Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Unique anti-reflective and self-cleaning plastic films to be ramped up for industry use

Date:
August 2, 2012
Source:
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Summary:
Scientists are developing, prototyping and conducting pilot large scale manufacturing of nanoimprinted materials with better performance and at potentially lower cost than current production methods.

A sample of a nanoimprinted plastic film which has patterned arrays of tiny nanostructures imprinted on its surface to give the plastic certain properties.
Credit: A*STAR

Scientists from A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) will partner with companies to develop, prototype and conduct pilot large scale manufacturing of nanoimprinted materials with better performance and at potentially lower cost than current production methods.

Related Articles


Fast, high-volume production of plastics with specially engineered surfaces will soon be available using a cheaper and simpler method. IMRE and its Industrial Consortium On Nanoimprint (ICON) partner companies are piloting roll-to-roll nanoimprint technology to mass produce two types of patterned nanoimprinted plastic films.

These are films with low reflectivity and better viewing angles, as well as durable, scratch-resistant films with 'self-cleaning' surfaces. This technology can be more cost effective than conventional batch production as ICON uses roll-to-roll processing, which enables the continuous, high throughput production of such materials on a large scale. Potential applications of such mass-produced anti-reflective films are in the mobile device and tablet markets while the self-cleaning plastics can be applied to surfaces such as walls of buildings.

IMRE and five companies, namely, Innox Higa Singapore Pte Ltd, Micro Resist Technology GmbH, NTT Advanced Technology, SABIC Innovative Plastics and Solves Innovative Technology will work together to develop the materials and scale up production of the films. Nanoimprinting technology involves creating arrays of very tiny, nano-sized surfaces to form unique patterns that give the surfaces certain properties such as low reflectivity, super-hydrophobicity (water repelling), non-sticky adhesiveness or anti-bacteria qualities.

In this collaboration, the partners are developing tougher resins for the nanostructures that are then patterned onto the plastics via IMRE's unique nanopatterning processes. The process is then easily scaled up using ultraviolet roll-to-roll nanoimprinters so that the films can be used in eventual prototyping on surfaces and devices.

"The partnership with industries to advance the technology towards scale-up will bring nanoimprinting technology a step closer to full industry adoption," said IMRE scientist Dr Low Hong Yee adding that one of the goals of ICON has been to nurture nanoimprint technology from a primarily laboratory-based process to one with industrial manufacturing and consumer application potential.

"Nanoimprinting is a very versatile and extraordinary technology that turns ordinary surfaces into functional ones. It is also encouraging to see the translation from science to large-scale manufacturing in such a short span of time," said Prof Andy Hor, Executive Director of IMRE.

"We are a company that specialises in photoresists and polymers for micro and nanolithography. Within the ICON project, we will provide tailor-made polymer materials for nanostructured functional films. It is a unique opportunity for us to adapt materials specifically for roll-to-roll processes as well as for "hard" industrial requirements which cannot be achieved by today's off-the-shelf materials. This will strengthen Micro Resist Technology's market business prospects as global supplier of materials for next-generation lithography and nanolithography," said Dr Marko Vogler, Business Unit Manager, Nanoimprint Materials and Hybrid Polymers, Micro Resist Technology GmbH, Germany.

"SABIC Innovative Plastics is excited to be part of this ICON project. It is a unique platform provided by IMRE for us to access advanced nanoimprint technology and enhance our core competencies to provide innovative solutions to our customers and end users in various market segments," said Dr Mahari Tjahjadi, Technology Director, Specialty Film & Sheet, SABIC Innovative Plastics.

"This is a very exciting time for us from the perspective of a local company. Since being involved in the pioneering development of cutting edge technology can put us on the global map, Solves is ready to support mass production using nanoimprint technology!" said Mr Koh Teng Hwee, Managing Director of Solves Innovative Technology, a local small and medium enterprise (SME) that helped co-develop the UV roll-to-roll tool with the IMRE team.

The pilot manufacturing project will last a year after which the consortium can further develop and market the technology.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). "Unique anti-reflective and self-cleaning plastic films to be ramped up for industry use." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 August 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120802150340.htm>.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). (2012, August 2). Unique anti-reflective and self-cleaning plastic films to be ramped up for industry use. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120802150340.htm
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). "Unique anti-reflective and self-cleaning plastic films to be ramped up for industry use." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120802150340.htm (accessed December 20, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Matter & Energy News

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Building Google Into Cars

Building Google Into Cars

Reuters - Business Video Online (Dec. 19, 2014) Google's next Android version could become the standard that'll power your vehicle's entertainment and navigation features, Reuters has learned. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
AP Review: Nikon D750 and GoPro Hero 4

AP Review: Nikon D750 and GoPro Hero 4

AP (Dec. 19, 2014) What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon and GoPro. The AP's Ron Harris takes a closer look. (Dec. 19) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Double-Amputee Becomes First To Move Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Double-Amputee Becomes First To Move Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Buzz60 (Dec. 19, 2014) A double-amputee makes history by becoming the first person to wear and operate two prosthetic arms using only his mind. Jen Markham has the story. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Reuters - Light News Video Online (Dec. 18, 2014) The U.S. Navy unveils an underwater device that mimics the movement of a fish. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins