As a COMET center, it works on projects funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, but also offers contract research and services such as surface analytics. It serves as an important catalyst at the interface between science and industry. In the future, the focus will be on research projects in the field of functional surfaces, corrosion protection and corrosion testing as well as the testing of adhesive bonding.
According to CEST, there is an extensive need for research on new adhesive bonds, which CEST is responding to by opening up a new adhesive testing laboratory. CEST is also particularly focusing on the automotive sector by operating its own laboratory for cataphoretic immersion priming. The research findings of CEST are also applied in the fields of antibacterial coating of dental implants, aircraft components, specially coating sheeting for the automobile industry, computer tomography and concrete guide rails.