Core competence – Ultrathin Nanopool® layers

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has defined the field of “ultrathin layers” as one of seven disciplines in the context of different research funding projects. The core competence of nanopool® GmbH lies in R & D and manufacturing surface protection systems. The manufactured liquids, based on the principles of the wet-chemical sol-gel process, create nano-scale functional layers. Nanoparticles are not required in our process to create ultrathin layers. Not everything that contains nanoparticles belongs to nanotechnology; and likewise there are many different nanotechnologies, which work without the use of nanoparticles.

 

Our ultrathin nanolayers feature the following functions:

  • Protection against corrosion
  • Easy-to-clean surfaces
  • Dirt-repellent surfaces
  • Abrasion resistance (wear protection)
  • Scratchproof surfaces
  • Protection against moisture
  • Acid and alkaline protection
  • and much more

to mention only a few. We can give a wide variety of surfaces new or modified properties by varying the formulations, such as hydrophobic properties, thermal reflectivity, hardness or lubricating properties. The ultrathin layers of nanopool® GmbH are characterised by transparency, high bond strength and extensive chemical resistance. The nanoscale layers consist of polymerised SiO2 molecules, which are fully interlinked through self-organisation, and which geometrically align. Quantum mechanical effects occur at the boundary layers of SiO2 molecules, which lead to completely new properties. The binding properties between different substances are based on principles and forces, other than those that we know from the world of the macrocosm. nanopool® GmbH uses these binding properties to create protective or wear-proof layers on surfaces, which can withstand large forces, such as the force created by a high-pressure cleaner. It is the comprehensive understanding of these binding forces that makes the development of ultrathin, functional layers possible.

The pictures taken with a scanning electron microscopy show the homogenous, ductile structure of the nanopool® coating.