About NTN Innovative Surfaces


The mission of the National Thematic knowledge and technology transfer Network (NTN) is to foster collaboration between technology companies and knowledge institutions to leverage the promises of advanced surface technologies.

Community Networking

The NTN provides opportunities for the partnering of top tier knowledge institutions and technology companies.

Membership Benefits

Members profit from the network's technology base and knowledge about the state of the art as well as from platforms for the assesment of trends and the solving of open issues shaping the future of surface technologies.

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Board and Management

The NTN is led and managed by: 

Cluster Executives

President of the Board: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +41 26 401 3432

Managing Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +41 71 277 9346

Non-Executive Members of the Board
Dr. Beat Gasser, RMS Foundation

Dr. Pierre Fayet, Adhémon Sàrl 

Dr. Giancarlo Gullo, Metoxid AG

Dr. Andreas Hafner, BASF (Schweiz) AG

Prof. Dr. Patrik Hoffmann, Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Dr. Rita Hofmann, BFH

Dipl.-Ing. ETH Robert Rudolph, Swissmem

Dr. Samuele G.P. Tosatti, SuSoS AG

Expert Committee

The Expert Committee is a cross disciplinary group of experts coming from academia, research centres and industry.

Members of the expert Committee are:

  • experienced in applied research in the thematic context of the NTN
  • provide scientific advice to the NTN Board and Management on a variety of important issues and on specific promises of relevant research initiatives.

Members of the Expert Committee


Become a Member of the NTN


Leverage your resources and build up opportunities for your business.

Become a member, the articles of the Association NTN Innovative Surfaces can be downloaded here

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Beiträge Mitgliedschaft 2015

Get your membership application form here

Membership Application Form

Formular Mitgliedschaftsantrag


Overview of past General Assemblies

The General Assembly convenes annually


Index of Members

Currently, the association has the following members:

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