1 Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark2 Polymer Micro & Nano Engineering, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark
Nanotechnology can be used to make inexpensive plastic parts with functional surfaces. The plastic parts can be molded using a standard injection molding process. The nanostructures are directly transferred from the surface of the molding tool to the surface of the molded plastic part during the molding process. The main advantage with this method is that surface treatments and chemical additives are avoided, which minimizes health risks and simplifies recycling. Another advantage is that the unique technology enables nanostructuring of free form molded parts. The functional surfaces can have many different properties including anti-reflective, self-cleaning, anti-stiction or color effects. In this work we focus on the superhydrophobic and self-cleaning properties.