrosion protection coating for light metal alloys
        An innovative anti-corrosion coating is being developed for high-strength light metal alloys, which are needed, for example, in the context of electric mobility or in aviation. In order to be able to use the required high strength of the materials while at the same time saving weight, effective corrosion protection is absolutely necessary because the relevant alloys are extremely susceptible to corrosion. State-of-the-art coatings have so far developed their effectiveness through the use of heavy metal compounds such as chromates. Such substances have been banned in the EU since 2007. The new development aims at a complete replacement of the old materials while maintaining a good corrosion protection effect.
        The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
        More about the European Union and the ERDF can be found here:
        Nanomers® 10
    • active corrosion protection via functional nano particles
    • development of weldable primers (EU-project WELDAPRIME (
    • additional methodology: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), Scanning Vibration Electrode Technique (SVET)

    Tribological Nanomer® coatings

    • Nanomer® low friction coatings with intrinsic corrosion protection- fine-textured polymer composite with diffusion barrier effect- use of solid state lubricants (e.g. MoS2, WS2, graphite, BN, PTFE, PE, …)
      • long term sliding behavior, wear resistance, influence on stick-slip behavior
      • investigation of influence of liquid media (water, cooling lubricant,…)
    • Transparent Nanomer®- anti-scratch coatings for plastics and painted surfaces- ntegrated inorganic UV-protection
    • Abrasion resistant coatings- Nanomer® anti-fouling coatings- bendable ceramic Nanomer® coatings as wear protection
    • Special functions- hygienic coatings based on Cu-colloids (EU-project CuVito (
      • anti-fingerprint functions
      • flame retardant properties
    Technology platform - Compact Nanomer® Parts
    • polymer matrix nanocomposites for optical and engineering applications
    • nanocomposites via compounding- and reactive moulding processes