NTN Innovative Surfaces™

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Surfaces and interfaces are among the strongest growing areas of research in science, engineering and biology. These provide an excellent foundation for the development of superior products and technologies.

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The National Thematic knowledge and technology transfer Network (NTN) Innovative Surfaces is the leading network in Switzerland for targeted and performance-oriented Knowledge & Technology Transfer (KTT) between public research institutions and companies seeking innovative surface technologies and collaborations to stimulate competitiveness and value creation. learn more

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Reasons to participate

Participants profit from first-hand opportunities to identify and exchange knowledge, to share new project ideas and to partner among industry and academia.

Innovation Platforms (IPLs)

Our IPLs offer a multi-disciplinary exchange for the exploration of cutting edge technology across various industry sectors through workshops and interactive group processes. At present, the following IPLs are up and running:

  • Innovation Platform “2D Surfaces Manufacturing IPL 2DSM learn more
  • Innovation Platform “Soft Surfaces IPL SoftS” learn more
  • Innovation Platform “Smart Systems IPL SmS” learn more
  • Innovation Platform “Praxiszirkel Hard Coatings IPL PZHC” learn more 


Biointerfaces International 2020 postponed to 2021

NTN Innovative Surfaces is organizer of the
Biointerfaces International 2021 Conference
ETH Zurich, 17 - 19 August, 2021
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Spotlights on the NTN Community

Pitches & Success Stories

Flow Chemistry

The pharmaceutical industry is looking for ways to continuously produce in modular factories around the clock. However, some processes of "Flow Chemistry" falter yet. → read more

Massgeschneiderte Oberflächen

Steigende Anforderungen an Produkteigenschaften erfordern vermehrt den Einsatz komplexer, mehrlagiger Beschichtungssysteme. Die Firma Eposint AG bietet hierfür teils mehrlagige Beschichtungssysteme für entweder komplette oder in Teilbereichen aufgebrachte Beschichtungen an. →mehr lesen

Expert Stories

Innovation Platform 2D Surfaces Manufacturing

Following the platform 2016 workshop series, the ongoing workshops aim at assessing the feasibility of the to day's inkjet printing technology on complex 3D topologies and thus provide the participants with the basic knowledge to adequately specify requirements for individually targeted surface properties. → read more

Learn more about the ongoing workshop series. here

Innovation Platform Soft Surfaces IPL SoftS

Functionalized soft surfaces are are key elements in a large number of applications, since they heavily determine the product properties. The platform's workshop will deal with the "structures on the mesoscale, that is, on the submicron scale, which makes the structuring still challenging and. → read more


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