SolMateS BV, The Netherlands
SolMateS is a company specialized in coatings and functional thin layers. SolMateS was founded in 2006 by 4 material scientists and supported by an advisory board of professors within this field. It is a spin-off company originating from the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology located at the University of Twente.
It has a strong collaboration with the Inorganic Materials Science group and Low Temperature division at this university. These groups have over 30 years of expertise in the development, manufacturing and characterization of thin film layers. These thin film layers consisting of mainly inorganic materials are deposited on inorganic and organic surfaces. The resulting coatings can possess (UV-) light filtering, anti-wear, anti-bacterial, hydrophobic or protective functionality and are implemented in many applications.
SolMateS has the knowledge, state-of-the-art research facilities and skills to make and analyze different kind of coatings. Pulsed Laser Deposition PLD, Sputtering (DC and RF), Sol-gel, Dipping and Spraying are used to deposit functional thin films. Accessible analytical tools are Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM-EDX), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM-EELS), X-ray Diffractometry (XRD), X-ray Photo Spectroscopy (XPS) and several optical, electrical and magnetic characterization techniques. Testing, treatment or modification of materials surfaces are performed in the cleanroom and chemical lab.
SolMateS can assist in several phases in the innovation process ranging from the first product/idea generation to scaling up from concept to volume. SolMateS specific expertise is in analysis, research, development and fast proof-of-principle realization. This is made possible thanks to SolMateS’ state of the art research facilities to analyze and modify organic and inorganic compounds.
In the frame of the POPART project, SolMateS will apply its knowledge and instrumentation to investigate, test and develop protective coatings for plastic art objects. A survey-scan of commercial available waxes or coatings will be carried out. Best candidates will be further analyzed and used for implementation of new protective materials on plastics. The final aim will be the introduction on the market of the selected or developed coating. An effort will be made to combine different functionalities in such a coating for cultural heritage protection; UV-filtering, wear and scratch resistant, adherence issues, etc. Furthermore, by using dedicated deposition tools the feasibility of applying protective coatings on 3D materials will be studied. The outcome of the research can be used for applying and cleaning coatings on existing polymeric art objects, and will be a guideline for the finishing methods of art objects created in the near future.
Contact person : Dr. Ir. J.M. Dekkers
Dr. Ir. Dekkers is a researcher and owner of SolMateS BV located at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) since 2006. He studied applied physics there (2001), and continued working as a Ph.D. after his graduation. His Ph. D. work on “Transparent Conducting Oxides on Polymeric Substrates” was carried out in the Materials Science group and the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology. He has a large expertise on XRD, polymer treatment and the fabrication and investigation of functional transparent coatings on polymers.
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- J. M. Dekkers, G. Rijnders, and D.H.A. Blank, “Role of Sn doping in In2O3 thin films on polymer substrates by pulsed-laser deposition at room temperature,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 88 151908 (2006).
- J.M. Dekkers, Transparent conducting oxides on polymeric substrates by pulsed laser deposition, PhD thesis, University of Twente (2007).
Website : www.solmates.nl