Contract research

DTNW is an ideal partner for your ideas. We conduct goal-oriented research on your behalf. Our scientists accompany you from the first conception to the implementation in a new technology.

With four research groups, DTNW has an extensive range of topics and a lot of experience. If you have any questions about contract research, please contact the managing director Prof. Dr. Jochen Gutmann or the heads of the respective working groups.


Working Group Environmental Technology and Catalysis

  • Development of catalytically active textiles: immobilization of enzymes and organocatalysts for improved syntheses and processes in the fields of fine chemistry, pharmaceuticals, food and textile technology.
  • Development of innovative adsorber textiles for valuable metal recovery and environmental protection: raw material efficiency, recovery of secondary raw materials (“textile mining”), groundwater and soil remediation.
  • Replacement of conventional chemical processes by alternative processes and materials: use of enzymes, supercritical media and ionic liquids, biopolymers, polylactide fibers, etc..
  • Development of electrically conductive textiles: textile-based heating elements, textile-based solar cells, photovoltaics.

Contact: Dr. Klaus Opwis

Working Group Polymers and Carbon Materials

Application for polyacrylonitriles, electrospinning and carbon nanofibers for electricity storage

  •     Utilization and production of various polyacrylonitriles
  •     Electrospinning of polymers
  •     Production of carbon fiber nonwovens
  •     Use of carbon materials in energy storage and generation

Contact: Dr. Andreas Wego

Working Group Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology

  • Synthesis and production of functional nanomaterials:
  • Nanoparticles
    • AZO, doped zinc oxides
    • carbon quantum dots
  • Nanofibers
  • 2-D sheet materials, e.g. graphite-like carbon nitrides
  • Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers (preparation of hybrid materials with organic and inorganic domains with new properties) e.g.:
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Water repellency
  • Dirt repellency
  • Self-cleaning textiles
  • Light-active textiles:
  • UV protection
  • Heat reflection
  • Photocatalytic textiles
  • Green halogen-free flame retardants for
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Resin-based 3D printing
  • Polymer extrusion (WPC, E&E)
  • Textile-based adsorber systems e.g.
  • Micro pollutants
  • Perfluorosurfactants
  • Antibacterial and anti-fouling surfaces
  • Accelerated aging and lifetime prediction of textile materials

Contact: Dr. Thomas Mayer-Gall

Working group Interfacial Phenomena and Physical Technology Group

Physical methods for the functionalization of polymer surfaces are used to develop the basis for new filter materials, composite systems, products for textile construction and the automotive industry.

  • Polymer physics: polymers from renewable raw materials (polylactide), fiber physics, aging and degradation of textile fiber materials
  • Volatile surfactants: development of methods for the analysis and application of volatile amphiphiles (fragrances) in interfacial processes (e.g. coating, printing, emulsification, spraying, cleaning)
  • Wetting and transport processes in heterogeneous media: air and liquid filtration, oil-water separation, heterogeneous surfaces
  • Surface modification: fluorine-free / low-fluorine hydrophobic coatings, underwater oleophilicity, photo-induced deposition of functional coatings
  • Sustainable dyeing, digital printing on textiles

Contact: Dr. Larisa Tsarkova