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 goal of the thesis is
- 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
We are looking for
Motivated students with a hands-on mentality in the field of physics, nanotechnology, material science, chemistry or similar
- the possibility to work in cutting edge R&D projects with renowned industrial partners
- flexible working hours
- the chance to be part of a young, interdisciplinary and cooperative team
Start / Duration
Now / 6 months
PROFACTOR’s research improves the competiveness of European Industry. We are pioneers of the thinking production. We bring production back home.
We offer for master thesis a compensation of min. 430 EUR per month.
Questions? Feel free to contact:
DI Michael Haslinger – Tel: +43 7252 885 422