On the Injection Molding of Nanostructured Polymer Surfaces

Henrik Pranov, Henrik K. Rasmussen, Niels Bent Larsen, Nikolaj Gadegaard

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    Abstract

    Well-defined nano-topographies were prepared by electron-beam lithography and electroplated to form nickelshims. The surface pattern consisted of square pillars repeated equidistantly within the plane of the surface in a perpendicular arrangement. The width and distance between the squares both ranged from 310 to 3100 rim. All the pillars were 220 nm high. The nickel-shim was used as a surface-template during injection molding of polycarbonate. Secondly, a nickel shim, with a surface pattern consisted of a squared sine with a period of 700 nm and amplitude of 450 nm, was mounted on, and it was in good thermal contact with the upper plate in a hot-press. Polycarbonate/polystyrene was melted on the lower plate while the temperature of the shim was kept below the glass transition temperature. The upper plate was lowered until the shim was in contact with the melt. Experiments were carried out with a clean shim and a shim coated with a monolayer of fluorocarbonsilane. As a result of the surface coating, the amplitude of the replicated grating decreased from about 350 nm in polycarbonate and 100 nm in polystyrene to less than 10 nm. The experiments strongly suggest that the possibility to injection mold sub-micrometer surface structures in polymers mainly relates to adhesive energy between polymer and shim.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
    Volume46
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)160-171
    ISSN0032-3888
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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