Product Development

A department in the field of products

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The core of the department is the product-related development, modification and functionalization of material systems. The focus is on plastics and natural materials such as leather, wood and stone. Our range of services includes coating and particle technology as well as compounding, crushing and adding various materials. Our long-standing expertise is the use of compressed carbon dioxide as a solvent and dispersing agent. With an eye to industrial feasibility, we will accompany you from laboratory scale to industrial scale.

Building Materials

By modifying or incorporating functional additives, we tailor material systems for innovative applications in the construction sector. Examples include self-repairing polymer and sealing systems, microcapsules, hollow microspheres, impregnated building materials, organometallic functional materials, and substrates for greening and mossing. One of the unique selling points is the operation of testing facilities to weather materials with regard to biogenic sulfuric acid corrosion.

Functionalized Materials

We develop and functionalize a wide range of materials from polymers to natural materials such as leather. The focus of our work is the use of compressed carbon dioxide for material impregnation, monomer or natural substance extraction and as a carbon source for mineralization and the production of valuable organic products. Other core competencies are the addition of additives to plastics, the functionalization of polymer surfaces and the customized production of powders for various applications by cryogenic comminution. Our process developments range from the laboratory to industrial scale.

Information material of the department Product Development

You will find the complete press releases at the respective links marked (press release).


Mushroom materials

Bio-based materials based on residual materials are an important component of a sustainable bioeconomy and contribute to the raw material turnaround. Fraunhofer UMSICHT has many years of experience with the production of fungal materials as a biogenic material source.


Greening of urban sites

System for vertical greenlining independent of the ground


Sulfuric Acid Corrosion (BSA)

Material testing: Weathering tests on the resistance of materials to biogenic sulfuric acid corrosion BSA.



From tradition to innovation in the tanning of leather! CO2 tanning - wastewater-free and resource-efficient


Cryogenic grinding

Full service in designing your customized powder products



Swellable Thermoplast-Elastomer-Composites

Reference projects of the department Product Development



Prosthetic replacement for arthrosis patients

A natural prosthetic replacement for osteoarthritis patients is being developed. The elastic femoral head cover is intended to preserve the joints of the affected person and ensure natural mobility into old age.



CO2 technology against microorganisms

Innovative CO2 technology to kill pathogenic microorganisms in foods with low water activity.



Environmentally friendly tanning

Environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective: New plant and process technology reduces leather tanning costs and completely eliminates the production of chromium-contaminated wastewater.


Vertical greening

Vertical greening in urban areas

Vertical greening with positive influence on urban climate and excellent noise protection properties: Novel mineral-based system can be used flexibly thanks to modular design.