INNOVENT

Developments and Projects

Projects funded by the Free State of Thuringia

Here you will find an overview of current projects of INNOVENT that have been funded by the Free State of Thuringia. The project supported by the Free State of Thuringia was co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 

2019 WIN 0003: Construction of a measuring station for process control and layer analysis of surface functionalizations

Investment in research-related equipment infrastructure

Project No.: 2019 WIN 0003

Project topic: Development of a measuring station for process control and layer analysis of chemical, electrochemical and plasma chemical surface functionalization of different substrate materials

In the context of increasing demands on components and their surfaces, surface technology is becoming increasingly important. For this purpose, the business-oriented research institute INNOVENT e.V. has been successfully developing new coating systems and innovative surface functionalisations for 25 years. Particularly in the field of "surface technology", modern coating processes such as the generation of thin films by using atmospheric pressure plasma, flame pyrolysis or the process of plasma chemical oxidation are applied. The associated technological developments include a wide variety of chemical, electrochemical and plasma-chemical surface treatments of numerous materials such as light metals (aluminium, magnesium, titanium and the corresponding alloys), stainless steels and special materials (Dispal®, molybdenum, tungsten), as well as glass and ceramic materials, wood, textile fabrics and fibres.

Within the scope of the planned investment, a new measuring station is now being built which combines sample preparation as well as process monitoring and layer analysis in order to successfully meet future challenges in the development of new specific layer systems and to ensure the competitiveness of the institute. The project includes a glovebox for safe working with sensitive surfaces and porous materials whose cavities must be filled with a defined gas for analytical purposes, a gravimetric titrator that delivers fast and precise measurement results in wet chemical analyses for process monitoring, and a glow discharge spectrometer for detecting the layer properties and functionalities achieved.

Since INNOVENT operates as a non-profit research institution, industrial customers and small and medium-sized enterprises also have access to our unique know-how and modern instrumentation and analytical equipment, so that they can also benefit from the location Thuringia.

2019 IVN 0118: Preparation of an R&D project to investigate the distribution and mobility of alkali ions in glass coatings and glass surfaces

Project No.: 2019 IVN 0118

Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project to investigate the distribution and mobility of alkali ions in glass coatings and glass surfaces

The project serves the research and preliminary investigation of the analytical possibilities and necessities for the time- and location-resolved recording of migration movements of network changing chemical components in glasses for the research and development for the refinement of glass surfaces by coatings and modifications.

Molecular dynamic modelling (MD) is an excellent tool for obtaining microscopically based information on alkali ion dynamics. With the simulations the corrosion process as well as the behaviour of possible protective coatings can be predicted with a high accuracy for different configurations and environmental conditions, so that time-consuming and costly investigations for each new configuration can be saved. The simulations require experimental verification and must be adjusted with the results. The R&D project has the aim to investigate different economically relevant glass configurations (float glass in the architectural sector, container and service glass, special technical glass) in the interaction of simulation and experiment and to optimize the surface technology.

 

 

2019 IVN 0117: Preparation of an R&D project to develop processes for the production, processing and use of functionalised basalt fibres in a value-added network

Project No.: 2019 IVN 0117

Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project to develop processes for the production, processing and use of functionalised basalt fibres in a value-added network

The applicant and four other companies are developing solutions for the in-situ functionalization of basalt fibers within the framework of the BMBF's "Growth Core Potential" funding instrument. The project will end on 31.12.2019. Laboratory-scale results are already available and can be used commercially after further R&D work.
Several conditions have to be fulfilled for this, which are to be worked on in a project supported by RUBIN. Core topics are the upscaling of basalt fibre production and functionalisation (reproducibility, economic efficiency, ecology) as well as the further processing of basalt fibres by various technologies to innovative, competitive products.

The economic and innovation consultancy Prof. Dr. Franz Rudolph was commissioned to carry out the work.

2019 FE 9071: Antibiotic-containing coating for protection against periprosthetic infections

Project No.: 2019 FE 9071

Project topic: Cementless, antibacterially functionalized ceramic femoral condyles with metal-free instruments (KeraKon)

Sub-theme: Antibiotic-containing coating for protection against periprosthetic infections

The so-called aseptic loosening as well as periprosthetic infections are the most feared complications when replacing knee or hip joints with endoprostheses in implantology.

With this in mind, the joint project plans to develop and test an oxide ceramic, antibacterial knee prosthesis and to provide the corresponding metal-free medical instruments for implanting the prosthesis.

The tasks of the subproject of INNOVENT include the provision of antibacterial coatings, which on the one hand have a long-lasting antibacterial effect to protect against periprosthetic infections and on the other hand positively influence the ingrowth of the prosthesis in the surrounding tissue (osseointegration). Furthermore, the establishing of a coating technology for medical devices relevant for endoprostheses is the subject of the work.

2018 IVN 0098: Preparation of an R&D project to develop innovative glazing and glazing systems for cultural assets

Project No.: 2018 IVN 0098

Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project to develop innovative glazing and glazing systems for cultural assets

INNOVENT's expertise and the problems of use (changed conditions of use due to new requirements) and protection of cultural assets can be effectively combined in the field of glass as a multifunctional, transparent material with unique combinations of properties.
For this reason, the requirements of the protection of cultural assets are to be combined with new technological possibilities for the functionalisation of glass and glazing technology within a cooperative R&D project to be designed.

The BIT GmbH was commissioned with the implementation of the work.

2018 IVN 0094: Preparation of an R&D cooperation project for the development of a fibre coating process to increase the service life of fibre ropes

Project No.: 2018 IVN 0094

Project topic: Preparation of an R&D cooperation project for the development of a fibre coating process to increase the service life of fibre ropes

Ropes made of high-strength polymer fibres - so-called HM-HT fibres (high modulus - high tenacity) - have a similar or even higher tensile strength compared to steel wire ropes and a three to five times lower average load-bearing weight. This results in up to seven times greater breaking lengths than steel wire ropes. The so-called fiber-fiber friction inside the rope is considered the main focus of development. This is one of the main damage mechanisms in dynamic applications of fiber ropes.

The texulting GmbH was commissioned to carry out the work.

2018 WIN 0011: Expansion of the technical facilities for chemical, electrochemical and plasmachemical processes Surface functionalization of various substrate materials, but primarily aluminum, titanium and magnesium alloys as well as glass and ceramics

Investment in research-related equipment infrastructure

Project No.: 2018 WIN 0011

Project topic: Expansion of the technical facilities for chemical, electrochemical and plasmachemical processes Surface functionalization of various substrate materials, but primarily aluminum, titanium and magnesium alloys as well as glass and ceramics

 

Brief description of the project:

In recent years, the "Electrochemistry" working group of the business-oriented research institution INNOVENT e.V. Jena has been working on numerous development projects for the development of technologies for the chemical, electrochemical and plasma-chemical surface treatment of light metals (aluminium, magnesium, titanium and their alloys), stainless steels and special materials (Dispal®, molybdenum and tungsten) as well as glass and ceramic materials, and the results have been transferred to industry on a significant scale for utilization there. This technology transfer is the reason to continue along this successful path and to pursue and expand the possibilities of this surface functionalization. The investment in modern plant technology now planned and to be realized will also make an innovative contribution to the competitiveness of the optical and medical technology industries in the state of Thuringia.

Objectives of the project:

With the new plant technology among other things for the process of plasma-chemical oxidation, new premises are being created to open up new fields of application for these materials with the surface treatment of light metals and to offer and expand a useful supplement to the surface treatment processes already in industrial use. The already existing competence in the field of chemical and electrochemical surface treatment will be expanded in such a way that a new specialist competence for surface treatment, especially of light metals and other materials, which has not been available in Thuringia so far, will be created.

2017 IVN 0080: Preparation of an R&D project for the development of an innovative hot melt adhesive for use in the textile industry and textile restoration

Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project for the development of an innovative hot melt adhesive for use in the textile industry and textile restoration

Within the framework of the project, the application for an R&D project should be prepared.

INNOVENT holds a patent for the production of transparent melting starch fatty acid esters, which can be used as melts and therefore solvent-free as adhesives. After initial research, potential was identified in the fields of "technical textiles", "clothing textiles" and possibly as a by-product for textile restoration. In order to obtain a market-relevant product, some specific developments still have to be carried out.

The Textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland has been commissioned to carry out this work.

2017 IVN 0067: Preparation of an R&D project to develop innovative conservation and use concepts for buildings worthy of protection

Innovation voucher A: preparation of R&D cooperation projects
Project No.: 2017 IVN 0067
Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project for the development of innovative conservation and use concepts for existing buildings worthy of protection as a contribution to sustainable, regional structural change in the East Thuringian state

It is one of the future tasks of structurally weak regions such as the East Thuringian state to meet the challenges of demographic change forcefully. The combination of technological and social innovations, cross-industry protection of cultural assets and the growing tourism industry in Thuringia holds considerable potential that can help the region achieve new radiance and economic power. Targeted research activities are intended to promote the ability of the players (industry, crafts, culture, tourism industry) in the above-mentioned topics to bring about sustainable structural change through innovation and networking. The aim of the measure is a successful participation of INNOVENT in the funding call "WIR - Wandel durch Innovation in der Region" (WE - change through innovation in the region) published by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Thielbeer Consulting was commissioned to carry out this work.

2017 IVN 0056: Preparation of a cooperative R&D project for the development of basalt-filled plasters with antibacterial and antifouling properties

Project topic: Preparation of a cooperative R&D project for the development of basalt-filled plasters with antibacterial and antifouling properties

Within the framework of the project, the application for an R&D project should be prepared.

The antibacterial and anti-fouling properties of certain basalts are to be used to create a corresponding functionalisation of plasters for different applications. The technical, chemical-biological and organisational issues relevant to achieving market maturity are to be answered comprehensively and in one (or more) collaborative research projects.

EBF Dresden GmbH has been commissioned to carry out this work.

2016 IVN 0033: Preparation of an R&D project for the demand-oriented development and production of continuously spun basalt fibres

Innovation voucher A: preparation of R&D cooperation projects
Project No.: 2016 IVN 0033
Project topic: Preparation of an R&D project for the demand-oriented development and production of continuously spun basalt fibres with the aim of achieving a consistent and application-oriented quality of fibre materials along the value-added processes.
 

Within the framework of the project, the application for an R&D project should be prepared. It is based on basic research at Innovent on the effect of different mineral mixtures on the properties of basalt fibres. In addition to research and market analyses, the project includes the investigation of the problems, the implementation of economic efficiency calculations and the development of an R&D concept.

The Forum Technologie & Wirtschaft e.V. was commissioned to carry out the work.

2016 IVN 0012: Preparatory activities for the application for research into surface treatment with active substances found in the nature

Innovation voucher A: preparation of R&D cooperation projects
Project No.: 2016 IVN 0012
Project topic: Preparatory activities for the application within the framework of an R&D programme at the Federal Government for research into innovative surface treatment with active substances found in the nature for permanent functionalisation of surfaces

Within the framework of the project, the application for an innovation forum is to be prepared. The common basis for the research cooperation will be the use of innovative surface technology and processes for application-oriented integration for the use of natural active ingredients. The entire necessary value-added chain from cultivation and raw material extraction to the application of products, as well as the application of different functionalities will be examined from the perspective of potential areas of application.

Forum Technologie & Wirtschaft e.V. has been commissioned to carry out the work.

2016 WFN 0021: In situ XPS investigations on the diffusion of alkali and alkaline earth ions in near-surface regions and SiOx layers on heated glasses

Business-related infrastructure
Research and development projects of business-related research institutions
Project No.: 2016 WFN 0021
Project topic:In situ XPS investigations on the diffusion of alkali and alkaline earth ions in near-surface regions and SiOx layers on heated glasses

The project aims to develop and validate a meaningful analysis methodology for the development of effective and cost-effective protective coatings. The protective coatings enable a simpler and more cost-effective production of refinement layers on glass surfaces or are a prerequisite for their development and application as well as for increasing their long-term stability.
An important aspect is the temperability of the protective coatings, which is becoming increasingly important for many applications, such as temperable coating systems on flat and container glass. Another aspect that should not be neglected is the improvement of energy efficiency. A better knowledge of the effectiveness of the barrier layers and the diffusion processes can help to optimize the coating and tempering processes in glass finishing. This could potentially help glass manufacturers in Thuringia to develop innovative products and processes.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and the company Eurofins Umwelt Ost GmbH were commissioned to carry out this work.