The Analytics and Material Testing Group investigates damage cases, conducts research projects and supports industrial partners, experts and cooperation partners to characterize and to evaluate raw materials, coating materials, coatings and plastics. In our laboratories, we carry out damage analyses of defects on coatings or substrates as well as we investigate lacquer application on substrates (materials).
In the Department of Coating Systems and Painting Technology, the development and application of paint-related analytical testing methods is a key area of expertise. Our activities focus on organic coating materials, their material properties and application fields. These range from coatings for wood through wall paints to functional and decorative paints for the automotive industry.
There are many causes of paint defects in decorative and functional coatings. Among others, these include curing deficiencies, incorrect mixing ratios for 2-component paints, contamination by substances that impair wetting properties (LABS), the inclusion of foreign particles, and defects in substrates. In some cases, at least two unintentional changes of the system can occur simultaneously. Solvent retention is in many cases a serious problem. Sometimes, such effects would not cause any damage on their own, but in combination they can be responsible for major failures. Since the reason for the defect in each case is unique, a tailored approach to troubleshooting is required. In our laboratories, we have an extensive range of testing methods and equipment at our disposal:
On account of our long-standing cooperation with external service providers, we also have access to further analytical methods, such as ToF-SIMS and XPS.
We prepare tailored proposals with a selection of suitable analysis methods as well as process analysis and in-process quality control after implementation.
As a competent contact partner, we will gladly assist you with any problems you may have.