Biobasierte Binder für Naturoberflächen

Translated title of the contribution: Biobased Binders for Natural Surfaces

Martin Watzenig

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


Binders are substances that join and hold other materials together. This master's thesis deals with binders based on renewable materials and their characterisation and development for application to natural surfaces. Currently, most epoxy binders are based on the petrochemical bisphenol A, which has been suspected of being carcinogenic for decades. Polyesters and polyurethanes are usually made from fossil materials. Some alternatives have been found: epoxidized vegetable oils, sugar-based plastics or through mass balancing. Mass balancing offers bio-based plastics with the same chemical properties and lower ecological footprint. It is foreseeable that the demand for bio-based plastics will increase in general in the upcoming years. Either through environmental requirements or technological advances. This increasing demand for natural decorative interior elements will be met by this solution. This master's thesis is part of the softTOUCHwood project, which specialises in the development and production of scratch-resistant and highly flexible natural decorative surfaces. The aim of this thesis is to characterise three binder systems (epoxy, polyester and polyurethane) and then develop a pressing process to produce near-natural decorative panels. The moulded panels produced will be subjected to various furniture tests based on ÖNORM A-1605 and A-1610 and finally evaluated according to the criteria of processing, haptics, and mechanical properties.
Translated title of the contributionBiobased Binders for Natural Surfaces
Original languageGerman
Awarding Institution
  • Montanuniversität
  • Rieß, Gisbert, Supervisor (internal)
Award date28 Jun 2024
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

embargoed until 27-05-2029


  • biobased
  • binder
  • surface chemistry

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