Surface Functionalization

New technologies allowing rapid fabrication of two- and three-dimensional micro-and nano-structures on polymers, metals, ceramics and coatings, open new possibilities in the field of surface engineering. In addition, such technologies do not only offer a route to produce textured surfaces but they also control electrical, chemical and mechanical properties. Therefore, these functionalized surfaces can be used for example in biotechnology, photonics and tribology.


Special Issue

"Laser Applications in Micromachining and Surface Functionalization of Materials"

In this Special Issue of the MPDI-Open-Access-Journal, modern trends of laser micromachining approaches will be highlighted and discussed. The focus is directed on laser-based surface functionalization for a wide set of applications.

Deadline: November 30, 2021


Service offers

  • Development and implementation of compact systems for direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) technology
  • Accurate fabrication of periodic and quasi-periodic structures in the micrometer and sub micrometer range on plain and complex elements on metals, polymers and ceramics
  • Modifying the surface properties (e.g. friction reduction, reflection, bio compatibility)
  • Large area structuring using DLIP and roll-to-roll-technology
  • Topographic analysis of surfaces by confocal microscopy and white light interferometry
  • Fabrication of 3D microelements using two photon polymerization


  • Unit for laser interference structuring
  • Different ns- and ps-pulsed solid state laser systems
  • Two photon polymerization system
  • CNC-four-axes positioning systems
  • Reflected-light microscopes
  • Tribometer
  • White light interferometer and confocal microscopes
  • Roll-to-roll UV/Hot Embossing System

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10th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"

August 23–26, 2021,
Fraunhofer IWS Dresden


Center for Advanced Micro-Photonics (CAMP)

CAMP explores laser-based surface modification and patterning methods. Driven by current trends in laser-based micro processing, the Center targets opportunities and challenges in the development of new system, process and measurement solutions.

Press and Media


"Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects

Fraunhofer IWS Dresden spins off lasertech company


A fast, ecofriendly way of de-icing aircrafts

Surfaces functionalized with lasers

Partner & Cooperation projetcs

LMO Chair

Chair of Large Area Laser Based Surface Structuring at TU Dresden

Prof. Lasagni holds the Open Topic Tenure Track Professorchip of Large Area Laser Based Surface Structuring.


Advanced Light-weight BATteRy systems Optimized for fast charging, Safety, and Second-life applications


Laser-basiertes Prozessieren einer neuartigen near-beta Ti-Nb-Zr-Legierung zur Herstellung und Funktionalisierung von Knochenimplantaten für Patienten mit altersbedingter Osteoporose


Pulsed Rapid ultra-short laser surface texturing for Manufacture of FlexiblE and CusTomisEd ProdUctS


Konzepte zum Aufbau von Elektrodenarchitekturen für Hochenergie- und Hochleistungsbatterien der nächsten Generation

Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources (CAPS)

Neue Generation von Ultrakurzpulslasern und deren Anwendung


Laserinterferenz-funktionalisierte Leichtmetallhybridkeramik


European ESRs Network on short pulsed laser micro/nanostructuring of surfaces


laSer surface engineering for new and enHanced functionAl perfoRmance with digitally enabled Knowledge base



Green Photonics Award 2015 for Dresden scientists

In the course of the SPIE-conference PHOTONICS West 2015, the Green Photonics Award 2015 was awarded to a group of scientists from Dresden. Prof. Andrés Lasagni and Sebastian Eckhardt from the Institute of Manufacturing Technology of the TU Dresden, Lars Müller-Meskamp from the Institute for Applied Photophysics and Dr. Mathias Siebold and Markuns Löser from the Helmholtz-Centre Dresden Rossendorf received the prize for their joint work “Fabrication of highly efficient, transparent metal thin layer electrodes with direct laser interference patterning” in the category “laser based fabrication and micro-/nano-fabrication”.

Prof. Dr. A. Lasagni is awarded the Masing Memorial Prize of the DGM

Prof. Lasagni is honored with the Masing Memorial Prize for his successful research into the industrial applications of laser technology. He is a professor in the field of industrial engineering at the TU Dresden and heads the research group “Surface Functionalization” at the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden.

German High Tech Champions (GHTC) - Cost-saving laser procedure for large-area micro/nano structuring

Dr. Andrés F. Lasagni, Dr. Lars Müller-Messkamp and their team will receive the award German High Tech Champion in the field Solar/PV for his Business Case: Rapid Fabrication of Nano-Structures for highly efficient Photovoltaics.