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SurFunction GmbH – Your experts for functional surfaces

Structuring Your Surface.

SurFunction GmbH uses a new laser structuring technology, called xDLIP (“Extended Direct Laser Interference Patterning”), for the surface functionalization of customer products on large-scale industrial applications.

With the xDLIP-Technology, you create functional surfaces from living nature onto your products – across scales (sub-µm to µm), highly precise, automated and in record speed (m²/min).

Functionalizing Your Future.

With SurFunction GmbH, you start into the next generation of your products with enormous quality improvements in the megatrends energy and resources, mobility and health.

Your receive everything from one supplier, from the xDLIP- Feasibility, over the xDLIP-Pre-Series up to xDLIP-Enhancement. This way, you will prepare your success in the future with only one partner, SurFunction.

SurFunction GmbH in numbers


Years of experience


The Co-founders of SurFunction

The technical principles of the company were already set almost 20 years ago by the co-founders of SurFunction GmbH in Saarbrücken, the headquarter of SurFunction.

Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich

Co-founder of SurFunction and head of the Chair for Functional Materials at Saarland University.

He recognized the potential of a simple physical effect to create microscopically small surface structures based on the interaction of electromagnetic waves (interference): Direct Laser Interference Patterning “DLIP” was born.

Prof. Dr. Andrés Lasagni

Co-founder of SurFunction and holder of the professorship for laser-based methods of large-area surface structuring at the TU Dresden.

In the following years he developed a compact optical system for the fast and economic use of the DLIP effect on almost any surface.

In the last 20 years, the two professors were able to publish more than 200 scientific articles on DLIP with their research teams and the other co-founders of SurFunction. This experience and the know-how built up over the years are part of SurFunction GmbH, founded in 2020.

Awards & Distinctions

In addition to the awards from 2011 (German High Tech Champion Prize) and 2015 (Green Photonics Award), the team won the renowned Berthold-Leibinger Innovation Award 2016 for the DLIP technology and the Löhn-Award 2019 for the best technological transfer performance of 2019 with TE Connectivity (one of the world leaders in the field of electrical connectors).

Löhn Award 2019 – SurFunction Team with the company TE Connectivity

Managing Director

SurFunction GmbH is represented by the co-founder and CEO Dr. Dominik Britz

Dominik Britz, Dr.-Ing.

Co-founder of SurFunction and CEO

In 2013, Dr. Dominik Britz took over the operational management of MECS. With him as leader, the successful transfer of DLIP technology could finally be achieved from laboratory experiments to industrial applications.

Partner and Network of SurFunction

SurFunction GmbH is a spin-off from the Steinbeis association, one of the internationally most successful service providers in knowledge and technology transfer with more than 1,100 transfer institutes/research centers and companies worldwide.

One of these institutes, the Steinbeis Research Center “Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)”, based in Saarbrücken, was already founded ten years ago by Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich. Thus, it became possible to develop the DLIP technology further, especially through industrial projects with direct application relevance.

Between MECS and SurFunction exists a trustful cooperation for the development of further application areas in the field of functional materials and surfaces.


The locations in Saarbrücken and Dresden provide companies with complete xDLIP systems and highly functional xDLIP surfaces.

In addition to the location of the central organization, the focus at the headquarters in Saarbrücken is on product development and material analysis as well as further development in the Extended DLIP (xDLIP) area with complementary surface technologies. In addition, the functionalization of small to medium-sized 2D components takes place there.

Surfunction TEC (i.G.) is the competence center for the development and production of the next generation of xDLIP optics (Gen II) in Dresden. The focus here is on process development and the functionalization of medium to large components up to 2.5D. In addition, Surfunction Tec has expertise in the indirect functionalization of thin plastics, for example with so-called “sleeves” using embossing processes.

Surfunction GmbH

Campus Starterzentrum
Building A1.1
D-66123 Saarbrücken

+49(0) 681 302 64967

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Big changes start on a small scale

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