Injection moulding difficult nanopatterns with hybrid polymer inlays

Stormonth-Darling, J.M. and Gadegaard, N. (2012) Injection moulding difficult nanopatterns with hybrid polymer inlays. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 297(11), pp. 1075-1080. (doi:10.1002/mame.201100397)

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Hybrid polymeric inlays, patterned by nanoimprint lithography, are used to rapidly mass replicate pillar-like nanostructures by injection moulding. This is difficult to achieve with traditional nickel inlays due to the rapid heat transfer of the metal, which results in premature cooling of the molten polymer and improper filling of nanoscale features. Using hybrid inlays, nanopillars can reliably be stretched by up to 40% of their designed height by adjusting moulding parameters. Hybrid inlays display longevity of more than 2000 cycles and can rapidly be fabricated to firmly establish injection moulding as an exceptionally useful tool for the high volume prototyping and production of nanopatterned polymeric devices.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stormonth-Darling, Mr John and Gadegaard, Professor Nikolaj
Authors: Stormonth-Darling, J.M., and Gadegaard, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
Published Online:26 April 2012

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
462361Na PANILNikolaj GadegaardEuropean Commission (EC)214249 NAPANILENG - BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING