Light Metals Surface Technology

We explore, examine and develop decorative and functional surface treatment procedures for light metals, especially for aluminium

Tasks of the Light Metals Surface Technology department is research, development, characterization and testing of different surface finishing technologies (decorative or functional) in the field of aluminium, magnesium and other light metals. The improvement of the surface protection by anodizing or high quality powder and liquid lacquers is a main aspect of our activities. The growing demand for the quality of the products and their surfaces and for ecologically friendly and economical processes and products always requires new approaches to various problems. These can be solved at the fem in cooperation with experts from industry.

Research and Development

  • Light metal materials
  • Anodic oxidation
  • Cleansing and pre-treatment
  • Coatings
  • Corrosion protection
  • Process optimization


  • Examination of coating systems
  • Damage analysis
  • Contract research
  • Quality assurance, expert reports, consultation
  • Process-accompanying support
  • Accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 1702

Current Research Projects

The transfer of knowledge from research to industrial practice is all the more successful the earlier we cooperate with SMEs and large companies in our R&D work. This is why we are always on the lookout for companies to join the Project Support Committees (PA) of our new and ongoing IGF projects. If you are interested, please contact the respective contact person directly or use the contact form.

NEW: Energetic use of waste hydrogen in anodising plants Summary (german)

NEW: Development of photocatalytic anodic layers for the production of functional aluminium surfaces Research Project (german)

Development of an innovative multilayer anodized circuit board system for direct metallization for external LED applications with high power density; Subproject: development of highly insulating and adhesion-promoting anodizing layers on a laboratory scale Summary (german)

Accelerated test procedure for development and quality control of highly corrosive chromium plating systems Summary (german)

Development of highly insulating and adhesion-promoting anodising layers on a laboratory scale Research Project




Dr. Christof Langer
Head of Department
+49 7171 1006-500
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stefan Funk
Deputy Head of Department
+49 7171 1006-503

Equipment and Procedures

  • Application laboratory for pre-treatment and coating
  • Application laboratory for anodizing
  • Coating examination
  • Weathering and corrosion testing
  • Surface characterization
  • 3D IR and UV equipment