ORMOCER® coatings – for creative materials
More than 20 years ago the Fraunhofer ISC developed ORMOCER® coatings based on inorganic-organic hybrid polymers. Till this day they are vital for the work of the Fraunhofer ISC. ORMOCER® is a registered trademark of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Munich.
The wet-chemical linking of the characteristic structures of glass-like materials (inorganic networks) with organic structures gives rise to nanocomposites (nanoscale hybrid polymers) having covalent bonds between the inorganic and organic phases. Some of their properties, namely transparency, hardness, and thermal/chemical stability, are determined by the inorganic network. The covalent linking with an organic network enables properties such as toughness, easy processing, and additional functionalization to be realized. Via the introduction of functional groups (R), further properties such as the elasticity, surface energy, and gas permeability can be adapted to customer requirements.
The key advantage of ORMOCER® coatings is their uniqueness and this makes them highly attractive for technical applications.
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