Nano-structuring glass surfaces

Antireflection (AR) glass surfaces are key components of modern electronic displays, solar panels, LED, and OLED lighting and lenses. Current technology employs AR thin-films that have inconsistent performance across different incident angles and wavelengths, and are susceptible to mechanical wear. Bio-inspired nanostructures on glass surfaces are promising to overcome such issues. While the fabrication of nanostructures has been demonstrated using self-assembly techniques in fused silica, many important scientific challenges, both from a design and fabrication perspective, must be met for anti-reflection technologies to reach its full potential and maturity. Etching of nano-features on hard surfaces, such as tempered or strengthened glass requires more complex methods and is challenging because of the high temperatures required (> 500°C). This project aims to design a novel scalable glass nano-structuring technology for fused silica and other, technologically relevant glasses, including tempered & chemically strengthened soda lime and borosilicate.

Connaissances requises

Mechanical engineering, materials science.
Knowledge of advanced manufacturing processes (micro-fabrication) and glass/ceramic materials is an asset.

 

Programme d'études visé

Maîtrise avec mémoire, Doctorat

Domaines de recherche

Matériaux et fabrication

Financement

Advantageous bursary package (professor + potential complementary industrial bursary)

Autres informations

Starting : Winter 2020 (Starting date is negotiable)
Patners involves : Confidential 

Autre personne contact :  Ricardo Zednik

Personne à contacter

Lucas Hof | lucas.hof@etsmtl.ca