Home and Personal Care

Home and Personal Care

Home and Personal Care

Home and Personal Care


The group's expertise covers a wide range of synthetic polymers for home and personal care applications. Our largest area of research is the design of acrylic-based thickeners with superior thickening and optical properties for various everyday products.

Furthermore, we offer nanoparticles for a variety of applications in the cosmetics and household products sector.

Many years of research experience enable us to find efficient solutions for a wide variety of problems. In cooperation with our clients, we create the requirement profiles for the materials, the syntheses routes and the desired product properties and characteristics.

Our services

  • development of new cosmetic raw materials based on polymers or nanoparticles
  • innovative raw materials for use in household and industrial products
  • modification and application of raw materials based on polymer or nano/microparticles in formulations
  • development, refinement and characterization for formulations of innovative products for cosmetics, household and industry
  • expertise in the field of additives for pigment stabilization
  • selection, development and realization of tailor-made analytical methods for individual raw material or product characterization
  • individual solutions based on market trends and the latest scientific developments


  • polymer synthesis by: radical polymerization, polycondensation, polyaddition
  • different polymer types: anionic, cationic and amphoteric polymers
  • antibacterial polymers
  • multifunctional polymers
  • rheology modifiers (for aqueous, alcohol- or oil-based systems)
  • polymer modifications: adjustment of the property profile (molecular weight, charge density, polarity, solubility, pH sensitivity) and the behavior in the formulation

Rheology modifier for cosmetics, detergents, personal care and cleaning agents

Our rheology modifiers are easy-to-use, liquid polymer emulsions for thickening surfactant-containing detergents, cleaners and cosmetic care products. Thanks to the tan delta below 0.3 our polymers enables the dispersion of beads and particles as well as air bubbles. Hence, they can be permanently stabilized in suspension.

The main advantages and features of our rheology modifiers:

  • liquid state
  • excellent transparency
  • excellent suspension and stabilization
  • efficient thickening
  • shear-thinning rheology
  • good flow properties in surfactant systems
  • applicable in a wide pH range
  • very good compatibility with surfactants
  • synergistic thickening with salts
  • stabilization of emulsions


  • laundry detergent
  • dishwashing liquid
  • universal cleaner
  • window cleaner
  • floor cleaner
  • car shampoos
  • polishing agent
  • emulsions

For further information on the product, a sample or technical support for formulations, we are happy to assist and look forward to your request.

Particles - ZnO doped with Cu or Mg

Based on many years of experience in the synthesis of nanoparticles, we have developed a new particle system that has antimicrobial properties against various germs or fungi.

Moreover, these particles can be embedded in polymers or used to modify fibers and thus be used in the production of antimicrobial surfaces or textiles. The nanoparticles are available in different sizes (5 - 100 nm) and shapes (spherical or rod-shaped) and can be used in the following areas:

  • disinfectants
  • preservatives
  • antimicrobial surfaces or textiles
  • active ingredient in the cosmetics sector
  • neutralization of odors

Our methods and techniques

  • synthetic laboratories for polymer and particle syntheses (maximum reactor size 5 liters)
  • microscopic methods (TEM, SEM, EDX, FIB, transmitted-light and reflected-light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy)
  • spectroscopic techniques (IR, NMR, UV / VIS, NIR, Fluorescence Lifetime, Raman)
  • dynamic light scattering and zeta potential analysis
  • gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
  • scattering and diffraction techniques (DLS, SLS, XRD, SAXS)
  • viscosity and rheology measurements
  • thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • contact angle measurements
  • magnetic relaxivity measurements (T1 & T2)
  • tensiometry
  • gas adsorption isotherms (BET)

Center for Applied Nanotechnology CAN | Departments

Quantum Materials

Nano-medical Applications

Home and Personal Care

Nanoscale Energy and Structure Materials