Welcome at the Institute for Materials and Surface Technology/IMST - University of Applied Sciences Kiel

Research- and development activities at the IMST focus on the structuring and functionalizing of surfaces for antibiofouling purposes, optimized biocompatibility, energy storage etc.

Innovation Award 2019

In 2019 Professor Dr. Mohammed Es-Souni, chair of the Institute of Materials and Surface Technology, is rewarded with a price of 10.000 Euro for Innovation by the city of Kiel.

This was unanimously decided by the council board on March 21th, 2019. The price will be handed over with a celebration on the second Sunday of the Kieler Woche 2019.

Recent success

As part of the cooperation project “SuperContact”, the IMST succeeded in modifying contact lens surfaces with an extremely thin, biocompatible and hydrophilic polymer layer that allows the lens to be durably wet with the tear film, thus increasing wearing comfort immensely.

Contact lens that was not modified. The water drop does not moisten the hydrophobic surface.

Modified contact lens surface: the wetting is perfect.

New Publication


Non-fouling polymer films have a wide application potential spanning the areas of biotechnology, smart implants and submerse maritime surfaces. The films reported hitherto are, however, ultrathin and lack the mechanical strength and scratch resistance that could qualify them for technological applications. Herein we report on non-fouling polymer nanofilms that are grafted onto the pore walls of supported porous oxide structures that confer to them the lacking scratch resistance.

Scratch resistant non-fouling surfaces via grafting non-fouling polymers on the pore walls of supported porous oxide structures - Science Direct


New Projects

Development of innovative scratch-resistant anti-Biofouling and corrosion protection coatings for sub-sea optical monitoring systems (U_GrAnt)

funded by the federal ministry for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) in context of the FINO3 platform

Nanosafety Fast Test

Funded by the European Union – Interreg 5a

Functionalized surfaces with hydrophilic and anti-adhesive properties for optimized silicone appliances in medical technology (SuperContact)

funded by the European Union – European Regional Development Fond (ERDF), the Federal Government and Land Schleswig-Holstein