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Master thesis

Nanoimprint Lithography is a method to replicate nanostructures on large area. This is done by pressing a nanostructured stamp into a soft (UV-curable) polymer on a substrate. While the stamp is in contact with the polymer, the material is cured by e.g. UV-irradiation and then the stamp is removed, resulting in a nanostructured hard polymer on the substrate. Such an imprint can later be used as mask for metal deposition and thus define geometry of particles. Afterwards the particles can be removed from the substrate in a lift-off step and used further for biofunctionalization. At PROFACTOR we are developing a CNC-based UV-nanoimprint tool to fabricate these kinds of nanostructures.

PROFACTOR is a private, applied research company located in Steyr. We conduct research in the field of industrial assistive systems and additive micro/nano manufacturing. Our team consists of around 70 employees from 15 different academic fields. We work across disciplines to find solutions for the manufacturing industry and set standards in robotics, machine vision, simulation, 3D printing, functional surfaces and nanostructures.

The goals of this thesis are

  • to investigate basic processes for the replication of nanoscale features for particle fabrication.
  • to investigate different materials, for imprinting and their liftoff suitability
  • to further develop an CNC-based imprint tool for fast and relyable imprinting.

 

Master thesis

Additive Manufacturing is a key technique for individualized and functional products. PROFACTOR will intensify its re-search activities in the field of additive micro and nano manufacturing and focuses on hybrid production processes. One of these hybrid production processes is printed electronics via inkjet printing

Printed electronics is a relatively new field dealing with the generation of electrical features on various materials, such as plastics, textiles, fabrics, etc by unconventional process. While inkjet printing electrically conductive tracks is already established, printing of passive elements (resistors, capacitors, etc.) is still challenging. Bridging material concepts from lab to fab is a key step to introduce novel materials to printed electronics. The thesis topic is to optimize, characterize and design inkjet printed passive components based on ceramic enhanced inkjet inks.

The goals of this thesis are

  • Preliminary trials to select, optimize and/or develop ceramic enhanced ink for inkjet printing
  • Design and manufacturing of electrically circuit including active and passive components
  • Characterization of passive components (e.g. spectroscopy, microscopy, electrically, etc.)

 

Master thesis

Nanoimprint Lithography is a method to replicate nanostructures on large area. This is done by pressing a nanostructured stamp into a soft (UV-curable) polymer on a substrate. While the stamp is in contact with the polymer, the material is cured by e.g. UV-irradiation and then the stamp is removed, resulting in a nanostructured hard polymer on the substrate. An imprint with so-called anti reflective moth eyes structures is suitable for reducing the reflectivity of a surface to almost zero. A recent research focus at PROFACTOR is to apply such broadband anti-reflective coatings on freeform surfaces like polymer lenses.

PROFACTOR is a private, applied research company located in Steyr. We conduct research in the field of industrial assistive systems and additive micro/nano manufacturing. Our team consists of around 70 employees from 15 different academic fields. We work across disciplines to find solutions for the manufacturing industry and set standards in robotics, machine vision, simulation, 3D printing, functional surfaces and nanostructures.

The goals of this thesis are

  • to investigate basic processes for the replication of nanoscale feature on freeform surfaces.
  • to investigate different materials for imprinting and characterize their mechanical properties (AFM, Profilmeter, Scratch resistance,…)
  • to further develop an imprint process on freeform surfaces

 

Master thesis

Additive Manufacturing is a key technique for individualized and functional products. PROFACTOR will intensify its research activities in the field of additive micro and nano manufacturing and looking for promising production processes. Such a potential production process is based on molecular imprinting of polymers.

Molecular imprinting of polymers (MIP) is an important strategy of generating selective layers, e.g. for sensing applications as an alternative for antibodies. Besides high affinity and selectivity, MIP provide superior stability and ruggedness, such as tolerance to wide ranges of pH or temperature. Highly interesting in basic research, MIPs didn’t found its application so far, due to complex transfer in manufacturing from laboratory to industrial production.

Thesis Topic: Establishing and optimizing molecular imprinted polymers via novel Proto-MIP approach for bacterial targets – a reproducibility study.

 

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