The Surface Investigation Department carries out basic research, development research and services regarding new generations of nanocomposite lacquer coatings, which are to improve the durability or optimize the performance of lacquer finishing on wood. The research also concerns effective protection of wood colour against light by using nanotechnology elements, as well as new ecological lacquer products containing biopolymers and organofunctional silanes. A broad area of investigation is devoted to methodological research on the assessment of the quality and resistance of the usable surface of furniture and furnishings, especially the method of accelerated simulation of aging processes in laboratory conditions. The department performs surface testing for the suppliers of a global furniture concern using European methods, as well as according to individual customer's specifications.
Lidia Goliwąs , MSc
Maria Mytko, MSc (Eng)
Michał Skrzypczak, MSc (Eng)
Beata Wojkiewicz , MSc (Eng)
Katarzyna Dziamska-Stefańska, MSc (Eng)
RESEARCH AND SERVICES
- Research on furniture nanocomposite lacquer coatings on wood, which are characterised by improved performance,
- Nanocompounds for improved lacquered wood surface lightfastness,
- Research on hydrophobization of wood surface with protective-decorative agents,
- Research on the resistance of finished surfaces of wood and wood-based materials to changing climate conditions,
- Tests of wood-based panel surfaces finished with various techniques (lacquering, laminating, veneering),
- Assessment of rheological and application properties of lacquer products,
- Implementation of new standard surface testing methods (ISO, EN, and IOS-TM),
- Classification and attestation tests (approx. 40 test methods) regarding surface resistance to mechanical, thermal, chemical and radiational (UV, VIS) factors, and formaldehyde emission by an accelerated gas analysis method.