Some insects have had the solution to this problem for millions of years. On the surface of a moth’s eyes for example, miniscule, conical nanostructures ensure an almost complete absence of reflection.
Based on this example, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has developed a technique for the nanostructured anti-reflective coating of surfaces. Until now, the production of these coatings has been very expensive and time-consuming.
With the newly-developed nanoAR process, however, affordable production on a large scale has now become possible. In our research group, we continue to develop the commercial potential of this technology.
|nanoAR method||Other methods|
|Efficient, cost-effective (15 min / side)||Complex, time-intensive (hours)|
|Wide operating range (> 1500 nm)||Limited operating range (10 to 300 nm)|
|High T and low R tunable (UV, VIS, NIR)||Limited tunable range|
|For various optical materials||For select few materials|
|Stable with a high temperature gradient||Unstable with a high temperature gradient|
The nanoAR method offers many possibilities for improvement in various sectors and industries:
The nanoAR technology was developed in the Departments of Prof. Dr. Joachim P. Spatz at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research and the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems within the nanoAR Research Group.
The nanoAR research is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research.
Patents and patents pending.