Tailor-made material properties with intelligent adhesives, self-healing coatings and adaptive composites
With the aim of equipping components and materials with additional functionalities, "stimuli-responsive" adhesives, self-healing paint systems or adaptive composites are being developed. Against the background of resource scarcity and increasing pollution of the environment with plastics, polymer materials based on renewable or biodegradable raw materials play a major role. For example, starch-based adhesives are being developed for wood bonding, biocomposites made from biopolymers and natural fibers for the packaging industry or agriculture, and additives made from chitosan for antifouling coatings. Carbon dioxide also plays a role as a raw material and synthesis component in order to relieve the atmosphere of this greenhouse gas. Here we present some of the research topics.