Sol-gel and Wetcoatings

Formulation and application on any kind of substrates.

The aim of our research is the development of user-friendly processes to obtain multifunctional and durable coatings.

Protection of metals, self-healing, easy-to-clean, anti-bacterial, anti-UV, mechanical and thermal resistance are the properties enhanced with our sol-gel formulations.


  • Protection of paints
  • High temperature resistant top-layer in powerplants
  • Nanocontainers incorportated in coatings for self-healing
  • Hydrophobic coatings
  • Coloured sol-gel
  • Anti-fouling top layer


  • Hard, scratch and wear resistant coatings
  • Thermal tunable properties
  • Smart enhanced corrosion resistant coatings
  • Low friction coefficient layers
  • Easy to clean, Anti fingerprint and anti-graffiti coatings
  • Bioactive and anti-bacterial films
  • Aesthetic surfaces


Marie-Eve Druart
Scientific Leader

Publications / Patents

[1] Elaboration and characterization of a multifunctional silane/ZnO hybrid nanocomposite coating,  Nicolay, A. Lanzutti, M. Poelman, B. Ruelle, L. Fedrizzi, Ph. Dubois, M.-G. Olivier, Applied Surface Science 327, 379-388 (2015)

[2] Electrochemical characterisation of TiO2 nanotube array photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cell application, A.-F.Kanta, M.Poelman, A.Decroly, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 133, 76–81 (2015)

[3] Thermal curing study of bisphenol A Benzoxazine for barrier coating applications on 1050 aluminum alloy , Escobar Julien, Poorteman Marc, Dumas Ludovic, Bonnaud Leila, Dubois Philippe, Olivier Marie-Georges, Progress in Organic Coatings, 79, 53-61 (2015)

[4] Effect of Na-Montmorillonite sonication on the protective properties of hybrid silica coatings, E. Callone, F. Deflorian, S. Diré, M. Fedel, M.-G. Olivier, M. Poelman, Electrochimica Acta, 124, 90-99 (2014)

[5] Thermal curing study of bisphenol a benzoxazine for barrier coating applications on 1050 aluminum alloy , J. Escobar, M. Poorteman, L. Dumas, L. Bonnaud, P. Dubois, M-G. Olivier, Organic Coatings, 79, 53-61 (2014)

[6] High performance benzoxazine/CNT nanohybrid network – An easy and scalable way to combine attractive properties, L. Dumas, L. Bonnaud, M-G. Olivier, M. Poorteman, P. Dubois, European Polymer Journal, 58, 218-225 (2014)

[7] Corrosion protection of clad 2024 aluminum  alloy anodized in tartaric-sulfuric acid bath  and protected with hybrid sol–gel coating, V.R. Capelossi, M. Poelman, I. Recloux, R.P.B. Hernandez, H.G. De Melo, M.G. Olivier, Electrochimica Acta ,124 , 2014 69-79 (2014)

[8] Deposition of cerium oxide thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering for the development of corrosion protective coatings, S. Ershov,  -E.Druart, M. Poelman, D. Cossement, R. Snyders, M.-G. Olivier, Corrosion Science, 75, 158-168 (2013)

[9] Synergistic effect of clay nanoparticles and cerium component on the corrosion behavior of eco-friendly silane sol–gel layer applied on pure aluminum, R. Naderi, M. Fedel, M. Poelman, M. Olivier, F. Deflorian, Surface and Coatings Technology, 224 93-100 (2013)

[10] Optimization of silane sol–gel coatings for the protection of aluminium components of heat exchangers, R. Naderi, M. Fedel, T. Urios, M. Poelman, M.-G. Olivier, F. Deflorian, Surface and Interface Analysis, 45, 1457-1466 (2013)