Functionalization and structuring of surfaces
Laseroberflächenfunktionalisierung zur       Einstellung der Wasserbenetzbarkeit

The LZH offers consulting, feasibility studies and process development for the functionalization and structuring of surfaces. Here, ultrashort pulse lasers offer manifold possibilities to modify surface properties in a well-targeted manner to match the requirements of diverse applications. One example is the generation of hydrophobic surfraces.


If surfaces are supposed to have functionalities that the primary material or the geometry of the part cannot provide, it can be possible to reach this aim by laser surface structuring. Application examples are surfaces that are optimized for a surface-near flow behavior, self-cleaning hydrophobic surfaces, chemically increasingly effective enlarged surfaces as well as electrically and optically effective surfaces.

The Laser Micromachining Group evaluates the general feasibility of a laser-based surface functionalization and structuring, and offers support for the following issues and tasks:

  • Suitability of different additive polymer-based manufacturing techniques for your application
  • Process development and optimization
  • Process-related constructional adaptation of the part
  • Evaluation of suitable materials
  • Suitability of laser beam sources, system components and designs
  • Minimization of the process time and costs


This service is relevant for the following areas:

Manufacturing processes:

  • Structuring

Material groups:

  • Alloys
  • Composites
  • Glass materials
  • Metals
  • Organic materials
  • Plastics
  • Semiconductors

Consulting, development and contract research:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Process and system development
  • Technology consulting and transfer

We will be happy to discuss your individual requirements. Please feel free to contact us.