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Subwavelength Nanostructure Pilot (Sun-Pilot)

Descripción del proyecto

Revolución en el proceso de fabricación de superficies nanoestructuradas

La explotación comercial de superficies nanoestructuradas es limitada debido a la falta de métodos de creación de nanopatrones rentables y escalables. Sin embargo, estas superficies tienen un enorme potencial para mejorar productos como los dispositivos fotónicos, los paneles solares y las piezas de automoción. Por desgracia, el proceso de fabricación actual supone un obstáculo importante. El objetivo del proyecto SUN-PILOT, financiado con fondos europeos, es resolver este problema creando una plataforma novedosa y rentable para la fabricación masiva de superficies ópticas antirreflectantes con nanopatrones, resistentes al rayado y al desgaste. Esta innovación no solo mejorará la relación rendimiento/coste de los dispositivos fotónicos, sino que también creará oportunidades para conseguir superficies más ligeras y funcionales en la industria del automóvil, lo que convertirá a Europa en líder en este campo.

Objetivo

Nanostructured surfaces that engineer the interaction between an object and its surroundings are a subject of scientific and manufacturing importance. Nature routinely creates nanostructured surfaces with fascinating properties, such as antireflective moth eyes, self-cleaning lotus leaves, colourful butterfly wings, and water harvesting desert beetles. Well defined nanostructured surfaces have huge commercial potential due to product enhancement: reduced reflectivity in photonic devices and solar panels, antiglare plastic parts for the automotive industry, hydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces for smart packaging, antireflective and smudge-free smartphone displays, and biofouling resistant marine and water treatment systems. Unfortunately, the lack of cost-effective, scalable, nanopatterning methods is a major hurdle for the commercial exploitation of nanopatterned surfaces. SUN-PILOT will address this challenge by developing a novel and cost effective platform for up-scaling sub-wavelength nanostructures fabrication techniques that can be applied to curved surfaces such as optical lenses, and the mass production of metal moulds for injection moulding of plastic parts. The expected impact of SUN-PILOT for the Optics Industry is a disruptive technology that will boost the performance/cost ratio of photonic devices by piloting mass fabrication of scratch and wear resistant nanopatterned antireflective optical surfaces. Significant enhancement will be achieved in the efficiency of optical components and systems incorporating these devices, such as laser systems, electronic displays, security cameras and medical devices. The Automotive Industry will benefit from a novel method to produce functional surfaces at lower cost and lighter weight than existing lamination methods. This proposal brings together scientists and engineers to span innovation, business development and the product cycle from suppliers to end users and will ensure a leadership role of for Europe.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-IND-CE-2016-17

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Convocatoria de subcontratación

H2020-NMBP-PILOTS-2017

Régimen de financiación

IA - Innovation action

Coordinador

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 2 170 658,00
Dirección
COLLEGE GREEN TRINITY COLLEGE
D02 CX56 DUBLIN 2
Irlanda

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Región
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 2 170 658,00

Participantes (14)