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Sustainable Surfaces & Membranes (S²M)

Antimikrobielle Oberflächen und innovative Membrantechnologien – eine neue Generation nachhaltiger, umweltverträglicher multifunktionaler Materialien“

Pathogenic bacteria and fungi have no place in sanitary areas, hospitals, air conditioning and ventilation systems, kitchens and food processing plants. In the cross-border research and development project “S2M”, a consortium of companies and research institutions declared war on microorganisms. The focus was on antimicrobial surfaces and membrane technologies.

The Interreg project initiated by Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V. involved 19 partners from the Netherlands and Germany. “The product and process innovations of surface technology in the border region were sustainably increased by the project”, explains managing director Martin Gründkemeyer after the end of the project. Nine product developments will be developed from laboratory samples to market-ready products after the end of the project and there are three company (spin-off) start-ups. In the field of antimicrobial surfaces, a polyurethane clear coat was equipped with antimicrobial nanoparticles, adhesives, sealants and gel coats were equipped with antimicrobial polymers, solar modules with antimicrobial surfaces were tested and a device for biofilm measurement on conductive surfaces was developed. A shower head developed for hygienically sensitive areas such as hospitals, a membrane used in food storage boxes to maintain the protective atmosphere, a (milk) filter membrane equipped with antimicrobial nanoparticles, and a novel membrane for fuel cells were developed in the area of membrane technology.

Bacteria and fungi can not only endanger health, but can also damage materials in production plants or cause energy consumption to skyrocket. Gründkemeyer: “In order to achieve antimicrobial surfaces, the use of conventional biocides and heavy metal compounds was consistently avoided. Alternatively, intrinsically antimicrobial polymers and high-energy nanoparticles were investigated and further developed for specific applications”.

Further information, also about the individual partners, is available in the digital booklet of the project (

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Planned project costs

6.531.635,70 €

Project Duration

1.1.2016 - 30.6.2019


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V.

Project partners

Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV, Transferagentur FH Münster GmbH, Universiteit Twente, Smart Material Printing B.V., CTP Advanced Materials GmbH, Emsa GmbH, J.W. Ostendorf GmbH & Co KG, nanoAnalytics GmbH , Parthian Technology B.V., X-Flow b. v., SABA Dinxperlo b. v., Wedi GmbH, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster, Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie, DLR-Institut für Vernetzte Energiesysteme e. V, Van Wijhe Verf B.V., Mikrobiologisches Labor Dr. Michael Lohmeyer GmbH, Aquamarijn Micro Filtration BV, Fachhochschule Münster, Wydo NBD,


Financer Amount
Provincie Overijssel 122.469,00 €
Smart Material Printing B.V. 137.456,00 €
Van Wijhe Verf B.V. 0,00 €
Universiteit Twente 37.986,00 €
EFRE / EFRO 3.262.330,00 €
SABA Dinxperlo b. v. 59.715,00 €
Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V. 6.967,70 €
Provincie Gelderland 122.469,00 €
CTP Advanced Materials GmbH 267.446,00 €
Wedi GmbH 38.996,00 €
DLR-Institut für Vernetzte Energiesysteme e. V 41.801,00 €
Wydo NBD 47.695,00 €
MB Niedersachsen 178.962,00 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 470.911,00 €
MWIDE NRW 536.894,00 €
Transferagentur FH Münster GmbH 0,00 €
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster, Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie 24.961,00 €
Parthian Technology B.V. 125.670,00 €
X-Flow b. v. 161.120,00 €
Emsa GmbH 174.613,00 €
nanoAnalytics GmbH 106.695,00 €
J.W. Ostendorf GmbH & Co KG 191.139,00 €
Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV 0,00 €
Aquamarijn Micro Filtration BV 121.980,00 €
Mikrobiologisches Labor Dr. Michael Lohmeyer GmbH 135.753,00 €
Fachhochschule Münster 157.607,00 €